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.
We are currently working to a three-year Strategic Plan 2017-2020 but in 2019, Council will begin the process of the next strategic planning cycle.
Our Council members ensure that we remain true to our belief in ‘professional excellence in eye health’ and are 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 meeting 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:
- North East
- East Midlands
- North West
- South East
- South West
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.
Ceri Probert MCOptom joined the College Council in 2017 to represent members in Wales. Here, he explains what motivated him to stand for election…
"My main reason for standing for election was that we are at an exciting time for optometrists, with expanding roles and responsibilities, but was dismayed to read of the relatively poor public perception of our profession. I hoped by providing a voice for optometrists working in primary care in Wales that I could help change that."
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 19 October.