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College of Optometrists elects City PhD student to council

Angharad Hobby will represent the South East region on the College Council


Angharad Hobby, a PhD student from the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London, has been elected to the council of the College of Optometrists.

Angharad will represent the South East region on the College Council along with three other colleagues and will contribute to the strategic and professional direction of the College. Overall the College of Optometrists Council is made up of 35 councillors elected from the 12 UK regions.

Angharad said:

“It’s a great honour to be elected to the council and I’m really looking forward to starting my term. As a relatively newly qualified optometrist I hope I can provide the Council with a voice and views from the younger generation of clinicians. My working life encompasses practice in the community and hospital eye service, research here at City and education as part of the teaching faculty at the Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Institute, Wokingham. The variety of practice leaves me with a fairly holistic view of the profession which will hopefully be useful in Council activities.”

Angharad’s role will also involve acting as an ambassador for the College, bring members views to the College’s attention and share the College’s thinking, action and direction within her region. In addition Angharad will also represent the College at local meetings and events, and contribute to the College’s public relations activity.

“The College support me in terms of my research and my professional practice so I’m really glad I’ll be able to give something back. Improving communication and sharing ideas among workforce members and governing bodies is an excellent way to progress and I’m very excited to be part of that on a larger scale with the College. It’s a terrific chance to have an input into the profession at a national level,” said Angharad.

President of the College of Optometrists Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt said:

“I would like to congratulate all the successful candidates and I look forward to welcoming them on to College council. Our council takes responsibility to determine the strategic and professional direction of the College so it’s very important that we have engaged ambassadors that will bring the views of our members from the regions directly to us.”

Angharad will begin her terms after the College of Optometrists AGM held on March 20, 2017 during its annual conference Optometry Tomorrow.

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