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General Optical Council to Recruit New Chair

General Optical Council Recruiting New Chair

November 2012

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a campaign to recruit a new Chair.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “The Chair will play a key role in driving our strategic direction through this current period of regulatory reform.”

The GOC has obtained the approval of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) for the appointments process. Appointments to the GOC Council were formerly made by the Appointments Commission.

Current Council member Brian Coulter will take on the role of interim GOC Chair until the new appointee starts, which is expected to be in February 2013.

Brian is currently a non-executive member of the Human Tissue Authority, and a former member of the Independent Tribunal Service. In 2003, Brian was awarded an OBE for his services to Social Housing in Northern Ireland.

Brian said, “I’m very much looking forward to working with the new Chair next year. “In the meantime I'll be ensuring there is no loss of momentum in the ongoing GOC programme of regulatory reform and organisational development, nor of focus upon our core task of building public confidence in the optical professions.”

The new appointee will replace Anna Bradley, who stood down on 31 October to avoid a conflict of interests with her new role as Chair of HealthWatch England.

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