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AOP Council

2017 Council elections

Key dates and information about the forthcoming AOP Council elections

The next AOP Council elections are due to take place between 3 April and 24 April 2017.

There will be a contested election in five of the AOP's Council seats: East of England, North East England, South East England, West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber. We will publish the full list of nominees before the election begins.

AOP members in these constituencies will receive an email from electronic voting specialists, Mi-Voice, on 28 March which will direct them to the elections' marketing page with the list of candidates standing. Members will receive a further email from Mi-Voice on 3 April when the ballot period opens, containing instructions on how to vote in the elections.

Members can see which AOP voting constituency they are in, via the Council structure page.

Information about the election process

There are 12 UK constituencies, with a minimum of two Council seats in each (three in Scotland). Elections are taking place in those constituencies that had more than one candidate nominated.

All regional seats are elected by AOP members to represent the interests of members in their region.

One seat from each region was up for election in 2017 (except for Wales where there is no election this year as the position is held by the Vice Chairman of the Board). Nominations were invited from all members between 27 February 2017 and midnight of Monday 20 March 2017.

Designated Council positions

The Undergraduate student optometrist and Pre-registration optometrist positions are also up for renewal.

The applications deadline for these appointed positions ended at midnight of Monday, 20 March 2017.

Should you have any questions or require any additional information then please email

The work of an AOP Councillor

Our Councillors have told us that being part of the AOP Council is rewarding work, with opportunities to develop new skills, network and to help bring about positive changes to the future of the profession.

Hear directly from our Councillors in the video below.

AOP Councillors represent our members. Their main role is to communicate with them through various channels and to collate and present those opinions, interests and concerns at the three annual Council meetings.

Through this Councillors help to ensure that all members' views across the UK and the profession are represented in policy-making.

They also promote and actively encourage membership of the AOP, attend regional CET events, deal with requests from members, referring members to the right person within the AOP to provide answers, advice or support.

Read the full Councillor job description.

More information about the AOP Council

See the structure and list of current AOP Councillors.