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Fellows

Fellowship (FCOptom) is the College’s highest qualification.  It is an acknowledgement of commitment to the profession, experience and accomplishments.  Since the College foundation in 1980, there have been a number of routes to Fellowship:

Life Fellows are members of the College who are elected by the College Trustees on the strength of their outstanding contribution to the profession of optometry or to the College.

Honorary Fellows are persons who are not members of the College who are elected by the College Trustees on the strength of their outstanding contribution to the profession of optometry or to the College.

Foundation Fellow: The College was founded in 1980 as the single successor body to The British Optical Association and The Scottish Association of Opticians together with the examining function of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.  On the foundation of the College, Fellows or Members of these bodies were awarded Foundation Fellowship.

Fellow by Examination: College Members who were successful in two or more modules of the Fellowship Diploma Examination were awarded Fellowship by Examination. The examination was superseded at the end of 1998 by criteria based on Higher Qualifications.  With the new scheme, College Members who successfully achieved any four Higher Qualification certificates awarded by the College were awarded Fellowship by Examination.  Fellowship by Examination was superseded in 2008 by Fellow by Portfolio.

Fellowship by Portfolio is a flexible way of achieving Fellowship based on achievements in the workplace as well as success in examinations. Applicants apply for Fellowship by submitting a portfolio of evidence covering a wide range of practice demonstrating how their accomplishments, including any examination success, have benefited the practice of optometry as a whole, as well as their own practice.

The following have been made Life Fellows of the College 

  • Mr David Alexander
  • Professor Roger Anderson
  • Mr Frank Barraclough
  • Mr Michael Bateman
  • Professor Jan Bergmanson
  • Mrs Jennifer Birch
  • Mrs Angela Bishop
  • Mr Richard Broughton
  • Dr Wolfgang Cagnolati
  • Donald Cameron
  • Dr Robert Chappell OBE
  • Dr Philip Cole OBE 
  • Mr Peter Cowan
  • Professor Anthony Cullen
  • Mr Harris Daile
  • Professor Christine Dickinson
  • Professor Neville Drasdo
  • Mr Richard Earlam
  • Professor David Edgar
  • Mr Brian Ellis MBE
  • Professor John Flanagan
  • Dr Colin Fowler
  • Professor John L Francis
  • Professor Bernard Gilmartin
  • Mr Malcolm Gray
  • Dr Feike Grit
  • Dr Robert Harper
  • Mr Philip Heal
  • Professor David Henson
  • Dr John Adrian Macdonald Jennings
  • Professor John Lawrenson
  • Anita Lightstone
  • Mr Richard Llewellyn
  • Mr Donald Loran
  • Professor Ron Mallett
  • Miss Elizabeth McClure
  • Professor George Miller MBE
  • Professor Michel Millodot
  • Ms Gwyneth Morgan
  • Miss Judith Morris
  • Mr Frank Munro
  • Professor Rachel North
  • Professor Daniel O'Leary
  • Francis John Pettigrew
  • Jonathan Pointer
  • Kenneth Pullum
  • Mr Ronald Rabbetts
  • Mr Michael Redican
  • Geoff Roberson
  • Mr Richard Roberts OBE
  • David Stidwill
  • Miss Janet Stone
  • Elaine Styles
  • Dr Norman Wallis
  • Mr Trevor Warburton
  • Dr Michael Wolffe

The following have been made Honorary Fellows of the College

  • Nick Astbury
  • Lady Betty Boothroyd
  • Mr Mike Brace
  • Professor Roger Buckley
  • Mr G Burtt Holmes
  • Professor W Charman
  • Mr Tom Collingridge
  • Professor J Cronly-Dillon
  • Professor Bertil Damato
  • Mr Anthony Di Stefano
  • Professor Harminder Dua
  • Professor J P Frisby
  • Tone Garaas-Maurdalen
  • Professor David Gartry
  • Mr John Hart
  • Mr David Heath MP
  • Professor Brien Holden
  • Professor Mohammed Jalie
  • Lord Jenkin of Roding
  • Professor Peng Tee Khaw
  • Mr Richard Keeler
  • Dame Jill Knight DBE
  • Lord Low of Dalston CBE
  • Professor John Marshall
  • Professor Kovin Naidoo
  • Mr Frank Norville
  • Mr Melvyn Roffe
  • Professor Gary Rubin
  • Miss Fiona Spencer
  • Professor Deborah Sweeney
  • Professor Brian Tighe
  • Dr Bridget Towle
  • Mrs Rosie Varley
  • Mr Steve Vernon
  • Professor Arnold Wilkins
  • Professor George Woo

The following have been made Honorary Members of the College

  • Ms Helen Stanforth

 

The following members have been awarded Fellowship by Examination

  • Irfan Mikail Ahmed
  • Richard James Allen
  • Pradeep Kumar Bahri
  • Nik Banurji
  • Dr De Gaulle Igbodiegwu Chigbu
  • Caroline Louise Christie
  • Professor Bruce John William Evans
  • Peter Charles Garwood
  • Sophie Jane Harper
  • Heather Deborah Jameson
  • Dr Michael Edward Johnson
  • Deborah Annette Jones
  • Dr Lyndon William James Jones
  • Jane Helen Kempton
  • Alexander Levit
  • Robert Michael Trevor Linsky
  • Andrew Charles Matheson
  • Dr Andrew James Morgan
  • Hazel Gillian Pearson
  • Russell John Ramsden
  • Nicholas James Rumney
  • Andrew John Elder Smith
  • Christopher Frank Steele
  • John Graham Tickner
  • Michael Timlin
  • Barbara Joan Watson
  • Lynne Alison Weddell
  • Alison Janet Weston
  • Una Whitcombe

The following members have been awarded Fellowship by Portfolio

  • Dr Peter Allen
  • Professor Roger Anderson
  • David Berkow
  • Dr Susan Blakeney
  • Dr Salvator Camilleri
  • Adrian Chorley
  • Colin Davidson
  • Dr Leon Davies
  • Christian Dutton
  • Dr Frank Eperjesi
  • Peter Frampton
  • Gavin Galloway
  • Alexander Gentle
  • Dr Deacon Harle
  • Rakesh Kapoor 
  • Robert Keys
  • Dr Keziah Latham
  • Jane Macnaughton
  • Dr Paul Murphy
  • Joy Myint
  • Dr Shehzad Naroo
  • Yvonne Norgett
  • Martin O'Brien
  • Dr Keyur Patel
  • Dr Sheila Rae
  • Dr Kathryn Saunders
  • Karen Sparrow
  • Trevor Warburton
  • David Wilson
  • Professor James Wolffsohn

 

 

Apply for a Fellowship by portfolio

Fellowship by portfolio is a flexible way of achieving Fellowship based on achievements in the workplace as well as success in examinations. Find out more and how to apply.