Nominations now open

Elections for the AOP Council are taking place in 2017

Council meeting in the AOP boardroom

We’re calling for members who want to make a difference in optics to put themselves forward for the AOP Council elections. The nominations period will run from 27 February until 20 March, closing at midnight.

There are Council positions open in 11 of the 12 UK regions for election in 2017. Additionally, the AOP is calling for applications for two designated posts – Undergraduate Student Optometrist and Pre-registration Optometrist.

"Being a Councillor offers such great opportunities."

Speaking about her role, AOP Councillor for the West Midlands, Francesca Marchetti said: “Being a Councillor offers such great opportunities – I’ve had the chance to work on so many different areas such as vision and driving, primary care, lobbying Parliament, to name but a few. I’ve worked with such a variety of people from so many different optical backgrounds. The fabulous thing is that we are all working together to ensure the secure and forever evolving role of optometry for the future.”

Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “With significant items on the agenda, including the GOC Education Strategic Review, enhanced services and the future impact of technology, it’s a very interesting time to get involved in the work of the AOP Council. We need councillors at all career stages and modes of practice, so if you are keen to work on behalf of your peers and want to play a part in shaping the future, now is the time to apply to become a regional or designated representative.”     

For more details about this year’s elections read our press release.

Find out more about the role of Councillors, the election timetable and a video of why being an AOP Councillor is rewarding work by visiting our elections page.