Mike Fegan, LOCSU Chairman
Mike Fegan joined LOCSU as non-executive Chairman following a recruitment process exercise in the summer of 2018 and takes up the position at the National Optical Conference on 15 November 2018.
Mike has a wealth of experience in finance and governance roles which he brings to LOCSU having worked for FTSE 100 companies, SMEs, start-ups, not-for-profit and charitable organisations in a variety of senior positions.
Adam Sampson, AOP Chief Executive
Debbie McGill, ABDO Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Debbie is Head of Policy and Public Affairs for ABDO. Within her role she advises ABDO and their members on current and updated policy in relation to all aspects of eye health and the profession delivering this service, in line with national and local legislation / regulation.
Debbie sits on various committees throughout the UK to participate in policy discussions / negotiations.
Debbie is also an Ophthalmic Public Health Ambassador and works with UK public health representatives to link the optical profession, and the service they deliver, into the bigger picture in relation to the provision of public health overall.
David Hewlett, FODO Group Director for Leadership, Transformation and Strategic Partnerships
David is Group Director for Leadership, Transformation and Strategic Partnerships for 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.
Peter Hampson, AOP Representative
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.
Sarah Joyce, FODO Representative
Sarah is an optometrist who has extensive experience working across independent and multiple practices.
Over the last seven years she has held leadership roles within the Professional Services and Compliance team at ASDA Opticians – leading on governance, training and audit, and has been the Superintendent Optometrist for the last three years. She is also the GOC responsible officer the company. She also has extensive Board level experience as a NED at FODO and participating in other industry working groups and committees.
Matthew Jinkinson, LOC Representative for North region
Matthew is an optometrist in his family run independent opticians in Stockport. He is the Chair of Greater Manchester East LOC and is the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for the community services within Stockport.
He is the optometry representative on Greater Manchester LEHN working groups for both Cataract and MECS.
Emma Spofforth, LOC Representative for Midlands and East of England region
Emma Spofforth is an Independent Optometrist working in South East Essex. She is Secretary of Essex LOC and is the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for the South Essex Community Glaucoma Service. Emma has also just been re-elected as the AOP Councillor for the East of England and is an AOP Board member.
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.
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 Vice-Chair of Devon LOC and has been an active member of the LOC since 2008.
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.
Wendy Andrusco, Company Secretary
Wendy Andrusco qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and is Company Secretary of the LOC Support Unit.
She is the Finance Director 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.
Sarah Cant, College of Optometrists (Invited Observer)
Sarah joined The College of Optometrists as their Director of Policy & Strategy in June 2019 with 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector.
She recently led the national One Digital partnership and has previously worked in senior policy and influencing roles in cancer charities, including as Director of Policy & Strategy at Prostate Cancer UK. Sarah has also been the Programme Director of two national health research programmes, which developed new solutions to improve cancer support and care services. Sarah led work to ensure successful new care models and best practice could be widely adopted and rolled out.
Sarah has a PhD in Pharmacology and worked in a variety of research settings before her career in the charity sector.