Governance Group

The College's Governance Group is responsible for drafting the regulations required to implement any changes to the committee structure and for drafting, or amending, governance documents.

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Committee members advise the Board on governance matters, draft regulations, such as terms of reference, for the committees and ensure that the Council is consulted on matters relating to the governance of the College. 

 

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. 

E: kyla.black@college-optometrists.org
 

Dr George Anthony Gibson BSc PhD MCOptom
Council Member - North East

Tony left Aston University in 2003 with a 1st Class Honours degree and qualified in 2004. He then returned to Aston University in 2005 to study for a PhD which he gained in 2008. Tony currently works in independent practice in Darlington. He is a committee member of the Durham LOC. 

E: tony.gibson@college-optometrists.org

Professor Edward Mallen BSc PhD MCOptom
President, Council Member - Yorkshire and Humber

Ed graduated in optometry from Aston University in 1998, and completed a PhD at the same institution in 2003. He is now Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Professor of Physiological Optics at the University of Bradford. He also holds the position of Honorary Professor with the School of Health Professions, Plymouth University, and Visiting Professor at Aston University. Ed was appointed College President in March 2018.

Ed is the Ex Officio of the Education and Standards and Research Committees and the Lay Advisory Panel.

E: ed.mallen@college-optometrists.org

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. 

E: aleksandra.mankowska@college-optometrists.org

 

Eddie Pigott MCOptom
Council Member - South East

Eddie qualified from Cardiff University in 2011 and remained in Wales to complete his pre-registration year. He spent several years working within independent, multiple and domiciliary practice before volunteering as an Optometrist in Ghana for several months.

In his current role as Professional Services Manager at Alcon UK he has presented at conferences across the UK and is tasked with creating contemporary educational offerings and delivering clinical training and CET to optometrists, contact lens opticians and dispensing opticians as well as support teams. Eddie was elected College Council Member for the South East region in March 2019.

E: eddie.pigott@college-optometrists.org

Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt PhD MCOptom DipGlauc DipTP(IP)
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Immediate Past President, Council Member - Wales

Mary-Ann was elected President of the College of Optometrists in March 2016. She is part of a multidisciplinary team at Bristol Eye Hospital in the Shared Care Department.  Previously, she has worked as a community optometrist in independent and multiple environments around South Wales and the South West, and as an associate tutor and visiting lecturer at Cardiff University. Mary-Ann represented the College on Optometry Wales Council for five years, and was a member of Optometry Wales Board for three.  

E: mary-ann.sherratt@college-optometrists.org

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. 

Kathryn Trimmer BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP)
Council Member - Scotland

Kathryn qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1999 and has worked in Grampian in North East Scotland ever since for both multiple and independent practices. She has supervised pre-registration optometrists in her early career and moved to Professional Services Manager of a large independent group where she mentors and supports optometrists and dispensing opticians at all stages of their career. In this role she has been involved in service development in the practices as well as locally with the Grampian Eye Health Network, where optometry has been the first port of call for all patients with acute eye problems since 2007. She is past Vice-Chair of Grampian AOC, and is an active member of Optometry Scotland which has recently negotiated a new GOS contract for Scotland. She achieved Independent Prescribing status in 2013.

She regularly holds peer reviews following accreditation as a College Facilitator and hosts CET events locally. She was elected College Council Member in March 2019.

E: kathryn.trimmer@college-optometrists.org

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