Voting now open

Our Council elections are now open - polling will run for three weeks and close at 5pm on 24 April.

Council meeting in the AOP boardroom

Our Council elections are now open - polling will run for three weeks and close at 5pm on 24 April.

Five regional Council positions can be voted for by members in this year’s election: East of England, North East England, South East England, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber. Only members in these constituencies will be eligible to vote.

Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “Councillors play a vital role in representing members from each UK constituency - they inform the AOP’s policy making, represent the views of members and ultimately help to shape the future of the optical profession. With the significant work that lies ahead in 2017, including the GOC Education Strategic Review, extended primary care services and the future impact of technology, we strongly encourage all members to vote in this year’s elections. Nominations include practitioners from all backgrounds, career stages and modes of practice, and it is up to our members to decide which candidate is best placed to champion their opinions, interests and concerns.”

AOP Councillor for the West Midlands, Francesca Marchetti said: “With the 2017 nominations announced, now is the time for members to get involved in this important election. I’ve had excellent opportunities as a Councillor to work on high-profile issues including the health and wellbeing of optical practitioners and education. Members can have their say on the big issues affecting the sector through AOP Council so I recommend you find out who is standing, what their priorities are and vote for the person who can best represent your views.”

The full list of elected Councillors will be announced on 2 May.

For more information about our Council and the role of Councillors visit our elections page.

You can also read our press release for more details about the 2017 elections.