LOCSU announces new Board members

2 February 2015

Two new Directors have been appointed to the LOCSU’s Board of Directors. Matthew Jinkinson and Charles Bill will respectively represent Local Optical Committees (LOCs) in North of England and the South of England areas. The new appointees replace Steve Mayer and Graham Ackers who retired from the Board in December 2014 having completed their terms of office.

Charles Bill, optometrist, is currently chairman of Devon LOC, having been an active member of the LOC since 2008. He is currently Director of Bill Optical Ltd, that together with his brother, a contact lens optician, he has grown from one family practice to currently six practices across Devon, a business that also provides domiciliary care and includes a sunglass store. Charles is also a director of The Medical Eye Clinic, a surgical eye unit and he also works part-time at Torbay Eye Hospital where he specialises in paediatric optometry.

Matthew Jinkinson 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 for the LOC. Matthew is also 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 Local Eye Health Network working groups for both Cataract and Minor Eye Care Services. 

Alan Tinger, Chairman of the LOCSU Board said: “Graham Ackers and Steve Mayer retired from the Board in December with our grateful thanks for their major contributions to our deliberations. Their experience of and feedback from LOCs in their regions have been invaluable in helping to formulate LOCSU’s strategy and work programmes.

“I am delighted that LOCSU’s process to invite nominations from LOCs, select interview candidates from anonymised personal statements from candidates and a structured interview process has resulted in two such outstanding appointments to the Board. I am very much looking forward to the forward-thinking perspectives they will bring to our Board meetings.” 

Please contact Chris McGachy on cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk if you have any media enquiries.


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The Courtyard – Studio Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

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2018-04-25 14:30:00 - 2018-04-25 18:30:00

Contact name: Nick Black

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Bertie's Banqueting Rooms, Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9AW

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2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:30:00

Contact name: Russell Ramsden

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Dorset LOC's AGM

The RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

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2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Rachel Edwards

Contact email: info@dorsetloc.org

North East London LOC's AGM

Best Western Plus Epping Forest Hotel, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY

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2018-04-26 18:30:00 - 2018-04-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Gaynor Mendolson

Contact email: info@nelondonloc.com

North & North East Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

The Humber room, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton-on-humber

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2018-04-27 18:30:00 - 2018-04-27 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Worfolk

Contact email: rw@smithwalker.co.uk

Sefton LOC's AGM

Pioneer Bar, 107 Liverpool Rd, Crosby, L23 5TD

Annual AGM

2018-04-30 18:00:00 - 2018-04-30 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Newell

Contact email: sefton.loc@gmail.com

Kent & Medway LOC's AGM

Charlotte Room, Marriott Tudor Park, Ashford Road, Bearsted, ME14 4NQ

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

Contact email: michelle@jclconsulting.co.uk

Cumbria LOC's AGM

Greenfields Hotel, Wigton, Cumbria

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

Contact email: braveryoptom@talktalk.net

Manchester LOC's AGM

The Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Way, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NN

Annual AGM

2018-05-02 18:30:00 - 2018-05-02 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

Contact email: lindsey-flynn@hotmail.com

Devon LOC's AGM

Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter, Devon EX6 7UX

Annual AGM

2018-05-08 18:30:00 - 2018-05-08 21:00:00

Contact name: Jonathan Drew

Contact email: jdrew@devonloc.co.uk

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