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GOC looks to recruit new chief executive

The optical regulator is looking for a replacement for outgoing chief executive, Lesley Longstone, who steps down at the end of the year


The General Optical Council (GOC) is searching for a new chief executive to succeed Lesley Longstone, who steps down from the role at the end of the year.

Chair of Council at the GOC, Dr Anne Wright, thanked Longstone for the “outstanding leadership” she has demonstrated since joining the GOC in 2018.

In terms of the attributes that the GOC is seeking in candidates for the role, Wright emphasised the ability to work collaboratively and constructively with key partners.

“An impressive track record of change management, relationship building and leading quality improvement in a complex organisation will be essential,” she said.

“If you welcome the challenge of leading optical regulation at this time, we would be delighted to hear from you,” Wright added.

Major priorities for the new chief executive and registrar will include delivering the GOC’s five-year strategic plan, Fit for the future and the implementation of reforms to pre and post registration education systems.

The role will also involve progressing the review of the GOC’s organisational structure to meet future needs and ensuring that the optical regulator meets the standards set by the Professional Standards Authority.

The recruitment process is being led by Moloney Search, with a 12 September deadline for applications.