The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) introduced its new president at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday (10 June).
Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Professor Sunil Shah (pictured left), has taken over from Keith Tempany (pictured right), who has been in the position for 12 months.
Speaking about his appointment, Professor Shah said that it is a “huge honour” to continue the work of his predecessors, Mr Tempany and Brian Tompkins.
“As an organisation, the BCLA is leading the way in providing a 21st century membership association pushing the work of the pioneers who are changing the face of the profession and revolutionising the field of contact lenses and anterior eye,” he explained.
The new president added that he will ensure BCLA members benefit from the latest research and techniques that could make a difference to the running of their practice.
Outgoing president, Mr Tempany said that serving as BCLA president was “unquestionably the pinnacle of my career.”
“It’s the dawn of a bright new era for the BCLA and its members and the future is in safe hands,” he added.
The AGM took place at the IET Savoy in London, alongside the second date of the association’s conference and exhibition, BCLA UK 2018.
At the events, five new BCLA fellowships were awarded, with Dr Byki Huntjens, Neil Chatterjee, Pauline Bradford and Sarah Smith presented with their certificates in Birmingham and Paul McDonald receiving his award in London.