LOCSU has announced two new appointments to the Board

31 May 2013

Two new Directors have been appointed to the LOCSU’s Board of Directors.  Abi Page and Stewart Townsend will represent Local Optical Committees (LOCs) in London and the Midlands & East areas respectively.  The appointments reflect the Board’s decision to increase the number of LOC representatives on the Board in order to ensure that the views of LOCs are reflected at the highest level. 

Alan Tinger, Chairman of LOCSU, welcomed the news saying:  “We are delighted to welcome two new faces to the LOCSU Board, who will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective.  Both Abi and Stewart offer us knowledge and insight into the issues faced by LOCs in these two areas of the country.   Their successful applications are testament to the value of the LOCSU Leadership Skills’ post-graduate course in developing new talent to lead the sector in the coming years.”

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 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. 


Notes to editors 

  • Previously, the LOCSU Board has had three LOC/ROC representatives (North of England, South of England and Wales). Now that support for the ROCs in Wales is being provided by Optometry Wales, the LOCSU Board agreed earlier this year to reallocate the Wales position and to extend the number of LOC representatives, from three to four, to increase democracy and transparency.  As a result, LOCSU advertised the new positions to the whole optical sector in each area.  

  • The process was in three stages:

1. LOCs in each area were invited to nominate candidates.

2. Anonymous personal statements from the candidates were reviewed by a sub-committee of the Board and short lists were selected for interview.

3. The short lists were interviewed by a sub-committee of the Board, chaired by the Chairman of the Board, and following structured interviews, the two appointees were selected

Media enquiries:  

Jenny Manchester, LOCSU Communications Manager, on 07703 677697 or jennymanchester@locsu.co.uk.


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