Lay Advisory Panel - Chairman
John Thompson was formerly a Civil Servant working with Ministers to develop and implement their policies. He spent much of his career at the Department of Health where, among other posts, he was Head of the Primary Care Division that included policy onthe non-medical primary care professions (optometrists, dentists and pharmacists). Other senior posts dealt with NHS Reform, AIDS, and the use of medicines in the NHS. Later, at the Home Office he was head of the Crime Prevention Agency and the Crime Reduction Unit. At the Health and Safety Executive he was head of the Chemicals Policy Division. At present he is a Non-Executive Director of the Richmond and Twickenham Primary Care Trust and he was Clerk of the Independent Inquiry into a Professional Body for Pharmacy.
Lay Panel Member
Jonathan is a director of Operis TRG Limited, a specialist financial modelling and advisory firm working in the project finance and public-private partnership industry. He has an MBA and is a member of the Securities Institute and he is the author of the standard textbook on financial modelling. He is currently a governor of Anglia Ruskin University and a Justice of the Peace, and has previously served on the boards of several charitable and voluntary bodies. Jonathan has extensive experience of corporate governance in the public and private sectors, with particular expertise in audit and compliance.
Lay Advisory Panel - Vice Chairman
Andrew is Finance Director of one of the leading Wealth Management firms in the UK. Andrew has worked in International Banking for 13 years, originally in the Capital Markets area at an Investment Bank and for the last 7 years within the Wealth Management sector. Andrew's first degree was in Finance from Loughborough University and he is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant. Andrew also holds an MBA from London Business School. Andrew has a very keen interest in Optometry as a result of historic and ongoing eye problems which have brought him into close contact with the profession.
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David is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where he has spent most of his scientific career. He maintains an international research activity in electronic materials, particularly magnetic and superconducting compounds; in the past, he has had some interests in the optical properties of materials. He has extensive experience of appraisal and review of research programmes, both nationally and internationally. He has published about 300 research papers, and has some experience of broadcasting on science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Since retirement he has been a Lay Member of the Bar Standards Board Conduct Committee, and was one of two Lay Vice-Chairs (2006-2008); he is currently the Vice-Chair on two National Patient Safety Agency Research Ethics Committees, and is a Lay Partner with the Health Professions Council.
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Clare is a barrister practising principally in the areas of personal injury and employment law. She is a director of 13 King’s Bench Walk Limited and a member of her chambers’ management committee. In addition to her work at the bar, Clare is a practitioner lecturer at The Inns of Court School of Law. She is keenly interested in the theatre and dance and is currently a member of the dramatic committee of the Sevenoaks Players, a registered charity.
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Tony is a Physics graduate from the University of Southampton and has worked his entire career in scientific Research & Development. He started work as a semiconductor process engineer with Phillips and then became an R&D manager at the IBM UK Development Laboratories developing magnetic disc drives. He was involved in an MBO from IBM and subsequently became Technical Director for ADFlex (flexible printed circuits) and then Technical Director for City Technology (electrochemical & optical gas sensors). He is now semi-retired and works occasionally as a consultant. He has had a deep interest in all eye care matters since experiencing a serious eyesight problem as a teenager.
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Philip worked as an academic in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Cambridge, and retired in 2009 as Director of Teaching. He conducted research into hormonal communication between plant cells and the responses of plants to wounding and infection. He taught students of natural sciences and of human and veterinary medicine and initiated and ran a new course, Molecules in Medical Science, in response to the “Tomorrows Doctors” initiative of the General Medical Council. He is experienced in initiating and managing organisational change while retaining continuity, and has also worked with students individually as a college tutor and small-group teacher.
Kamlesh is an optometrist who graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University and after passing his Professional Qualifying Exams embarked on a PhD entitled Accommodation and Flicker at Manchester University. After his PhD he remained at Manchester University lecturing in a variety of topics including Instrumentation, Binocular Vision, Statistics, Ocular Pathology and Children’s Vision. His research interests were directed toward visual performance in older people and in particular driving at night.
Whilst at Manchester University Kamlesh also managed the Professional Services programme for Undergraduates and Pre-registration Optometrists for Dollond and Aitchison till 2009 and sat on the Professional Services Board. Since 2009 Kamlesh has been working at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE®, UK. The institute is a facility dedicated to providing innovative hands-on education in a state-of-the-art facility unique in the UK. Kamlesh is now the Director of THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE®, Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd in Europe, Middle East and Africa overseeing 5 institutes in the region.
Kamlesh has been involved with examining and assessing for the College of Optometrists and was a Chief Examiner. Within the College he has held a variety of positions including Vice Chair of the Education Committee, Chair of the Research Committee and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Kamlesh is the current President of the College of Optometrists and a Patron of Fight for Sight.
Lisa qualified as an Optometrist from UWIST in 1983 and has extensive optometric experience both in the commercial and University environments. She has also been a Pre-registration Supervisor. Lisa is a Chair of the GOC Visitor Panel, a member of the SE Wales Regional Optical Committee and a Non Executive Optometric Member of Cardiff’s Local Health Board promoting and voicing the views of the profession locally. In addition to this, Lisa is Chair of Governors of Cardiff High School, member of NICE Technology Appeals Panel and a Justice of the Peace.