Voting for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) 2018 Council elections will open on Tuesday 3 April with members being invited to vote across five contested geographical constituencies.
Encouraging AOP members to take part, AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman, said: “Councillors play an essential role at the AOP, helping us to develop policies and benefits that reflect the needs of members. The landscape of optics is changing, and this year we’ll be tackling key issues, including education and regulation of the profession. If your constituency is being contested, please do get involved and cast your vote.”
Angela Henderson, returning Councillor for North East England, highlighted the role Councillors play in providing a cross-section of views at the AOP, explaining: “Councillors are essential in bringing the thoughts, ideas and opinions of their local members to the attention of the AOP. Find out who your candidates are, take time to read their pledges and make the right choice for you and your area.” Deepali Modha, returning Councillor for East of England, agreed, adding: “Together, we can help shape the future of optometry, and protect our profession.”
Geographical positions being contested in this year’s election are, Scotland, South East England, South West England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. Members in these areas will be sent an email from the AOP’s election partners, Mi-Voice, on Tuesday 3 April, containing a unique voting link.
The successful candidates will join uncontested and returning geographical representatives, along with seven designated representatives, who reflect practitioners from across the profession, to form the AOP’s Council. Results for contested and designated positions will be announced in the week beginning 30 April.
Voting closes on 23 April. For more information on the 2018 AOP Council elections, along with candidate details, visit the Association’s election pages.
AOP members can also contact their current Councillors through the Association’s member community forums.
For more information, please contact Emily Campbell, PR and Marketing Officer, at the Association of Optometrists, firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7549 2040.
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Association of Optometrists
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support over 80% of practising optometrists, 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