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Scott Mackie and Helen Tilley appointed to GOC Council

8 Apr 2013

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Optometrists Scott Mackie and Helen Tilley have been appointed as new members of the General Optical Council (GOC).

GOC Chair Gareth Hadley welcomed the announcement, saying: “Scott and Helen both bring considerable experience from their work in many parts of the optical sector and I’m delighted to welcome them both.

“Between them their expertise includes CET, hospital optometry, optical education and promoting the value of optometry in primary eye care. Along with their experience of practising on the high street, this will make them tremendous assets to the GOC and I look forward to working with them both.”

Helen Tilley said: “Public confidence in the regulation of the profession is vital if optometrists and dispensing opticians are to further develop their role as primary eye care providers. As a GOC Council member, I am delighted that I will be able to play a part in helping to ensure public confidence in our registrants.”

Helen works as a community optometrist in her own practice, Monnow Eyecare in Monmouth. She has been a member of the GOC’s Fitness to Practise (FTP) Panel, although she is standing down from this position to avoid any conflict with her new role as a Council member.

Scott Mackie said "The public trusts optometrists, dispensing and contact lens opticians to provide a professional service and protect their eye health. As a GOC Council member, I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues and external stakeholders to assure the public that this trust is well founded and that the profession is making a difference.”

Scott is also a community practitioner, co-owning two practices in Lanarkshire. He is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, acts as a consultant to the industry and is a Director of Professional Services to Visioncall.

The appointments were confirmed by the Privy Council after the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) approved the GOC’s recruitment procedure.

Scott Mackie took up his appointment on 1 April. Helen Tilley will take her appointment up from 1 May, to enable a clear separation between her role as an FTP Panel member and her role as a Council member.

They replace Kevin Lewis and Nick Rumney, whose terms finished on 31 March.


For further information please contact:
Simon Grier
Acting Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478


1. Scott and Helen’s biographies are available from

2. The GOC Council is composed of twelve members; six GOC registrants and six lay members (not optometrists or dispensing opticians). The Chair must be a lay member. Their biographies are available here:

3. The Privy Council formally made the appointment based on the recommendation of the GOC’s selection panel.

4. The selection panel was independently assessed to ensure the process is fair, transparent, open, credible and based on merit. The appointments policy is available from

5. Photographs of Scott and Helen are available on request.

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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