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City lecturer elected to the Association of Optometrists council

Dr Rakhee Shah will represent the council along with other colleagues and will contribute to the aims of the Association

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Dr Rakhee Shah, a lecturer from the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London, has been elected to the council for the Association of Optometrists.

Rakhee will represent the council along with other colleagues and will contribute to the aims of the Association.

Overall the Association of Optometrists council consists of 33 members, 25 of whom are elected to represent geographical areas, with 18 councillors from English regions, three from Scotland and two each from Wales and Northern Ireland.

Other councillors also represent specific demographics and interest groups, ranging from early-career optometrists to university lecturers. The official appointment will take place on the 6th June at the AGM.

As the representative forum for AOP members, the AOP’s council – and its councillors - represent AOP members and assist them when they need information or support. Their main role is listening to and communicating with members through various channels and to collate and present those opinions, interests and concerns at the three annual council meetings.

Through this councillors help to ensure that all members' views across the UK and the profession are represented in policy-making. Council members representing a geographical constituency work in a team with the other councillors representing that area. They also promote, further the ideals of the profession and actively encourage membership of the AOP, deal with requests from members, referring members to the right person within the AOP to provide answers, advice or support.

Dr Shah said:

“It’s a great honour to be elected to the council and I’m really looking forward to starting my term following the AGM in June and representing the AOPs members.”

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