The incoming College President is Board member, Professor Edward Mallen MCOptom, Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Professor of Physiological Optics at the University of Bradford. Professor Mallen said; “I am delighted to be elected as the new President of the College. I am proud of our profession, and look forward to continuing the great work of our Immediate Past President, Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt. Optometrists are well-placed to improve the eye health of the nation. We are at a time of great opportunity right now, and I’m excited by the developments that could lie ahead. I would like to welcome our new Council members and would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our very committed Council and Board members standing down after many years of service to the College, particularly Dr Cindy Tromans and Dr David Parkins, who have both served 14 years each.”
The five new Council members are Prab Boparai MCOptom (West Midlands), Lorcan Butler MCOptom and Lisa O Donoghue MCOptom (Northern Ireland), Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom (London) and Deepali Modha MCOptom, who will represent College members across the Eastern region.
Speaking about her election to Council, Deepali Modha MCOptom said; “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to represent fellow optometrists working in independent, multiple and hospital practices across the Eastern region, and am looking forward to sharing their feedback, views and ideas with the College. I am also looking forward to playing an active role in shaping the future of the College and its activities.”
Following the election in January, six members retain their seats on College Council; Johnathan Waugh MCOptom (Scotland), Colin Davidson FCOptom (South East), Stephanie Campbell MCOptom (South West), Professor Leon Davies FCOptom (West Midlands), Dr Joy Myint FCOptom (London) and Dr Parth Shah MCOptom (re-elected unopposed, Eastern).
Five members of Council stepped down at the AGM and were acknowledged for their service and commitment to the College; Dr Parminder Chohan MCOptom (Eastern), Dr Sara McCullough MCOptom (Northern Ireland), Prof Kathryn Saunders MCOptom (Northern Ireland), Francesca Marchetti MCOptom (West Midlands), Dr David Parkins FCOptom (London). Dr Cindy Tromans MCOptom stepped down following service on both the College Council and Board.
Members can contact their regional Council member via the College website.
Several other appointments were also announced at the AGM; Colin Davidson FCOptom was elected as Vice President, Dr Aleksandra Mankowska MCOptom was elected as Treasurer, Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt was appointed as Chair of the Board, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom and Dr. Parth Shah MCOptom were elected as Trustees and Kiki Soteri was re-elected as Chair of the Education & Standards Committee.
Note to Editors
New President and Council member biographies
- The College of Optometrists is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.