Scotland Council members

There are three Councillors representing College members in Scotland. They help set and deliver the College's strategic and business plans. They also act as ambassadors for their region, sharing news, views and information between the College and their constituents. 

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Dr Laura E Sweeney MCOptom DipTp(IP)
Council Member - Scotland

Laura is originally from Glasgow and continues to work and live in the Southside of the city. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in 2008 and completed her pre-registration year at McCabe Opticians in Barrhead. In 2010 she began her PhD studies. Prior to, and throughout her PhD studies, Laura worked part time as a specialist optometrist in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde working in the glaucoma, cataract and paediatric clinics. Alongside her PhD studies she also completed the Independent Prescribing qualification in 2014.

In 2014 Laura took up a post with Dundee University as postgraduate optometry tutor and she was involved in the creation of evidence based online CET materials for optometrists and helped develop the Scotland wide Peer Assisted Learning Network. In 2015 she took up a post as lecturer at GCU where she is involved in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate optometrists. Alongside her teaching commitments, Laura’s current research interests include binocular vision, accommodation, eye movements and Alzheimer’s disease. Alongside her lecturing post Laura works as a self-employed locum optometrist, working regularly in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire and she is part of the Lanarkshire Eye Network Scheme. Laura was elected College Council Member in March 2017.

E: laura.sweeney@college-optometrists.org

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

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.

E: johnathan.waugh@college-optometrists.org

 

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