Alan Tinger FCA CCMI, Executive Chairman
Alan Tinger is a Chartered Accountant and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
As well as having interests outside the optical sector, he is part time Executive Chairman of the LOC Central Support Unit (LOCSU) which supports Local Optical Committees in England particularly in the commissioning of optical community services, a Director of the Federation of (Ophthalmic & Dispensing) Opticians (FODO), the trade association for opticians in business, and a member of the Optical Confederation Leaders Group.
He was formerly a Financial Consultant to the General Optical Council, Managing Director and Part-Owner of Galaxy Optical Services (to whom Tesco PLC outsource the main support and supply functions of Tesco Opticians) and Finance Director of Miller & Santhouse PLC, (sold to the Boots Company PLC in 1990 having been built up to the then third largest optical chain in the UK and a Stock Exchange Listed Company).
Alan has kept up his long standing interest in taxation, corporate structures, governance and also optical regulation and is a Consultant to FODO on finance, taxation, professional liability, legal defence and on the future of the optical market.
Alan is also a Trustee, Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee and of the Investment Committee of RNIB Group, a Trustee of Action for Blind People and Chair of a Registered Housing Association.
Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive
In joining the Association of Optometrists, Henrietta brings over twenty years of experience in leading membership organisations. She comes from her role as Secretary General to the British Veterinary Association, and prior to that as General Secretary to the British Bobsleigh Association. Delivering the best possible support to members and working with boards to find strategic pathways has been her focus. The experience gained through her roles has been reinforced by her MBA from Henley Management College.
Sir Anthony Garrett, ABDO Chief Executive
Sir Anthony joined ABDO on 1 March 1999, assuming his duties on 20 December 2007.
Sir Anthony worked for the Conservative Party for 27 years where he rose to head of the Organisation in the Central Office, overseeing a major reorganisation.
Since joining ABDO he has overseen the re-location of the Association's headquarters to 199 Gloucester Terrace (from Hurlingham) as well as the formation of the ABDO College at Godmersham, Kent, which opened its doors to students in 2001.
In addition to organisational matters, he has concentrated upon improving the profile of the profession and sought closer co-operation with other optical bodies.
David Hewlett, FODO Chief Executive
David is Chief Executive of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians which represents the UK optical market. Before that he worked for 20 years in central Government, primarily in the Department of Health and Social Security, where he was the senior policy-maker on family health services, GP commissioning, a primary care led NHS and national health service frameworks.
Prior to that, David had trained as a medieval linguist lecturing at Montpellier and Cambridge Universities. He has a background in, and experience of, small business.
Trevor Warburton, AOP Representative
Trevor is an optometrist in independent practice in Stockport and a Clinical Advisor to the AOP Legal Department. He is Chair of his local LOC and an advisor to LOCSU. He leads the optometry postgraduate education modules of Legal and Audit at Cardiff University.
Mike Cody, ABDO Representative
Mike is a contact lens optician with 20 years experience in optics.
He manages the contact lens business for an independent, family-owned group.
He is a past director of the ABDO and also sits on Staffordshire LOC as the ABDO representative. He also organises CET for ABDO area 5.
Paul Carroll, FODO Representative
Through his role as director of professional services for the largest optical chain in the UK, Paul has been able to gain insight into the many challenges that are faced at all levels of business and all sizes of practice, when delivering primary eyecare services, including GOS, in the community. He is involved in professional development and training, workforce planning, quality and standards and professional regulation.
Paul is currently an appointed member of the national regulator for opticians (the General Optical Council). He is immediate past-chairman and a director of the Federation of Opticians (FODO).
He lives in Lancashire and maintains his involvement as optometrist partner in Specsavers practices in Southport and Formby.
Matthew Jinkinson, LOC Representative for North region
Matthew is an optometrist in his family run independent opticians in Stockport.
He is a member of Stockport LOC and is the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for the community services within Stockport.
He is Finance Director of GM Primary Eyecare Ltd, Greater Manchester's regional LOC company which holds contracts with several CCGs to provide multiple services across the region.
He is the optometry representative on Greater Manchester LEHN working groups for both Cataract and MECS.
Charles Bill, LOC Representative for South region
Charles is an Optometrist having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1996 and qualifying in 1997. He is currently chairman of Devon LOC which is a very active LOC and has been an active member of the LOC since 2008, and Chairman since 2012. He is presently director of Bill Optical Limited, an independent opticians which now has 6 optical practices across Devon, provides domiciliary services across the county and also a sunglass store. He is a director of The Medical Eye clinic which is a surgical eye unit providing a range of surgical options for eye conditions and also works part-time at Torbay Eye Hospital where he specialises in paediatric optometry for the last 15 years.
Abi Page, LOC Representative for London region
Abi Page, who is a dispensing optician, is a director of her family firm based in Charlton. She has been a member of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich LOC since 2011 and is also now a Director of the LOC company; Primary Eye Care (Bexley Bromley & Greenwich) Limited. As well as successfully completing LOCSU’s first Leadership skills course at Cardiff University in 2012, Abi has also been involved in several local projects including the Low Vision Strategy Planning Group and the ongoing development of a paediatric vision screening pathway.
Stewart Townsend, LOC Representative for Midlands & East region
Stewart Townsend who is an optometrist, is an independent practice owner based in Leek, Staffordshire. He has been Chair of Staffordshire LOC since June 2012, having been involved in the development of enhanced services for over six years. Through representing his LOC on the Eye Services Review Group for North Staffordshire, Stewart has ensured that the LOC has been able to influence local decision making and the delivery of care. Stewart also is currently undertaking the LOCSU Leadership Skills course as part of the WOPEC Post-Graduate Certificate in Eye Care Governance.
Wendy Andrusco, Company Secretary
Wendy Andrusco qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and is Company Secretary of the LOC Support Unit.
She is Head of Finance at the Association of Optometrists having joined the AOP in 2014. Prior to joining the AOP, she worked for KPMG LLP spending a number of years working within the audit division on a variety of assignments before specialising in the insurance sector followed by 4 years in the restructuring division working with middle market companies in financial distress.
Josephine Mullin, College of Optometrists
Josephine Mullin has been the Director of Policy and Strategy at the College since Autumn 2010. She joined the College in June 2006 as Director of Education after 12 years at the General Medical Council where she worked first quality assuring undergraduate medical school courses and subsequently developing assessments for overseas doctors and systems for revalidation.
Previously Jo had worked at the Inns of Court School of Law (now part of City University) developing selection processes for Bar students and at the University of London developing distance learning materials for External Students and, jointly with the Royal Institute of British Architects, for the continuing professional development of architects.