Primary Eyecare Services welcomes a new chair to its board

Dame Janet Paraskeva takes over from Mike Fegan

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Primary Eyecare Services (PES) has appointed a new chair of its board, with Rt Hon Dame Janet Paraskeva, DBE, succeeding Mike Fegan, who recently retired.

A former chief executive of The Law Society, Paraskeva has experience of regulation and leading national boards and organisations.

She is currently chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers in England and Wales, the Appointments Commission for the states of Jersey, and the Standards and Regulation Board for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Commenting on her appointment, Paraskeva said: “I am looking forward to supporting the organisation in its objectives to facilitate improved patient care and experience through the greater use of its optometry practices for the delivery of NHS extended eye care services.”

She highlighted the “rapid development and evolution” of PES, adding her belief that the next phase “is a critical one, for PES and optometry more widely.’

Paraskeva was first civil service commissioner in 2006, and was formerly a non-executive director of Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency. She was made a Privy Councillor to assist her role as a member of the Detainee Inquiry, established by David Cameron when Prime Minister in 2010.

She also holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Leicester.

Chief executive of PES, Dharmesh Patel, said of the new chair: “It is with delight we welcome Dame Janet Paraskeva to the organisation, to lead the board and organisation through this exciting next phase of development and growth.

“Dame Janet has extensive experience in leading organisations across a variety of sectors and we look forward to benefiting from her strong leadership.”

Adam Sampson, AOP chief executive, extended a welcome to Paraskeva, commenting: “Dame Janet joins the organisation at a pivotal time for the sector and I look forward to working with her on some of the key challenges facing optometry and to ensure that the expertise of our clinician members are fully used within extended primary eye care services for the benefit of patients.”

Sampson recognised Mike Fegan’s work in PES, adding: “It has been a pleasure to work with Mike Fegan – I’d like to thank him for his excellent contribution at PES and to the sector.”