GOC appoints new interim director of resources

Chartered accountant Mark Webster to be responsible for regulator’s finance and registration functions

Newly-appointed GOC director of resources, Mark Webster

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Mark Webster (pictured), as its new interim director of resources, replacing outgoing director, Josie Lloyd, who is leaving to take up a new role.

Mr Webster is a chartered accountant and takes up his new role on a nine-month contract until April 2017. He will be responsible for the oversight of the optical regulator’s finance, human resources and IT, as well as its registration and facilities functions.

Prior to joining the GOC, Mr Webster worked across a variety of organisations in the not-for-profit and recruitment sectors as a finance director, including at The Royal London Society for Blind People, The GRS Group and The JM Group.

GOC chief executive and registrar, Samantha Peters, said, “I am delighted to welcome Mark to the GOC. He brings tremendous experience and knowledge of, not only finance, but also the other functions that he will be overseeing.

“I, and the rest of our staff and council members, look forward to working more closely with Mark and are excited to see the new ideas he will bring on board.”

Mr Webster said: “I am very pleased to join the GOC. It is important that we continue to use our resources effectively to enhance our work in protecting the public, and I look forward to working closely with staff and council colleagues to help achieve this.”