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

 

Russell Dawkins MCOptom
Council Member - London

Russell graduated from Cardiff University in 1988 and worked for multiple, independent practices, and as a locum until 1999, when he became a Specsavers Director. He is currently Ophthalmic Director of three stores, although since paralysis in June 2013, he has not been able to fully practise. He has supervised over 20 pre-registration students throughout his career and was elected College Council Member for the London region in March 2017.

E: russell.dawkins@college-optometrists.org

 

 

 

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

For most of her professional career Joy has been involved in academia, teaching in a number of different institutions. She also works with a number of organisations including Alliance Boots, Clearview Training, the International Paralympic Committee, WOPEC and The Vision Care Institute, Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd UK.

Joy is a Senior Examiner and Assessor for the College and sits on the College's Scheme for Registration and Final Assessment Panel. She is an editorial board member for Optometry in Practice, and an external reviewer for other journals and funding organisations. Joy is involved with a number of research groups and her current research interests include autism, binocular vision, glaucoma, myopia, paralympic sport, public health and visual impairment.

E: joy.myint@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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