14 October 2016 Return to news listings
The College of Optometrists is calling for nominations for members to join its Council and represent members in its East Midlands, London, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber regions.
The College Council sets the strategic and professional direction of the College, ensuring that it is informed by the views of a representative cross-section of membership. It also elects the Board of Trustees, and has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the College’s activities. As well as bringing members’ views directly to the College, Council members also have an ambassadorial role and help represent the College, both nationally and within their region.
Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt, President of the College of Optometrists, said: “I would like to encourage all those interested in joining Council to submit their nomination. This is an important time for the profession and Council members can help shape it, and the College’s future direction, by representing member’s views and helping to shape the College’s next three- year strategy.”
Priya Jayaprakash, a new College Council member representing the London region said: “I have been representing the London region on the College Council since March of this year and have really enjoyed being an ambassador for the College. As well as knowing that I am inputting into the profession on a national level, and speaking for the profession, I really value participating in local meetings and engaging with members in my region to make sure their views are shared.”
The new Council members will begin their term in March 2017, following the College’s AGM hosted at its annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow. Members sit on Council for a term of three years but, subject to re-election, may serve up to four terms of three years consecutively.
Nomination forms should be completed online here and more information about the College’s governance structure is available on the College’s website. All applications must be supported by two Members or Fellows of the College who live or work in the region for which they are applying.
The closing date for receipt of completed nominations is Friday 4 November 2016 at 5pm and online voting for members will open in November.
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