The College of Optometrists

Council Election 2020-2023

Nomination form

Becoming a College Council member is a great opportunity to represent your colleagues, promote your profession and help shape the future of optometry.

Our Council sets the strategic and professional direction of the College, ensuring that it is informed by the views of a cross-section of members.

The work of Council is particularly important during this period of change for the sector. We want to ensure the profession gets the recognition it deserves, continues to be valued and heard during all vital policy and healthcare discussions and decisions.   

Our Council members ensure that we remain true to our belief in ‘professional excellence in eye health’ and accountable to our members by:

  • bringing members’ views to the attention of the College
  • sharing the College’s thinking, direction and activity within the region
  • providing leadership for their region by participating in local meetings as the representative of the College
  • participating in Council meetings three times each year – including the election meetings held at the College’s annual conference
  • electing the President, Vice President and Trustees
  • having the opportunity to join one of the College’s committees, working groups or reference groups
  • supporting College events in their region
  • contributing to the College’s public relations activity including acting as a spokesperson.

To find out more about what it means to be a College Council member, please read the role description.

There is a maximum of 40 Council members, 35 of whom are elected by members, four who are nominated by the College’s Lay Advisory Panel and one who is nominated by the Optometry Schools Council. Council membership is a voluntary (unpaid) role and reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation, subsistence and childcare will be reimbursed by the College.

Your opportunity to shape your profession

We are currently calling for nominations for Council members to represent fellow College members in the following regions:

  • East Midlands
  • London
  • North East
  • Northern Ireland
  • North West
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorks and Humber

If you live or work in one of these regions, please consider putting yourself forward for election. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and make a difference to your profession and to eye care provision in the UK.

Matt Roney MCOptom joined the College Council in 2019 to represent members in the North West. Here, he explains what motivated him to stand for election … 

“I stood for election to allow me to express my views and opinions on current and potential matters within the optometric community. I wanted to be a part of a prestigious body that are actively moulding the profession into what their members want. Ultimately developing the careers for current and future generations of optometrists.”

You can find information about the current College Council on the College website.

Download the list of current vacancies

Submission of nominations close on 5pm on Friday 18 October.