Optical Confederation's IT policy officer leaves for new job

Tributes paid to Dwight McKenzie for his hard work and dedication to optics

Dwight McKenzie

The Optical Confederation’s IT policy officer, Dwight McKenzie (pictured), has resigned to take up a new job in local government.

The position was part funded by the Central Optical Fund and the Optical Confederation.

Chief executive of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO) David Hewlett, for the Optical Confederation, said: "It has been great working with Dwight over the last year, pushing on all fronts to get better digital connections between our sector and the wider NHS.

“He has brought great enthusiasm to the role and I would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication, especially for his work with the IT committee.”

Mr Hewlett added: “He will be missed by staff at FODO, where his office is based, and by colleagues from across the Optical Confederation. We all wish him every success in his new position. We thank the Central Optical Fund for making his appointment possible."

Paul Morris, co-chair of the Optical Confederation’s IT committee, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dwight on this important area of OC policy, at a critical time for the sector as we embrace new technologies and ways of working.”

He explained: “There are a huge range of different stakeholders in our committee – representing businesses, clinicians and technology companies from across the UK – and it takes a special kind of person to manage discussions and policy on what can be very complicated technical issues in a way that works for everyone. We will certainly miss him.”

Mr McKenzie is pictured with his leaving present from the OC IT committee – a set of cufflinks that read ‘control, alt, delete.'