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Selina Ullah reappointed to GOC Council

21 Aug 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has reappointed lay member Selina Ullah for a second term on the Council.

Selina’s new term will begin on 1 September 2014 and expires on 31 August 2019. She was originally appointed to Council in August 2011.

Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: “Selina has made a tremendous contribution to our work over the last three years. Her extensive experience of community engagement and of delivery of services to diverse groups equips her with a particular insight into our approach to our core task of seeing that patients are protected. It was an easy decision for us to ask the Privy Council to appoint her for a second term.

“Our standards review project in particular has already benefited hugely from Selina’s expertise. She’s a strong voice advocating what is best for patients and the public and she has used the wide range of experience she has obtained in many spheres to make a huge contribution to our work. I greatly look forward to continuing to work with Selina in the future.”

Selina Ullah said: “I’ve greatly enjoyed my three years with the GOC so I’m delighted to have been reappointed for another term on Council. It’s such an exciting time to be a member, in particular because of the great importance of our ongoing standards review. I’m so pleased I’ll be able to see this work through to fruition.”

As well as being a Council member Selina is also the Chair of the GOC’s Standards Committee and a member of its Nominations Committee. She has had a large role in much of the GOC’s work in recruiting panel members.

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


For further information please contact:

Simon Grier

Communications Manager

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3478




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

4. A Photograph of Selina is 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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