College of Optometrists calls for applications for elected positions on its Council

  • 14 Oct 2016

Nominations are open for members to join its Council and represent members in several regions.

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The College of Optometrists is calling for nominations for members to join its Council and represent members in its East Midlands, London, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber regions.

The College Council sets the strategic and professional direction of the College, ensuring that it is informed by the views of a representative cross-section of membership. It also elects the Board of Trustees, and has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the College’s activities. As well as bringing members’ views directly to the College, Council members also have an ambassadorial role and help represent the College, both nationally and within their region.

Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt, President of the College of Optometrists, said: “I would like to encourage all those interested in joining Council to submit their nomination. This is an important time for the profession and Council members can help shape it, and the College’s future direction, by representing member’s views and helping to shape the College’s next three- year strategy.”

Priya Jayaprakash, a new College Council member representing the London region said: “I have been representing the London region on the College Council since March of this year and have really enjoyed being an ambassador for the College. As well as knowing that I am inputting into the profession on a national level, and speaking for the profession, I really value participating in local meetings and engaging with members in my region to make sure their views are shared.”

The new Council members will begin their term in March 2017, following the College’s AGM hosted at its annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow. Members sit on Council for a term of three years but, subject to re-election, may serve up to four terms of three years consecutively.

Nomination forms should be completed online here and more information about the College’s governance structure is available on the College’s website. All applications must be supported by two Members or Fellows of the College who live or work in the region for which they are applying.

The closing date for receipt of completed nominations is Friday 4 November 2016 at 5pm and online voting for members will open in November.

Notes to editors

  1. Nomination forms can be completed online here:
  2. Information about the College’s governance structure is available here:
  3. The College of Optometrists is the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit. Supporting its 15,000 members in all aspects of professional development, the College provides pre-registration training and assessment, continuous professional development opportunities, and advice and guidance on professional conduct and standards, enabling our members to serve their patients well and contribute to the wellbeing of local communities.
  4. The College Council consists of a maximum of 40 members, 35 of whom are elected by members, four are nominated by the College’s Lay Advisory Panel, and one is nominated by the Optometry Schools Council (OSC).  
  5. Council members represent a total of 12 region; nine in England plus Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members living or working in each region elect representatives to Council. The number of representatives is broadly proportional to the percentage of members in the region, with a minimum of two seats per region.
  6. If you are interested in finding out more about what being a College Council member involves please contact Catherine Bithell, Director of Member Services and Communication on 020 7 766 4350 or      
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