The College of Optometrists has announced that Ian Humphreys will be appointed as chief executive in January 2016.
Mr Humphreys, currently deputy chief executive of the College, will take the reins when current chief executive Bryony Pawinska steps down at the end of the year, after leading the College for 12 years.
Chair of the College’s board of trustees and former College president, Dr Cindy Tromans, said: “Ian is passionate about the College and the profession, and truly understands the needs of our members, and that makes him the ideal candidate to take the organisation forward.”
She added: “Bryony has achieved a great deal for the College over the last 12 years. I thank her for her commitment and look forward to seeing Ian take on the mantle.”
Mr Humphreys has been deputy chief executive of the College since March 2014 following six years as director of membership services and communications.
Commenting on the new role, Mr Humphreys said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the College’s chief executive designate. Under Bryony’s leadership the College has undergone transformational change and I am excited at the prospect of leading the College through the next phase in its development. In what is a rapidly changing professional environment, I will prioritise listening to members and delivering increasing member value and support.”
Ms Pawinska said: “Ian has worked closely with me since taking on the new role of deputy chief executive early in 2014. He has proved to be a very competent and able leader and I am delighted that Ian has been appointed to take over the CEO’s role in January.”