The Lay Advisory Panel (LAP) plays a vital role in encouraging the college to consider patients in all aspects of the development of its policies. Lay members either have personal experience of eye care services and/or share our passion and commitment to eye health. They ensure that guidance and decisions consider diverse backgrounds and address relevant issues. Their responsibilities include:

  • contributing to the College’s vision
  • advocating for patient perspectives
  • offering alternative viewpoints
  • questioning established norms
  • providing input on policy development
  • advising leadership based on their valuable experience.

Mark Redhead MA, MBA, FRSA

Lay Trustee, Chair of the Lay Advisory Panel

Mark’s career to date has been in health policy, management and sector development. Following a variety of roles in membership organisations and the NHS, Mark currently is head of system partnerships at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Katie Engel LLB

Vice Chair of the Lay Advisory Panel

After graduating, Katie worked as a solicitor in private practice and in-house. In 2009 she moved into the regulation of the legal profession, working for the Law Society's Legal Complaints Service and then the Legal Ombudsman. She is currently an adjudicator for an ombudsman scheme and enjoys the variety and challenge that the work brings.

Andrea Clerk MBA, CIPD

Lay Advisory Panel Member

Andrea has extensive experience in governance and regulation and has worked within the legal and medical professions with responsibilities for professional training, standards, compliance and continuing education. She is skilled in modernising product ranges and service approaches, notably through an emphasis on blended learning. Andrea is passionate about giving individuals the right training at all stages of their careers, in order to ensure they have the proper skills and experience to deal confidently and professionally with challenges as they arise.

Lyuba Copestake

Lay Advisory Panel Member

Lyuba graduated as a registered Nurse and has worked in specialist areas of mental health such as forensics, early intervention, primary care and addictions in both inpatient and community settings. She has post graduate study in Mental health interventions and an MSc in Management. She’s a passionate advocate for people disenfranchised by long term mental health conditions. She has an interest in the intersection of physical health, long term conditions and mental health. Her interest in optometry started when she was diagnosed with a chronic corneal condition that has required regular contact with eye health specialists.

Nicola Hazle BNurs (Hons), MSc, RMHN

Lay Advisory Panel Member

Nicola is a registered Mental Health Nurse with extensive experience of working in a range of senior clinical and operational roles across several mental health and community NHS Trusts. Between 2008-2016 she worked as a Registrant Panel Member for Fitness to Practice at the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Nicola is experienced in service transformation, working at a strategic, system level with a range of partners and organisations, with an interest in workforce and clinical professional leadership development.

Rekha Randhawa LLB (Hons), MA

Lay Advisory Panel Member

After completing her undergraduate law degree at University College London and a Master’s degree in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London, Rekha was Called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2007. Following extensive experience working as a legal assistant in healthcare and non-healthcare disciplinary prosecution work, she cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2012.

Amarpal Takk LLB (Hons)

Lay Advisory Panel Member

Amarpal is a graduate from City University London having read Business Law. He started his legal career at a leading international law firm focusing on company and corporate law and then moved to the banking and finance sector. He is currently Head of Legal of Capital Markets for a leading UK bank.

Kiren Hayre BSc MCOptom, Prof Cert Glauc, Prof Cert Med Ret, PgCert Clinical Optometry

Council member - South East

Kiren is a dedicated professional who graduated from Aston University in 2012. With a strong foundation in optometry, she has been committed to clinical excellence and career development since her pre-registration year. Kiren has served as a valued member of the Kent and Medway LOC committee since 2018, actively contributing to the optometric community.

Seema Rauniar MCOptom

Council Member - Eastern

Seema graduated from City University in 2011 and holds another degree in Biomedical Sciences in which she achieved a First Class Honours as well as the Dudley Cheeseman prize for best performing student. She completed her pre-registration year with Vision Express and carried on working in various Vision Express stores within Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire whilst building up her clinical experience.

Dr Gillian Rudduck PhD MCOptom DipTp(IP) Higher Cert Glauc

President, Council Member - North West

Gillian has over 20 years' experience in a wide range of optometry, including primary and secondary care and academia, and currently practices as a consultant optometrist and a clinical lead at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals.