New College President and Council members welcomed at AGM

  • 26 Mar 2018

The College of Optometrists welcomed a new President and five new Council members at its AGM, held during the College’s clinical conference, Optometry Tomorrow 2018, in Birmingham on 19 March.

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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 

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.


Prab Boparai MCOptom
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.


Lorcan Butler MCOptom
Council Member - Northern Ireland

Lorcan qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University after completing the Dispensing Optician & Optometry Courses. He has worked in numerous multiple and independent practices in Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand. He has been working with Vision Express in Northern Ireland for the past 12 years.

He enjoys passing his experience on to newly qualified registrants and has supervised ten pre-reg trainees and one dispensing optometry student. Lorcan is involved with internal training programmes that Vision Express provide for pre-reg student nationwide in the form of tutorials and workshops.

Lorcan has a huge interest in children's visual development and has obtained the College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care. He has completed myopia control training by worldwide renowned academic institution Brien Holden Vision Academy in Australia.

Lorcan is currently working on getting his accreditation as a Dry Eye Practitioner with BCLA and implementing TFOS/DEWS II recommendations into daily practice. When not looking at eyes, he loves nothing better than supporting Ireland Rugby Team and their achievements.


Deepali Modha MCOptom
Council Member - Eastern

Deepali graduated from Cardiff University in 2009, and became a qualified optometrist in August 2010. She has mainly worked in multiples, and currently works for Vision Express, based in the St Albans store. Deepali is a Regional Optical Lead for Vision express, which involves working with her regional manager to help professional staff and stores in the area, and to provide them with support, guidance and training if needed. Deepali supervises a pre-reg trainee and is a Professional Development Tutor for pre-regs in the company. This role involves running workshops, tutorials and helping students by giving them pastoral care. Deepali is a strong believer learning from peers, and as a result regularly facilitates peer reviews. She is an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and primarily assesses OSCEs on the distance based Ophthalmic Dispensing foundation degree. 

Deepali plays an active role in the wider optometrist community, and is a keen member of her local LOC. She thoroughly enjoys and takes pride in helping her peers, whether it is on a local, regional or national level. This passion for supporting her peers, led her to becoming an AOP councillor for East of England last year. The optometric landscape is changing, and Deepali passionate about raising the awareness of optometry and the skills optometrists possess in furthering their clinical stance.



Dr Lisa O'Donoghue MCOptom
Council Member - Northern Ireland

Lisa has been a member of the College since graduating from UMIST in 1987. Since then she has worked in a variety of settings including hospital optometry, multiple and independent practice and as a lecturer at Ulster University where she studied for a College funded PhD into the epidemiology of refractive error.  

She currently works part-time in an independent practice in Derry, Northern Ireland. 



Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom
Council Member - London

Irene graduated from City University in 1994. She worked in high street community practice until 2007, mostly in Vision Express, Ilford and then the Oxford Street store. Irene then went on to hold a role as a specialist optometrist at Whipps Cross University Hospital until 2012. This included leading a fast-track age-related macular degeneration clinic; undertaking complex adult and paediatric eye examinations and conducting low vision and diabetic eye assessments.

Irene completed the MSc in Clinical Optometry in 2012 and went on to do her PhD 2012 to 2016. Since then, Irene has been a full-time lecturer at City, University of London. Her main areas of interest and research include the use of OCT in clinical practice, quality of life in low vision and also paediatric optometry. Irene is committed to the future of optometry in the UK and is passionate about promoting optometrists as healthcare professionals.





  1. 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.


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