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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 number of regional seats, as well as two designated positions available for appointment. Members will be able to nominate themselves for elected vacancies, or apply for designated (appointed) positions, between 27 February and 20 March.

Regional elected Councillor positions and constituencies

The regional seats are elected by members to represent the interests of the region. 

There are 12 UK constituencies, and there will be one vacancy in each of these except for Wales (where there is no election this year as the position is held by the Vice Chairman of the Board). If you're planning to stand in the 2017 elections and want to check which constituency you're in, simply review the constituencies table on the Council structure page.

Designated Council positions

The Undergraduate Student optometrist and Pre-registration optometrist positions will be open for application from 27 February. Members who wish to apply for these positions will be directed to an application form. Please note that these positions are designated by the AOP Appointments Committee and are not elected. Check your eligibility to apply on the Councillor job description page.

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.