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
| Deepali Modha
||East of England|
| Bhavik Parmar
| Rakhee Shah
| 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|
Appointed designated positions
|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
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
|East of England|
|North East England|
|North West England|
|South East England|
|South West England|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|