LOCSU appoints new CEO

Janice Foster will start her new role in October, replacing former CEO Richard Whittington

Janice Foster

The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) has announced Janice Foster as its new CEO.

Foster was previously chief executive of Cleveland Local Medical Committee, which represents more than 200 GPs, 68 GP practices, and around 600,000 patients.

Her career has included driving service transformation and guiding organisational restructure, establishing key partnerships, and stakeholder engagement with public bodies, private providers and the NHS at local, regional and national levels.

She will begin her new role at LOCSU in October and will be available to meet Local Optical Committee members at this year’s National Optical Conference in Leeds.

She replaces Richard Whittington, who left the organisation earlier this year.

Joy Tweed, LOCSU chair, welcomed Foster to LOCSU, noting that she “brings with her a depth of experience and understanding of primary care and membership organisations, which will help steer LOCSU in the next stage of its journey, supporting local optical committees and meeting the challenges/opportunities of the new NHS landscape.”

AOP chief executive, Adam Sampson, said: "There are many parallels in the work that we do so we’re very much looking forward to working with Janice on the exciting opportunities that lay ahead.

"Her wealth of experience in driving service transformation is a huge asset to the sector as we enter a new phase in how primary eye care services are delivered within the wider healthcare landscape."

On her appointment, Foster said: “We are at an exciting time of change within the NHS, with fantastic opportunities ahead for local optical committees as we look to the integration of high-quality primary eye care services within the wider health and social care sector.”

She added: “I am delighted to join the team at LOCSU and look forward to supporting the further development of local optical committees across the country, using the tremendous platform that is in place to build, together, the best possible experiences for staff and patients.”