Lay Advisory Panel

We want to encourage our members to involve patients in all aspects of their care and the development of eye care services, and the Lay Advisory Panel play a key role in achieving this.

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Panel members provide a vital link to the public and patients, enabling us to understand areas of interest and concern. They provide an alternative viewpoint and question and challenge our established activities.They also provide specialist advice, based on their particular area of expertise.


Emeritus Professor David Caplin
Lay Advisory Panel Member

David is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where he has spent most of his scientific career. He maintains an international research activity in electronic materials, particularly magnetic and superconducting compounds; in the past, he has had some interests in the optical properties of materials. He has extensive experience of appraisal and review of research programmes, both nationally and internationally, and  has published about 300 research papers. 

Since retiring, David has been a Lay Member of the Bar Standards Board Conduct Committee, and was one of two Lay Vice-Chairs (2006-2008); he is currently the Vice-Chair on two National Patient Safety Agency Research Ethics Committees, and is a Lay Partner with the Health Professions Council.

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.

Tony Cowburn BSc
Lay Advisory Panel Member

Tony is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton and has worked his entire career in scientific research and development (R&D).  He started his career as semiconductor process engineer with Phillips and then became an R&D manager at the IBM UK Development Laboratories, developing magnetic disc drives. He was involved in a management buy out  at IBM and became Technical Director for ADFlex, before completing his career as Technical Director for City Technology (electrochemical & optical gas sensors).

Tony is now semi-retired and works occasionally as a consultant. He has had a deep interest in all eye care matters since experiencing a serious eyesight problem as a teenager.

Katie Engel LLB
Lay Advisory Panel Member

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.

Katie has a keen interest in optometry due to her family's eye conditions and has had several operations relating to her eyelids over a number of years.

Andrew McGregor BSc MCOptom
Council Member - North East

Andrew graduated from Bradford University in 1990 as a mature student, having spent seven years as an army officer. He has run an independent high street optometric practice with his wife in Ashington, Northumberland since 1991. During this time he has also been employed an optometric adviser for NHS North of Tyne and was appointed to the Professional Executive Committee of NHS North of Tyne as an optometry professional between 2007 and 2011. He is a trained College facilitator.

Andrew has served on the Wansbeck District Council and Ashington Town Councils and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Ashington Town Team.


Pratik Patel
Lay Advisory Panel - Optometrist not on Council

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.  After qualification, she specialised initially in claimant clinical negligence work, working for major London firms in that field and representing primarily children with cerebral palsy following birth hypoxia. Latterly, she worked as an in-house solicitor at a leading medical defence organisation, defending doctors and dentists from medical/dental negligence claims and disciplinary proceedings.

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. 

Mark is also chair of a national patient charity, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, and is keen on working with behaviours - pursuing an interest in coaching, facilitation and group relations. 

As a user of optometry services and a keen supporter of the role colleges play in the development of professions and services, Mark is delighted to join the lay advisory panel.

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. 

Johnathan Waugh BSc MCOptom DipTp (IP)
Council Member - Scotland

Johnathan qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2000 and undertook his pre-reg in the hospital eye service at St. Paul's Eye Unit, Liverpool. He then worked as a locum across the UK before working with ASDA Opticians for three years. Returning to the hospital sector in 2005, he was involved with Glaucoma and paediatric care, achieving IP status in 2010.

In 2013, Johnathan joined a small independent practice in Hamilton. He still continues with some hospital sessions, as well as fulfilling various other commitments - including student supervision at Glasgow Caledonian University.



Dr Magdalena Zarowiecki
Lay Advisory Panel Member

Magdalena is Senior Cancer Analyst at Genomics England, a company set up by the Department of Health & Social Care, with the aim of delivering breakthrough genomic analysis to NHS patients, making UK the first country in the World to integrate genomics into standard-of-care. She has more than 15 years’ experience of working with genomics and stratified medicine projects, looking at a range of different genetic and epigenetic data, she has written statistic analysis and bioinformatic pipelines working at Institute of Cancer Research, Kings College London, Imperial College and Wellcome Sanger Institute. 

She has published high profile research papers, and extensively supported programmes for quality assurance, equality, diversity and career progression.



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.