Education and Standards Committee

The Education and Standards Committee advises the Board on all aspects of professional standards for optometrists, as well as standards for optometric education, training and assessment.

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Committee members help us to ensure that our clinical and professional guidance, training and qualifications, and monitoring and assessment activities are relevant, robust and reliable. 


Dr Gillian Rudduck BSc MSc PhD MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Dip TP (IP)
Trustee, Chair of the Education and Standards Committee, 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 clinical lead at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals.

Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Optics, Gillian has achieved a MSc  in Management Practice and a Doctorate in Philosophy. She holds the College's Professional Certificate in Glaucoma and a qualification in Independent Prescribing.

Gillian has worked with NICE as a guidance committee member and is a CQC specialist advisor. Her work at the College has involved the development of higher qualifications and competency frameworks.


Kyla Black BSc MCOptom
Council Member - East Midlands

Originally from Northern Ireland, Kyla graduated from Aston University in 1996 and completed her Pre Reg year with Dollond & Aitchison in 1997. She has worked for both Dollond and Aitchison, and since the merger, Boots Opticians for 22 years. In this time she has supported and supervised a number of pre-reg optometrists and student dispensing opticians.
She has experienced a number of leadership roles within Boots Opticians and is currently Senior Clinical Services Manager working in professional services where her role encompasses all Boots Opticians' practices company-wide. She has a team of 15 optometrists who support professionals and maintain clinical governance. 

Her passions include colleague professional development and bringing change to high street optics with changes in technology, including diagnostic, refractive and innovative ophthalmic products. 


Lucy Blown MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc
Council Member - South East

Lucy graduated from City University in 2006 and completed her pre reg placement with Dollond and Aitchison. She worked for D&A/Boots until 2014, when she joined Vision Express. Lucy is currently Optometrist Store Manager at Vision Express, plus Regional Optical Lead, supporting Optometrists on a day-to-day basis and Personal Development Tutor, supporting pre reg trainees throughout their year and facilitating courses. 

Since 2013, Lucy have been a Visiting Clinical Tutor at City University, supporting practical sessions and patient clinics. In 2015, she became a College Assessor. 

Lucy has completed several post graduate modules and is currently studying for an MSc. She is a committee member of Kent and Medway LOC and was elected College Council member in March 2017.


Dr Aleksandra Mankowska BSc PhD MCOptom
Treasurer, Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee, Council Member - Yorkshire and Humber

Alex entered the optometric profession in 2004 after 11 years in the automotive industry. She graduated from Bradford University in 2007, and was awarded a PhD by the same institution in 2013 for a study of blur adaptation in human vision. She is currently a member of the undergraduate teaching staff at Bradford with responsibility for the Binocular Vision and Paediatric clinics.

Alex also works as a specialist optometrist at York Teaching Hospital in the AMD treatment clinic, and is part of the ophthalmology research team. She continues to practise as a locum optometrist in the multiple and independent sectors. 



Dr Joy Myint FCOptom Prof Cert LV FHEA
Trustee, Council Member - London

Joy has had a varied career including the charity sector, primary and secondary eyecare, and is currently principally employed within the university environment. Joy is a Chief Examiner and Assessor for The College of Optometrists and is Chair of both the College’s Scheme for Registration Final Assessment Panel and the Scheme for Registration Performance Panel. Joy is an International Visual Impairment Classifier for the International Paralympic Committee, Deputy Chair of Optometry Schools Council and continues to practice in the field of low vision. She is a Fellow of The College of Optometrists and has a College Professional Certificate in Low Vision. 


Matt Roney Bsc MCOptom
Council Member – North West

Matt graduated from the University of Bradford in 2016, and went on to complete his pre registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Soon after qualifying, Matt undertook a post at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital. He is currently a Senior Optometrist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Although Matt’s role is predominately within the hospital, he locums regularly in private practice.

Matt was elected College Council Member for the North West region in March 2019.


