College calls for nominations to Council

4 November 2015
Source: The College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists is inviting members to join its Council and help shape the future of the College and the profession.

Nominations are sought from College members and fellows who live or work in the following regions: East Midlands; Eastern; London; North East; North West; Scotland; South East; South West; and Yorkshire and Humber.

Election to College Council gives members the opportunity to represent colleagues, promote their profession and help shape the future of optometry.

Parth Shah MCOptom, Council Member for the Eastern region was elected to College Council in 2015. He explained: “I was seeking an opportunity to influence our profession, add variety to my career, meet new colleagues and attend interesting events. So I nominated myself and was elected one of three Council members for the Eastern region.

“We are consulted on the Board’s recommendations and policies, provide updates on our regions and represent the Council at meetings and events, and sometimes to the media. Being able to input into decisions that shape the profession is highly fulfilling. I thoroughly recommend becoming a Council member. You just need enthusiasm and a desire to contribute.”

Catherine Bithell, Director of Member Services and Communication, added: “Council members are ambassadors for the profession; they bring members’ views directly to the College and provide leadership for their region by participating in local meetings.

“Our Council is responsible for the professional and strategic direction of the College, and I would encourage any member who would like the opportunity to influence that direction, to stand.”

College members can nominate themselves at by 5pm on Friday 13 November 2015. Nominations must be supported by two UK-based practising College members within their region. If a ballot is required in any of the regions, members will be invited to vote at the end of November.

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