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ABDO general secretary announces retirement

Sir Anthony Garrett CBE has been with the organisation for more than two decades


The general secretary of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), Sir Anthony Garrett CBE, has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2022.

Garrett said that, while he is still enjoying his role with the organisation, “it is clear to me that the association is about to enter a new and exciting chapter. It is appropriate therefore that a new chief executive be appointed to oversee our future activities over the long term.”

He added that he will “spend the next year doing my best to ensure that my successor has the best possible platform to work from.”

Garrett has been with ABDO for more than 20 years. He will continue to look after the affairs of ABDO College for the forseeable future.

Arrangements for his successor will be discussed at the ABDO board meeting in January 2022.

ABDO president, Jo Holmes, said: “It is with mixed emotions that we hear about Tony Garrett’s retirement plans. ABDO has been fortunate to have his expertise over the years, especially during these turbulent times.

“Many have succeeded under his guidance and encouragement, and he is a mentor and friend to all. We are pleased to have plenty of time to consider a suitable replacement in the coming months.”