AOP Council elections 2020

Nominations open

We are looking for passionate members to put themselves forward to become AOP Council representatives. No previous experience required

Council group photograph

Nominations for vacancies on AOP Council open on 24 February and close on 20 March. 

Alongside the 12 elected UK posts being contested, three designated positions representing undergraduate students, pre-registration optometrists and newly-qualified optometrists are open for application.

If you wish to and are eligible to nominate yourself for both an elected vacancy and a designated vacancy, the elected post will take precedence should you win that seat. You can check the eligibility criteria for all these vacancies here

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

Voting for elected positions will be open from 1 April until 23 April, and all eligible AOP members will be invited to vote. The appointed candidates for designated positions will be chosen by the AOP Appointments Committee. The results will be announced in May.

How to nominate or apply

Visit our nominations website and complete the elected position form to nominate yourself for one the 12 elected UK posts and/or the designated position form to nominate yourself for one of the three designated positions. 

Civica Electoral Services (CES) are the independent elections facilitator we have appointed to handle our Council nominations and voting process. 

Elected Councillor positions and constituencies

The holders of the geographical constituency 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. If you are planning to stand in the 2020 elections and want to check which constituency you are in, review the constituencies table on AOP Councillors.

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. 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.

Before completing the online form:

The work of an AOP Councillor

AOP Councillors represent members and help to ensure that members’ views across the UK and the profession are represented in policymaking. 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.

Our Councillors also promote and actively encourage membership of the AOP, attend regional CET events, and refer members to the right person within the AOP to provide answers, advice and support.

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 change to the future of the profession.

More information about the AOP Council

Meet and contact your AOP Councillors.

Should you have any questions or require any additional information, please email [email protected]