Eastern Council members

There are three Councillors representing College members in the Eastern region. 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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Professor Peter Allen BSc(Hons) PhD FCOptom
Council member - Eastern

Peter graduated from City University in 1990.  He then completed a PhD and Post Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Anglia Ruskin University, where he is now the Director of Clinics and Professor of Optometry and Visual Sciences. His current research interests include refractive error development, vision and reading, vision in sports and visual function in specialist populations. Peter is an assessor and examiner for the College.

E: peter.allen@college-optometrists.org


Deepali Modha MCOptom
Council Member - Eastern

Deepali graduated from Cardiff University in 2009, and became a qualified optometrist in August 2010. She has mainly worked in multiples, and currently works for Vision Express, based in the St Albans store. Deepali is a Regional Optical Lead for Vision express, which involves working with her regional manager to help professional staff and stores in the area, and to provide them with support, guidance and training if needed. Deepali supervises a pre-reg trainee and is a Professional Development Tutor for pre-regs in the company. This role involves running workshops, tutorials and helping students by giving them pastoral care. Deepali is a strong believer learning from peers, and as a result regularly facilitates peer reviews. She is an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and primarily assesses OSCEs on the distance based Ophthalmic Dispensing foundation degree. 

Deepali plays an active role in the wider optometrist community, and is a keen member of her local LOC. She thoroughly enjoys and takes pride in helping her peers, whether it is on a local, regional or national level. This passion for supporting her peers, led her to becoming an AOP councillor for East of England last year. The optometric landscape is changing, and Deepali passionate about raising the awareness of optometry and the skills optometrists possess in furthering their clinical stance.

E: deepali.modha@college-optometrists.org


Dr Parth Shah BSc(Hons) PhD MCOptom MBA (Cantab)
Trustee, Council member - Eastern

Parth graduated with a first-class degree in optometry in 2002. He returned to Aston University and completed a PhD investigating the myopia epidemiology in 2007, alongside working in a supervisory clinical role overseeing final year undergraduate students.

After completing his doctorate, Parth worked as a strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. He returned to optometry in 2010 and worked as a locum and secondary grader of diabetic retinopathy at Homerton Hospital, London. 

Parth purchased his own independent practice in 2012 which he has successfully run since then. He spent 3 years as a vision consultant to a professional football club in London and in 2020 graduated with an Executive MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

E: parth.shah@college-optometrists.org