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)
Co-opted Trustee, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Mary-Ann is Clinical Lead for Optometry at the University of the West of England, and part of the multidisciplinary team at Bristol Eye Hospital. A NICE Centre for Guidelines Expert Advisor on Serious Eye Disorders, she represented the College on Optometry Wales for six years, becoming their Clinical Advisor during the formalisation of the Eye Care Plan for Wales. A College representative on the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Mary-Ann is also a past President of the College.


Prab Boparai MCOptom
Trustee, Council Member - West Midlands

Prab began her optical career as a DO and CLO and later qualified as an optometrist as a mature student at UMIST and City University. 
She has worked in both multiple and independent practices, in management and practice development roles. At present, she is a specialist hospital optometrist at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary and also runs her own private practice, where she offers enhanced eye care services including advanced dry eye treatments. She is Chair of the Wolverhampton LOC and Chair of the South Staffs Optical Society. She has been a pre-reg supervisor for the College and also facilitates and examines for WOPEC.
Working with her WLOC team, Prab has been instrumental in the set-up of extended services, such as MECS, IOPRR, and cataracts, in Wolverhampton for the past four years. She is passionate about enhancing collaboration between ophthalmology and optometry and has been involved in some pioneering hospital training programs for community optometrists.
She is currently working with hospital to improve referral feedback to ensure good quality of hospital referrals and deliver better patient outcomes. She was awarded AOP Optometrist of the Year in 2017.


Colin Davidson BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipTp(IP)
President, Council Member - South East

Colin currently works part-time for the University of Hertfordshire where he is programme lead for independent prescribing. He also works in independent practice in 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 a Diploma in Independent Prescribing Dip TP(IP) in 2011, and Fellowship of the College in 2013.


Professor Leon Davies FCOptom PhD FAAO SFHEA
Vice President, 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 and Treasurer of the College, a founder board member of the European Academy of Optometry & Optics (EAOO), and the Chairman of DOCET. He is the Managing Director of iCare Consulting Ltd. (providing clinical, technical and professional advice and services to the optical sector) and a founding shareholder of STORM.

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
Immediate Past 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

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. 


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.


Mark Redhead MA, MBA, FRSA
Lay Trustee, Chair of the Lay Advisory Panel

Mark’s career to date has been in health policy, management and sector development. Following a variety of roles in membership organisations and the NHS, Mark currently is head of system partnerships at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Mark is also chair of a national patient charity, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, and is keen on working with behaviours - pursuing an interest in coaching, facilitation and group relations. 

As a user of optometry services and a keen supporter of the role colleges play in the development of professions and services, Mark is delighted to join the lay advisory panel.

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 MBA (Cantab)
Trustee, Council member - Eastern

Parth graduated with a first-class degree in optometry in 2002. He returned to Aston University and completed a PhD investigating the myopia epidemiology in 2007, alongside working in a supervisory clinical role overseeing final year undergraduate students.

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 purchased his own independent practice in 2012 which he has successfully run since then. He spent 3 years as a vision consultant to a professional football club in London and in 2020 graduated with an Executive MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.


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

Kiki is head of optometry development for Specsavers, external examiner to Cardiff University for postgraduate courses and an honorary associate professor at Plymouth University. Qualifying in 1996 and working in hospital and community settings, she went on to be the founding director of an independent practice. During that time, she completed a Masters in clinical optometry with City University which diversified the scope of her clinical provision.

As a lecturer to undergraduates, she developed the UK’s first problem-based learning module for clinical case management in optometry and continues to build on that approach with the ongoing creation and development of CET and CPD assets. Since qualifying as an independent prescriber in 2011, she has encouraged students and colleagues to evaluate and achieve their professional objectives through directed learning, particularly higher qualifications. Kiki is a trustee to the board of The College of Optometrists where she has contributed to various committees and panels.