New chairman for FMO

Norville Group sales director Mark Truss takes over from Barry Dibble

New chairman for FMO
The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) has a new chairman, Mark Truss (pictured right), who received the chain of office from the outgoing chairman, Barry Dibble (pictured left), at the FMO’s annual luncheon in London last week (4 December).

Mr Dibble has served two terms of office as FMO chairman, as well as being a major force in the planning of the its trade show Optrafair and received a clock in recognition of his service.

Mr Truss, who is group sales director of the Norville Group, brings a breadth of experience to his new role. The new FMO chief executive, Bryony Pawinska, takes up her role in January after she leaves the College of Optometrists.

The FMO’s annual gathering drew together frames, lens, technology and business providers.  More than 100 gathered at the Hilton Hotel, Paddington, putting commercial rivalries aside to celebrate the festive season. Leaders of the optical bodies were present, including the chief executive of the AOP, Henrietta Alderman, and enjoyed meeting their industry colleagues.

Maintaining its tradition of recent years, the FMO is to make a donation to Vision Aid Overseas in lieu of sending Christmas cards.

For more information, visit the FMO website.