New director of regulation
Mandie Lavin has been appointed as our interim director of regulation. Mandie, a qualified barrister, has significant experience of working in regulation. She is a former director of the Bar Standards Board and was director of fitness to practise and legal affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Read our directors' full biographies here
In September, we exhibited for the third year in a row at Citizens Advice Conference in York. We met hundreds of staff and volunteers from bureaux, and explained to them about the role of the GOC and the types of complaints we can help with.
Team GOC raised a total of £1,952.50 for research into sight-threatening conditions on Fight for Sight’s 15 mile Carrots Nightwalk. Eight GOC staff and Council member James Russell completed the walk - a big thank you to everyone who sponsored the team.
Registration fee cut
For the second year in a row, we have cut our registration fee. The fee for both optometrists and dispensing opticians has been cut by £10 to £260. GOC chief executive and registrar, Samantha Peters said: “The reduction in fees for next year is a sign of our ongoing commitment to increasing our efficiency as a regulator, whilst ensuring public protection.”