The College of Optometrists appoints new Chief Executive

8 July 2015

The College of Optometrists has appointed Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Humphreys, as its new Chief Executive from 1 January 2016. The announcement comes following a robust interview and selection process which began in March when the current Chief Executive, Bryony Pawinska, revealed her plan to retire after 12 years in the post.

Dr Cindy Tromans MCOptom, said: “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ian as our new Chief Executive. Ian is passionate about the College and the profession, and truly understands the needs of our members, and that makes him the ideal candidate to take the organisation forward.

“Bryony has achieved a great deal for the College over the last 12 years; I thank her for her commitment, and look forward to seeing Ian take on the mantle.”

Ian has been in post as Deputy Chief Executive since March 2014, having previously held the role of the College’s Director of Membership Services and Communications for six years.

During his time at the organisation, Ian has driven major changes in the services the College offers, which have had a significant impact on member engagement and satisfaction. In particular, he led his team in developing many new member services, including a full calendar of CET lectures and peer discussions; a range of highly successful patient information materials and the growth of the College’s annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow, which now attracts over 700 delegates each year.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the College’s Chief Executive Designate. Under Bryony’s leadership the College has undergone transformational change and I am excited at the prospect of leading the College through the next phase in its development. In what is a rapidly changing professional environment, I will prioritise listening to members and delivering increasing member value and support.”

Bryony Pawinska, current Chief Executive, added: “Ian has worked closely with me since taking on the new role of Deputy CEO early in 2014. He has proved to be a very competent and able leader and I am delighted that Ian has been appointed to take over the CEO’s role in January.”

Prior to joining the College, Ian headed up communications and marketing for the Finance and Leasing Association, the leading representative organisation for the UK consumer credit, motor finance and asset finance sectors. He brings over 25 years experience in membership organisations and a track record of developing and implementing strategic change.

Ian will take up the post on 1 January 2016.

Ian is also a trustee of VISION 2020 UK.

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