The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has appointed Mark A Bullimore (pictured) as its new executive director.
A British-trained optometrist and scientist, Dr Bullimore has taught optometry students in the UK, USA and Trinidad and Tobago and has lectured to professional groups on four continents.
He is the former president and development director of the American Optometric Foundation and the former editor of Optometry and Vision Science, the journal of the American Academy of Optometry.
In a press statement, the WCO said that Dr Bullimore will work with the officers, executive committee and governing board to “fulfil the organisation’s mission to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach.”
As part of his brief, Dr Bullimore will ensure that the WCO meets its current and future objectives in line with the requirements of its members through the development, implementation and review of strategies. He will also direct the WCO's relationship with its membership, including recruitment and retention, strong fiscal management, communication and the development, promotion and delivery of services.
Dr Bullimore will be based in the WCO’s head office in St Louis, Missouri.