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2018 Council elections

We are looking for passionate members to put themselves forward to represent their peers on our Council

Nominations and applications for vacancies on Council opened on 26 February and close on 19 March. The AOP Council elections are due to take place between 3 April and 23 April 2018. 

There will be at least one election in each geographical constituency as well as appointments to three designated Council positions representing undergraduate student optometrists, pre-registration optometrists and newly- qualified optometrists. Members can nominate themselves for elected vacancies, and/or apply to be considered for appointment to a designated position.  

Find about more about the role of a Councillor below and by reading the job description.  

How to nominate or apply 

Visit our nominations site hosted by Mi-Voice to find out how to make your nomination or application. No previous experience is required. 

Mi-Voice, are an independent electronic elections facilitator we have appointed to handle our Council nominations and voting process. 

Elected Councillor positions and constituencies

The holders of the geographical Council seats are elected by members to represent the interests of their region or country. 

There are 12 UK constituencies, and there will be one vacancy in each of these except Scotland, where there will be two vacancies. If you're planning to stand in the 2018 elections and want to check which constituency you're in, simply review the constituencies table on the Council structure page. 

Designated Council positions

The designated Council positions representing undergraduate student optometrists pre-registration optometrists and newly qualified optometrists will also be open for application from 26 February. Note that these positions are not elected - the AOP Appointments Committee will appoint a Councillor for each position from among the applicants. Check your eligibility to apply for these posts on the Councillor job description page. 

The work of an AOP Councillor

AOP Councillors represent our members and help to ensure that all members’ views across the UK and the profession are represented in policy-making. A significant element of a Councillor’s role is to communicate with members through various channels and to collate and present their opinions, interests and concerns at the three annual Council meetings.

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

Councillors have told us that being part of the AOP Council is a rewarding experience, 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.

Read the full Councillor job description.

More information about the AOP Council

Meet and contact your AOP Councillors.

Should you have any questions or require any additional information please email policy@aop.org.uk