LOCSU names new chair of board

Dr Joy Tweed took on the role following Mike Fegan’s retirement this spring


The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) has named a new chair of the board, with the appointment of Dr Joy Tweed.

Tweed took on the role from 1 June, replacing Mike Fegan, who retired as chairman in April.

Sharing her “delight” at taking up the role, Tweed said: “My career began as an ophthalmic nurse at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and although I left nursing to pursue a career in the voluntary sector and then academia, I have maintained a strong interest in eye care.’

Dr Joy Tweed
Dr Joy Tweed
This interest in eye health was reinforced in recent years, after a personal experience of a serious eye condition which was identified by an optometrist.

Since 2002, Tweed has served on several boards in the healthcare sector with current non-executive roles on the Academy of Healthcare Science/Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), and as non-executive director and trustee of St Raphael’s Hospice in Cheam, Surrey.

Tweed has worked as a senior lecturer at Westminster Business School since 2004 and is part of the MBA course team, previously leading a course in healthcare leadership, and is involved in academic leadership development.

From 2009 to 2011, Tweed was chair of an NHS Community Services Board, which operated as a standalone organisation until being put out to tender.

Since then, Tweed has chaired committees including the Education Committee at the Health and Care Professions Council (2013 to 2016) and the Lay Advisory Group at the Royal College of Ophthalmology (2017 to 2019).

She has also chaired the Education and Professional Standards Committee at RCCP and been co-chair of the Clinical Governance and Quality Committee at St Raphael’s Hospice.

Zoe Richmond, LOCSU clinical director, said: “I warmly welcome Joy as the new chair of the LOCSU board of directors and to the wider team and look forward to working closely with her. Joy brings extensive leadership experience and has an interest in eye health and care.”

Commenting on the appointment, Adam Sampson, AOP chief executive, said: “Dr Joy Tweed is a welcome addition to the LOCSU board and we’re very much looking forward to working with her.”

“No doubt her experiences as an ophthalmic nurse at Moorfields Eye Hospital, coupled with her extensive track record in healthcare, the voluntary sector and academia, will be a huge asset to eye care,” he added.