College CEO to retire

Bryony Pawinska will depart from her post in 2016

Bryony Pawinska
The chief executive of the College of Optometrists, Bryony Pawinska, has confirmed that she will retire in early 2016, after more than 12 years with the organisation.

Announcing her retirement at the College’s AGM during Optometry Tomorrow in Brighton on 9 March, Ms Pawinska, said: “It is far too early to say how sorry I will be to leave the College, but I will be.

“A high percentage of our members are actively engaged with our work, not just as Council and Board members, but on committees, working groups and panels, and as assessors, supervisors and examiners. I am always impressed and humbled by their commitment to this great profession. The College is a very happy place to work, not just because of our members but also because we have such a great team, and I am very grateful that my last employed post has been with such a wonderful organisation. 

Following the news, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, Dr Cindy Tromans, said: “Bryony has achieved a great deal since she joined the College in 2003 with a clear mandate for change. We now have modern and effective governance, stable finances, well managed operations, and a world class pre-registration scheme.”

Commenting on the recruitment of a replacement CEO, Ms Tromans added: “The trustees will be seeking someone to carry on the good work, and our plan is to advertise the role in the next few weeks and appoint Bryony’s successor during the summer, to take up their post on January 1 next year. Bryony will work part time until the end of March next year to ensure a smooth transition.”