FMO chief executive officer retires

Bryony Pawinska modernised the governance and management of the Federation during her time in the role

Bryony Pawinska

The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) has announced the retirement of its chief executive officer (CEO), Bryony Pawinska.

Ms Pawinska joined the FMO in January 2016 to work part-time as CEO, following retirement from her full-time position as chief executive of the College of Optometrists. She will retire at the end of May.

Speaking about her time at the FMO, Ms Pawinska, said: “It has been an interesting period of semi-retirement – I have worked with some wonderful people and learned a great deal about the ‘other side’ of a sector I have come to love over the years. I wish FMO every success as it continues to develop as a modern trade body.”

Chair of the FMO, Andy Yorke, said that the Federation will be “very sorry” to see Ms Pawinska leave. “She has seen through a programme of modernisation of FMO’s governance and management in the past two years, and played an active role in the development of Optrafair as a vibrant show run by the sector for the sector, as well as contributing to the work of the Optical Confederation, of which FMO is a founder member. We wish her every happiness in the future,” he said.