South East Council members

There are four Councillors representing College members in the South East. 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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Colin Davidson BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipTp(IP)
Vice President, Council Member - South East

Colin currently works in independent practice in Heathfield, East Sussex, and at Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton where he works in both A&E and uveitis clinics. He is a senior assessor for the College, and an OSCE chief examiner. He is a former member of East Sussex LOC and a current member of the education faculty at the Johnson and Johnson Institute.

Colin was awarded Diploma in Independent Prescribing Dip TP(IP) in 2011, and Fellowship of the College in 2013.

E: colin.davidson@college-optometrists.org

Lucy Blown MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc
Council Member - South East

Lucy graduated from City University in 2006 and completed her pre reg placement with Dollond and Aitchison. She worked for D&A/Boots until 2014, when she joined Vision Express. Lucy is currently Optometrist Store Manager at Vision Express, plus Regional Optical Lead, supporting Optometrists on a day-to-day basis and Personal Development Tutor, supporting pre reg trainees throughout their year and facilitating courses. 

Since 2013, Lucy have been a Visiting Clinical Tutor at City University, supporting practical sessions and patient clinics. In 2015, she became a College Assessor. 

Lucy has completed several post graduate modules and is currently studying for an MSc. She is a committee member of Kent and Medway LOC and was elected College Council member in March 2017.

E: lucy.blown@college-optometrists.org 

Sheetal Patel BSc (Hons) MCOptom, Dip(Tp)IP
Trustee, Council Member - South East

Sheetal is an optometrist and independent prescriber who has worked within independent and multiple practices, hospital optometry and refractive surgery. She has also taught as a visiting clinician at City University.

Sheetal is currently working between Canada and the UK and completing an MSc in Clinical Optometry with City University. She is also a faculty member of Johnson & Johnson Visioncare Institute, a BCLA Council member and a College of Optometrists assessor.

E: sheetal.patel@college-optometrists.org

Eddie Pigott MCOptom
Council Member - South East

Eddie qualified from Cardiff University in 2011 and remained in Wales to complete his pre-registration year. He spent several years working within independent, multiple and domiciliary practice before volunteering as an Optometrist in Ghana for several months.

In his current role as Professional Services Manager at Alcon UK he has presented at conferences across the UK and is tasked with creating contemporary educational offerings and delivering clinical training and CET to optometrists, contact lens opticians and dispensing opticians as well as support teams. Eddie was elected College Council Member for the South East region in March 2019.

E: eddie.pigott@college-optometrists.org

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