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GOC makes appointment to CET panel of approvers

Gordon Carson steps down from chair of CET approvers after 14 years in the role

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed a new chair and deputy chairs to oversee its continuing education and training (CET) panel of approvers.

Gordon Carson is stepping down as chair of CET approvers, a role he has held since 2004. Kathy Morrison will take up the position at the end of the year.

Ms Morrison is an independent prescribing optometrist and the joint programme director of optometry at NHS Education for Scotland. She previously lectured at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Chair of the GOC, Gareth Hadley, said: “Gordon has made a seminal contribution to professional training and development over the past 14 years. We are grateful for all he has done to maintain and drive forward standards of eye care and we wish him well for the future.

“Our new appointees have a wealth of experience and expertise, and I’m confident they will continue Gordon’s fine work as the optical professions change in the future,” he added.

Optometrist Andrew J Elder Smith joins as one of two new deputy chairs. He is currently a clinical tutor at the universities of Bradford and Manchester and is also a contact lens specialist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, Catherine Porter, takes up the second deputy chair position. Ms Porter is also a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.