Results of the College of Optometrists’ Council elections are announced

  • 10 Dec 2018

The College of Optometrists has announced the names of its newest Council members.

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Shane Bhimani MCOptom and Nitika Sondhi MCOptom have been elected unopposed as College Council members for the London region, Kyla Black MCOptom will represent members in the East Midlands, Matt Roney MCOptom was elected unopposed to represent  the North West region, Kathryn Trimmer MCOptom will represent Scotland, and Jodie Wearne will join as a new Council member for the South West. 

The election process also saw five existing Council members re-elected: 

  • Peter Allen FCOptom for the Eastern region 
  • Andrew McGregor MCOptom to represent the North East 
  • Gillian Ruddock MCOptom re-elected unopposed for the North West
  • Sheetal Patel MCOptom for the South East region 
  • Kiki Soteri MCOptom for the South West region. 

New Council member for the North West, Matt Roney MCOptom, said: “I am honoured to have been elected as a College Council member. I’m looking forward to working with the College and other councillors over the coming years as I strive to make a positive difference within the optometric profession.” 

Prof. Edward Mallen MCOptom, President of the College of Optometrists, said: “I would like to congratulate all the successful candidates and I look forward to welcoming them to the College Council. Our Council sets the strategic and professional direction of the College. As we begin next year to develop the College’s new Strategic Plan, it’s more important than ever to have connected and engaged members that will bring the views of our members from their region to us.”

“I would also like to warmly thank and recognise all the outgoing Council members for their enormous contribution and work namely Rasmeet Chadha MCOptom, Jane Macnaughton FCOptom, Sarah Farrant MCOptom, Priya Jayaprakash MCOptom, Paul Carroll MCOptom, and Craig McCoy MCOptom.  

Membership of the College’s Council gives Members and Fellows the opportunity to represent colleagues, promote their profession and help shape the future of optometry. 

The new Council members will begin their terms after the College of Optometrists’ AGM which is held on 25 February 2019 as part of the annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow

Members can contact their regional Council member via the College website at:


Note to editors

  1. The College of Optometrists is the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit. Supporting its more than 16,000 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.
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