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.


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.

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.