Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Code of Conduct Committee hears any complaint against a member, referred to the Committee by the Chief Executive, who is alleged to have breached the College’s Code of Conduct, and then determines an appropriate sanction.

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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. 



Shane Abbas Bhimani BSc(Hons) MCOptom FBDO CL DipTp (IP) Higher Cert Glauc
Council Member - London

Shane qualified in 2007 as a Dispensing Optician and then went on to qualify as a Contact Lens Optician in 2009. He studied Optometry at Bradford University in 2010. During his studies he was awarded the Bausch & Lomb prize in 2009 for a consistent high standard in all theory and practical assessments and the AOP prize 2011 for highest marks achieved. Shane is an Independent Prescribing Optometrist with the Higher Certificate in Glaucoma and is working towards his Diploma in Glaucoma. He has recently enrolled in the Executive MBA at Aston University. 

Shane is the Clinical Director at Specsavers Hemel Hempstead as well as a Contact Lens Engagement Lead. He also works at Moorfields Eye Hospital in a consultant-led glaucoma clinic. He was elected College Council Member for the London region in February 2019.



Shamina Asif BSc MCOptom
Council Member - West Midlands

Shamina qualified from Aston University in 2004 with a First-class honours degree and having a having received the highest prize in elective studies. She is currently a self- employed optometrist having, worked for Boots Opticians for 12 years and is a tutor on the Boots Opticians pre-registration programme. She has supervised two pre-registration students.

Shamina is Chair of the Dudley LOC and Vice-Chair of Walsall LOC. She has been actively involved in promoting optometry, having been featured in two articles in the Daily Mail. She has a keen interest in the effect of nutrition and smoking on ARMD.


Clare Harrington LLB (Hons) LLM
Lay Advisory Panel Member

Clare is a barrister practising principally in the areas of personal injury and employment law. She is a director of 13 King’s Bench Walk Limited and a member of her chambers’ management committee. She is also a practitioner lecturer at The Inns of Court School of Law.