Optometry Scotland makes appointments

New chair and vice chair are named for the Scottish optical body

Samantha Watson

Optometry Scotland yesterday (6 June) announced the appointment of optometrist Samantha Watson as its new chair. 

She takes over the role from Nicola McElvanney, who has led the organisation for the last two years.

Optometrist David Quigley has been appointed as vice chair. 

Commenting on her goals for her term, Ms Watson shared: “The recent publication of the Community Eyecare Services Review is an important landmark for the profession. It recognises the outstanding contribution that optometrists and dispensing opticians are making to deliver world class eye care for every community in Scotland. 

“With the support of the executive team, I am committed to working with all stakeholders on an implementation plan, including the allocation of resources, which is critical to the plan’s success.”   

The four independent members' seats on the organisation’s council have been filled by David Bonellie, Richard Spruce, Ian Jarvis and Scott Mackie.