North West Council members

There are three Councillors representing College members in the North West. 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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Matt Roney Bsc MCOptom
Council Member – North West

Matt graduated from the University of Bradford in 2016, and went on to complete his pre registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Soon after qualifying, Matt undertook a post at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital. He is currently a Senior Optometrist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Although Matt’s role is predominately within the hospital, he locums regularly in private practice.

Matt was elected College Council Member for the North West region in March 2019.


Dr Gillian Rudduck BSc MSc PhD MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Dip TP (IP)
Trustee, Chair of the Education and Standards Committee, Council Member - North West

Gillian has over 20 years' experience in a wide range of optometry, including primary and secondary care and academia, and currently practices as a consultant optometrist and clinical lead at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals.

Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Optics, Gillian has achieved a MSc  in Management Practice and a Doctorate in Philosophy. She holds the College's Professional Certificate in Glaucoma and a qualification in Independent Prescribing.

Gillian has worked with NICE as a guidance committee member and is a CQC specialist advisor. Her work at the College has involved the development of higher qualifications and competency frameworks.


Ian White MCOptom
Council Member - North West

Ian graduated from UMIST in 2001 and began his career as an optometrist in a busy high-street multiple. He later moved into independent practice which led to carrying out regular domiciliary visits to housebound patients. This experience enabled him to contribute to the Optical Confederation’s Domiciliary Eyecare Committee on behalf of the AOP.

Ian has furthered his clinical skills via involvement in the Central Mersey Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and completion of the relevant City & Guilds qualification. He is also undertaking the independent prescribing programme via City University and a clinical placement at his local hospital eye department.

He has regularly contributed to local optometry via membership of his Local Optical Committee and has been the LOC Secretary since 2009. This enjoyment of sharing ideas with fellow optometrists led him to become a Councillor with the AOP in 2015 and latterly with the College of Optometrists in 2017.