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AOP Council

2020 AOP Council elections

Key dates for the 2020 Council elections

Members will be invited to stand for Council positions between 24 February and 20 March. Elections will take place between 1 April and 23 April 2020. 

There will be at least one vacancy in each geographical constituency as well as appointments to three designated Council positions. Members can nominate themselves for elected vacancies, and/or apply to be considered for appointment to a designated position. Civica Electoral Services (CES), the independent organisation we have appointed to handle the election, will set up a nominations website for both the elected and designated positions. The link to this site will be added to this page when it goes live.

Elected Councillor positions and constituencies

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

There are 12 UK constituencies, and there will be one vacancy in each of these. If you're planning to stand in the 2020 elections and want to check which constituency you are in, 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 24 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. Their main role is to communicate with them through various channels and to collate and present their 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, and refer members to the right person within the AOP to provide answers, advice and support.

Our 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.

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