Hassnain Safdar MCOptom
Council Member - East Midlands

Hassnain graduated from Aston University in 2016 and completed his pre-reg with Specsavers in 2017. Currently, he practices as a locum optometrist in a variety of multiple and independent practices. He was the inaugural LOCSU Student ambassador in 2016 and remains an active committee member of the Leicestershire and Rutland LOC since 2019. In addition, he is a junior faculty member for the Johnson and Johnson institute STEP programme where he mentors other pre-reg students as and sits on the newly-qualified reference panel for the College. Hassnain is passionate on building a strong relationship between primary and secondary care and strives to promote the role Optometrists can play in an increasingly stretched NHS.


Meera Shah MCOptom
Council Member - London

Meera qualified in 2007 from Anglia Ruskin University with a first class honours degree. In her final year she was awarded the AOP prize for the best overall performance in the Legal and Business aspects of Optometry Module. 

Since qualification she has worked in a variety of roles at Boots Opticians. Her roles have included working as both a resident & mobile Optometrist and within that time she has supervised several Pre Reg-Optometrists. In the last 6 years she has worked as a Clinical Governance Optometrist in the London area within the Professional services team at Boots Opticians. 

Her current role involves working with a wide variety of Optometrists all in different stages in their career and working with different stakeholders across the organisation. Meera is passionate about supporting Optometrists to deliver high clinical standards and compliance with patient centred care. She was elected College Council Member for the London region in February 2020.


Kiki Soteri MSc BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTP(IP) FHEA ProfCertGlauc ProfCertMedRet
Trustee, Vice Chair of the Education and Standards Committee, Council Member - South West

Kiki is head of optometry development for Specsavers, external examiner to Cardiff University for postgraduate courses and an honorary associate professor at Plymouth University. Qualifying in 1996 and working in hospital and community settings, she went on to be the founding director of an independent practice. During that time, she completed a Masters in clinical optometry with City University which diversified the scope of her clinical provision.

As a lecturer to undergraduates, she developed the UK’s first problem-based learning module for clinical case management in optometry and continues to build on that approach with the ongoing creation and development of CET and CPD assets. Since qualifying as an independent prescriber in 2011, she has encouraged students and colleagues to evaluate and achieve their professional objectives through directed learning, particularly higher qualifications. Kiki is a trustee to the board of The College of Optometrists where she has contributed to various committees and panels.


Barbara Watson MSc FCOptom DCLP
Council Member - Yorkshire and Humber

Barbara has been an optometrist for more than 30 years and has worked throughout West Yorkshire in independent practice, multiple practice, as a locum and for local hospitals. She was one of the first members of the College to gain her Fellowship by examination and also holds the College Diploma in Contact Lens Practice.



OSC representative

Dr Kirsten Hamilton-Maxwell PhD B.Optom(Hons) FHEA

Kirsten is the Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences at Cardiff University. She has been an optometrist for over 20 years, originally graduating in 1998 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She subsequently worked in full-time clinical optometric practice before embarking on a PhD in 2003, returning once again to UNSW to do so. She joined Cardiff University in 2007, registering with the GOC in the same year.

Kirsten is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a keen interest in the enhancement of optometric education, in areas such as assessment and feedback, learning technology and the student experience. Her optometric area of expertise is in corneal biomechanics, and in particular, how this seemingly innocuous parameter may be linked to glaucoma, keratoconus, myopia control, and intraocular pressure measurement.

Kirsten is the OSC representative on the College of Optometrists Education and Standard Committee. She is also the External Examiner for the Professional Qualifying Exam, Association of Optometrists, Ireland.



Colin Davidson BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipTp(IP)
President, Council Member - South East

Colin currently works part-time for the University of Hertfordshire where he is programme lead for independent prescribing. He also works in independent practice in East Sussex, and at Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton where he works in both A&E and uveitis clinics. He is a senior assessor for the College and an OSCE chief examiner. He is a former member of East Sussex LOC and a current member of the education faculty at the Johnson and Johnson Institute.

Colin was awarded a Diploma in Independent Prescribing Dip TP(IP) in 2011, and Fellowship of the College in 2013.