Council

Our Council helps determine policy by tackling the issues you face day-to-day

Council appointments in 2019 - application period closed

The AOP Council acts as a representative body for our membership, ensuring voices from different modes of practice and career stages are heard and can contribute.

We recently asked members to put themselves forward to represent their peers on Council, and help shape our policy and services for members. Applications for the six Council vacancies opened on 4 March, and closed on 25 March 2019.

Our Council consists of 33 members, 25 of whom are elected to represent geographical areas, with 18 Councillors from English regions, three from Scotland and two each from Wales and Northern Ireland.

Eight Councillors have designated positions representing particular membership groups. This year we sought applications from members for six of these positions representing:

  • Early-career optometrists
  • Franchisee/joint venture partner optometrists
  • Undergraduate optometry students
  • Pre-registration optometrists
  • Newly-qualified optometrists
  • Dispensing opticians 

The remaining two designated positions on Council are for university lecturers and hospital optometrists.

The AOP Appointments Committee will decide which members to appoint to the designated Council positions from the applications received.

What do AOP Councillors do?

AOP Councillors represent members within their region or particular membership group. A key role is to communicate with members either directly, or via our community forums, and to bring member feedback to the AOP at Council meetings, which take place three times a year. 

Through their contributions at Council meetings and to AOP reports, Councillors directly inform our policy-making and the development of our services for members, helping to ensure we fully represent all members.

As well as representing members, Councillors also represent the AOP. They promote and actively encourage membership and deal with requests by referring members to the right people within the AOP who can provide answers, advice or support.

Hear directly from our Councillors in the video below:

Why did you get involved with AOP Council?

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What is my Council constituency?

Regionally-elected Councillors are chosen to represent members across 12 UK constituencies: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and nine constituencies across England. The border of each constituency is defined by postcode area. 

Your regional Councillor elected to represent you (and therefore your voting constituency) is determined by the address you have chosen to receive your AOP communications. You can review this address within the My details section of your My AOP profile. Click 'Edit details' to find your addresses under 'Communication preferences'.

Find out more about the Council's structure, powers and the election process in our Council Byelaws.

Becoming a councillor

Elections of new Council members, take place two years out of three, during the spring. Forthcoming elections will be held in 2020, 2021, 2023 and so on. 

Members can apply for designated positions representing particular membership groups when there are vacancies. The appointments are decided by our Appointments Committee.

If you're interested in becoming a Councillor, read the Councillor job description.