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News from 27 March Council

28 Mar 2013

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Farewell to Kevin Lewis and Nick Rumney

GOC Chair Gareth Hadley paid tribute to Kevin Lewis and Nick Rumney in their final GOC Council meeting. Both optometrists’ terms as members end on 31 March.

Gareth Hadley said: “Both have made very significant contributions in their time as Council members and have given us their substantial experience of the profession. I want to place on record our thanks for their important contributions to our work regulating optometrists and dispensing opticians in the UK.”

The GOC will announce their replacements next week.

Other news

Council approved new terms of reference for its Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees. Remuneration Committee, which sets the level of fees paid to GOC Council members, committee members and advisors, as well as the remuneration of the chief executive, will now include an independent external member.

Council decided to review member and committee fees in the autumn when setting the 2014/15 budget. Council accepted Remuneration Committee’s decision not to increase member and committee fees for 2013/14.

Council approved a change to the operation of the GOC’s statutory advisory committees (Standards, Education, Registration and Companies). Council members, rather than staff, will now chair each of the four committees.

Next meeting – Thursday 16 May 2013 at 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8DJ. Time to be confirmed at a later date.


For further information, please contact:

Simon Grier
GOC Acting Communications Manager
020 7307 3478

About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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