4 March 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is asking members to put themselves forward for six designated AOP Council positions: Undergraduate Optometry Student, Pre-registration Optometrist, Newly-qualified Optometrist, Early Career Optometrist, Dispensing Optician and Franchisee/Joint Venture Partner, with applications opening on 4 March 2019.
Representing a range of practice types and career stages, these designated Councillors ensure a variety of voices are heard at the Association. They sit alongside the AOP Council’s elected regional representatives and designated Councillors representing university lecturers and hospital optometrists.
Encouraging AOP members to apply, AOP Chief Executive Henrietta Alderman said: “Our Councillors help the AOP understand and provide for the needs of the profession. You do not need previous experience in a similar role to apply; as long as you are passionate about representing your peers we would like to hear from you.”
She continued: “Our current Councillors come from a range of backgrounds, practices and career stages and that’s what makes their involvement in AOP Council so valuable. By putting yourself forward you can help us tackle the big issues in optics, including how the profession should develop to meet the challenges of a fast-changing environment.”
Encouraging others to put themselves forward, outgoing appointed Councillor for early career optometrists, Fatima Nawaz, said: “Being on Council has given me the chance to voice my opinion and the opinions of my colleagues to influencers in the industry, and to make sure positive changes support everyday practice for all modes of optometrists.”
She added: “I have enjoyed spending over three years surrounded by likeminded individuals who want the best for our profession and who go above and beyond to ensure the changes made will benefit us all. I would encourage anyone who is passionate about supporting the profession to apply.”
The application period runs from 4 to 25 March 2019. Following the application process, Councillors for each position will be selected by the AOP Appointments Committee, with results announced at the start of May. The first Council new Councillors will attend is on 12 June 2019. More information on the role and how to apply can be found at http://www.aop.org.uk/Council.
Current AOP Councillors can be contacted in the AOP community forums.