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AOP Board welcomes two Councillors

AOP Councillors, Paul Chapman-Hatchett and Ankur Trivedi, will join the Board following an appointment process, with one additional place to be announced

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The AOP has named two Councillors who will join the AOP Board following an election and appointment process.

The AOP Board oversees the running of the organisation, responding to issues and challenges faced by members.

Paul Chapman-Hatchett, AOP Councillor for domiciliary care optometrists, and Ankur Trivedi, AOP Councillor for independent prescribing optometrists, will both join the AOP Board.  

Chapman-Hatchett thanked Councillors on his election, commenting: “Like everybody here I am fiercely proud of the AOP and have been a member all of my professional career. I’m looking forward to listening, learning and hopefully adding value to the AOP moving forward.”

Discussing the reasons he put himself forward for the position, he told OT: “I would like to support the AOP in engaging with optometrists and optical professionals, creating awareness and helping them with their careers.”

“Optometry has a really exciting future with many opportunities to offer patients additional services,” he said, continuing: “I hope my track record of collaborative and strategic leadership, emphasising exceptional customer service, growth, and financial responsibility, within several diverse business models, will be a valuable asset to the Board and AOP.”

Sharing the experience he brings to the position, he told OT: “I aim to bring the same energy, purpose and direction to the role as I have whilst chairing the Domiciliary Optical Commitee, where we have focused on broadening its impact within the optical sector and the NHS, prioritising awareness of the importance and requirements of domiciliary optometry in the future.”

Optometry has a really exciting future with many opportunities to offer patients additional services

Paul Chapman-Hatchett, AOP Councillor for domiciliary care optometrists and AOP Board member

On his appointment to the AOP Board, Trivedi shared: “I was really pleased to hear that I was successful.”

“I was quite new to AOP Council but keen to take my service to the AOP and representation of colleagues that little bit further. I think Board is an opportunity for me to do that and to gain a greater understanding of the core business of the AOP,” he said.

Trivedi explained that, in conversations with experienced colleagues, he had learnt that Board is “very different” from Council, sharing: “I think it will give me an opportunity to understand and develop what it is the AOP does from a clinical negligence and insurance perspective.”

With more than two decades of experience in optometry, giving back to the profession was also a key reason behind Trivedi’s decision to stand for AOP Board.

“The AOP is an organisation I’ve been part of all that time. I feel really passionate about the profession and the AOP fights for optometrists, so I support and underpin that as much as I can,” he said.

I feel really passionate about the profession and the AOP fights for optometrists, so I support and underpin that as much as I can

Ankur Trivedi, AOP Councillor for independent prescribing optometrists and AOP Board member

The AOP Board is made up of nine people: five Council members, one appointed optometrist member, one past chairman, and two lay members.

Emma Spofforth, chairman of the Board, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Ankur Trivedi and Paul Chapman-Hatchett as new members to the AOP Board in 2024, joining from AOP Council. Both parties bring with them a wealth of experience from the sector that will strengthen the AOP’s Board as a collective and serve to guide our decision-making processes.”

“It has been an incredibly strong field and the AOP Appointments Committee has been deliberating long and hard over all the applicants for these latest appointments – with one yet to fill,” Spofforth added.

The AOP will be appointing an additional Board member, who will be announced in due course.

“In the meantime, I would like to thank all those who applied and spent time submitting their CVs and election addresses, as well as a big thank you to our volunteers on the Appointments Committee,” Spofforth said.

Learn more about what being a member of the AOP Board involves with Rachel Hiscox, board member and Councillor for the South East of England.