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BCLA chief executive steps down

Cheryl Donnelly has been praised as “a titan” of the organisation

08 Oct 2019 by Andrew McClean

The chief executive of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), Cheryl Donnelly (pictured), has stepped down after six years in the role.

During her time as chief executive, Ms Donnelly oversaw the launch of a new conference in Asia, was responsible for the organisation’s 40th birthday celebrations and launched a suite of resources for members of the BCLA.

Speaking about her time in the role, Ms Donnelly said that she has been “hugely privileged to work alongside so many incredible people over the years” and added that she feels an “enormous sense of pride” in what has been achieved.

“The BCLA has always been keen to embrace change and be receptive to new ways of working. Now is the time for the BCLA to put that into practice and to write an exciting new chapter for itself as I prepare for my next challenge and adventure,” she shared.

President of the BCLA, Jonathon Bench, paid tribute to Ms Donnelly calling her “a titan” of the organisation who has left a long-lasting legacy.

“Cheryl has worked tirelessly to transform, modernise and enhance the member experience and all of us who have benefited from her infectious enthusiasm and determination owe her a huge debt of gratitude,” he added.

The BCLA noted that it will be commencing its search for a new chief executive “in the coming days.”


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