The Board of Trustees

Our Board works with the Chief Executive to set the College’s strategy, establishes and manages our policies and ensures that we meet our financial and legal responsibilities.

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The Board of Trustees has the legal and fiduciary responsibility for the College as a chartered body with charitable status.  There are 11 Board members:

  • four elected officers, elected by Council as officers and automatically becoming Trustees
  • six regionally elected Council members, elected as Trustees by Council
  • one lay Council member, elected as Trustee by Council.

Additionally, the Board of Trustees can co-opt up to three additional Trustees, with Council’s approval, two of whom must be full time members. The other co-optee could be a full member, non-voting member or member of the Lay Advisory Panel.

The Board meets eight times a year.

Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt PhD MCOptom DipGlauc DipTP(IP)
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Immediate Past President, Council Member - Wales

Mary-Ann was elected President of the College of Optometrists in March 2016. She is part of a multidisciplinary team at Bristol Eye Hospital in the Shared Care Department.  Previously, she has worked as a community optometrist in independent and multiple environments around South Wales and the South West, and as an associate tutor and visiting lecturer at Cardiff University. Mary-Ann represented the College on Optometry Wales Council for five years, and was a member of Optometry Wales Board for three.  


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.


Professor Leon Davies FCOptom PhD FAAO SFHEA
Trustee, Council Member - West Midlands

Leon Davies is currently Head of Optometry and Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics at Aston University. He is a past Clinical Editor of Optometry Today, and is currently Editor-in-chief of Optometry in Practice.

Leon was a recipient of the inaugural College of Optometrists Research Fellowship Award and the inaugural Neil Charman Medal for research in optometry, optics and vision science. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists and the American Academy of Optometry and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dr Rob Hogan BSc PhD MCOptom
Co-opted Trustee, Chair of DOCET

Rob is a Past-President of the College and a founder board member of the European Academy of Optometry & Optics (EAOO). He is the Managing Director of iCare Consulting Ltd. (providing clinical, technical and professional advice and services to the optical sector) and is a director of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO).

Andrew Kitchen BSc (Hons) ACMA MBA
Co-opted Lay Trustee

Andrew has worked in international banking for more than 15 years and is currently Finance Director of one of the leading Wealth Management firms in the UK. His first degree was in Finance from Loughborough University and he is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant. He also has an MBA from the London Business School. Andrew has a very keen interest in optometry as a result of historic and ongoing eye problems which have brought him into close contact with the profession.

Professor Edward Mallen BSc PhD MCOptom
President, Council Member - Yorkshire and Humber

Ed graduated in optometry from Aston University in 1998, and completed a PhD at the same institution in 2003. He is now Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Professor of Physiological Optics at the University of Bradford. He also holds the position of Honorary Professor with the School of Health Professions, Plymouth University, and Visiting Professor at Aston University. Ed was appointed College President in March 2018.

Ed is the Ex Officio of the Education and Standards and Research Committees and the Lay Advisory Panel.


Dr Aleksandra Mankowska BSc PhD MCOptom
Treasurer, Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee, Council Member - Yorkshire and Humber

Alex entered the optometric profession in 2004 after 11 years in the automotive industry. She graduated from Bradford University in 2007, and was awarded a PhD by the same institution in 2013 for a study of blur adaptation in human vision. She is currently a member of the undergraduate teaching staff at Bradford with responsibility for the Binocular Vision and Paediatric clinics.

Alex also works as a specialist optometrist at York Teaching Hospital in the AMD treatment clinic, and is part of the ophthalmology research team. She continues to practise as a locum optometrist in the multiple and independent sectors. 



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.


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.


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.


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

Parth graduated with a First-class honours degree in Optometry in 2002. After a year in community practice, he returned to Aston University to complete his PhD investigating the epidemiology of myopia in UK school children. He also  worked in a supervisory role and as a clinical tutor, overseeing final year undergraduate teaching clinics and assessments.

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 now has his own independent practice in East Anglia. He is also a vision consultant to a professional football club in London. 


Kiki Soteri MSc BSc (Hons) MCOptom Dip TP (IP)
Trustee, Vice Chair of the Education and Standards Committee, Council Member - South West

Kiki has been a member of the College since graduating in 1995. Her interests include therapeutic management of anterior eye conditions, communication, paediatric eye care, visual perception, clinical case management and the business aspects of optometry.

Kiki was a member of the team of academics that developed the BSc (Hons) Optometry at Plymouth University, and taught and assessed students on the programme. She has practiced in a range of settings across the UK. She founded and developed an independent practice in London, before moving to Devon where she is now Head of Enhanced Services at Specsavers.