The results of the 2017 Association of Optometrists (AOP) Council elections have been confirmed, with 13 Councillors set to begin their term on 7 June.
A total of 11 regional Councillors have been appointed to represent the views of the AOP membership. Member votes decided contested elections in five different constituencies: East of England, North East England, South East England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. Councillors were elected unopposed in the East Midlands, South West England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The AOP also received applications for the two designated Council positions of Undergraduate Student Optometrist and Pre-registration Optometrist.
AOP chief executive, Henrietta Alderman, told OT that AOP Councillors played a vital role in representing the views of members across the UK, helping to inform AOP policy and shape the future of the optical profession.
“Significant work lies ahead in 2017–18, including continued engagement in the GOC Education Strategic Review, extended primary care services and the future impact of technology,” she highlighted.
“I very much look forward to working with Councillors on these and other issues,” Ms Alderman added.
She emphasised her gratitude to outgoing Councillors for their hard work and dedication in the role.
The full AOP Council election results can be found on the website.