London Council members

There are four Councillors representing College members in London. 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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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.

E: shane.bhimani@college-optometrists.org

 

Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom
Council Member - London

Irene graduated from City University in 1994. She worked in high street community practice until 2007, mostly in Vision Express, Ilford and then the Oxford Street store. Irene then went on to hold a role as a specialist optometrist at Whipps Cross University Hospital until 2012. This included leading a fast-track age-related macular degeneration clinic; undertaking complex adult and paediatric eye examinations and conducting low vision and diabetic eye assessments.

Irene completed the MSc in Clinical Optometry in 2012 and went on to do her PhD 2012 to 2016. Since then, Irene has been a full-time lecturer at City, University of London. Her main areas of interest and research include the use of OCT in clinical practice, quality of life in low vision and also paediatric optometry. Irene is committed to the future of optometry in the UK and is passionate about promoting optometrists as healthcare professionals.

E: irene.ctori@college-optometrists.org

 

Dr Joy Myint FCOptom Prof Cert LV FHEA
Trustee, Council Member - London

Joy has had a varied career including the charity sector, primary and secondary eyecare, and is currently principally employed within the university environment. Joy is a Chief Examiner and Assessor for The College of Optometrists and is Chair of both the College’s Scheme for Registration Final Assessment Panel and the Scheme for Registration Performance Panel. Joy is an International Visual Impairment Classifier for the International Paralympic Committee, Deputy Chair of Optometry Schools Council and continues to practice in the field of low vision. She is a Fellow of The College of Optometrists and has a College Professional Certificate in Low Vision. 

E: joy.myint@college-optometrists.org

Meera Shah MCOptom
Council Member - London

Meera qualified in 2007 from Anglia Ruskin University with a first class honours degree. In her final year she was awarded the AOP prize for the best overall performance in the Legal and Business aspects of Optometry Module. 

Since qualification she has worked in a variety of roles at Boots Opticians. Her roles have included working as both a resident & mobile Optometrist and within that time she has supervised several Pre Reg-Optometrists. In the last 6 years she has worked as a Clinical Governance Optometrist in the London area within the Professional services team at Boots Opticians. 

Her current role involves working with a wide variety of Optometrists all in different stages in their career and working with different stakeholders across the organisation. Meera is passionate about supporting Optometrists to deliver high clinical standards and compliance with patient centred care. She was elected College Council Member for the London region in February 2020.

E: meera.shah@college-optometrists.org 

Nitika Sondhi MCOptom
Council Member - London

Nitika started her Optometry career at Anglia Ruskin University and was actively involved with the Optics Society at University, standing as the President in 2nd year. Since qualifying, she has worked with Vision Express Opticians, and as a locum with various other multiples. 

Nitika is an active member of the Vision Aid Overseas charity, which included an assignment to Zambia in 2017. She will be leading a team in Ethiopia as part of her next assignment in 2019. Nitika is currently undertaking an IP qualification. She was elected College Council Member for the London region in 2019.

E: nitika.sondhi@college-optometrists.org

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