New AOP Council members announced

Regional Council positions were open to a member vote in 2017

02 May 2017

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Council elections. The 2017-18 Councillors will begin their terms of office on 7 June 2017.

Five regional Council positions were open to a member vote this year: East of England, North East England, South East England, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber. Additionally, there were uncontested elections in the East Midlands, South West England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.   

The AOP also received applications for the appointed designated positions of Undergraduate Student Optometrist and Pre-registration Optometrist.

Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to warmly congratulate our new Councillors and also thank those who have been part of the elections process this year. AOP Councillors play a vital role in representing the views of members across the UK, informing our policy making and helping to shape the future of the optical profession. Significant work lies ahead in 2017-18 including projects related to extended primary care services and the future impact of technology – I very much look forward to working with each of them in these areas.”   

Ms Alderman added: “I also extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to our outgoing Councillors for their hard work and dedication – they have contributed a great deal to the AOP’s work and to the wider profession.”  

Newly elected AOP Council members 2017-18

Councillor Constituency
 Deepali Modha
East of England
 Bhavik Parmar
East Midlands
 Rakhee Shah
London
 Angela Henderson 
North East England
 Dharmesh Patel
North West England
 Andrew Bridges
South East England
 Jane Bell
South West England
 Susan Bowers West Midlands
 Nizz Sabir Yorkshire and the Humber
 Brian McKeown Northern Ireland
 Alison McClune Scotland

 

Appointed designated positions

Appointed Designated position
Alexander Thornton Pre-registration Optometrist
Ali Yasen Undergraduate Student Optometrist

For more information about the AOP Council and the role of Councillors visit the AOP website, www.aop.org.uk/council

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For more information, please contact Serena Box, PR and Media Manager, at the Association of Optometrists, SerenaBox@aop.org.uk or telephone 020 7549 2063.

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Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support our community of more than 17,000 members to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. As a founding member of the Optical Confederation we work with others to improve eye health for the public good. For more information, visit www.aop.org.uk

Full list of AOP Council members 2017-18; includes Councillors who continue their term of office

Councillor Constituency
Deepali Modha
Emma Spofforth
East of England
Tushar Majithia
Bhavik Parmar
East Midlands
Gordon Ilett 
Rakhee Shah
London
Angela Henderson
Jane Ranns
North East England
Ian White
Dharmesh Patel
North West England
Andrew Bridges
Valarie Jerome
South East England
Jane Bell
Ed Bickerstaffe
South West England
Susan Bowers
Francesca Marchetti 
West Midlands
Stewart Mitchell 
Nizz Sabir
Yorkshire and the Humber
Julie-Anne Little
Brian McKeown
Northern Ireland
Alison McClune
Sohaib Shafiq
Kevin Wallace 
Scotland
Mike George
Nadeen Joseph
Wales