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Dr Joy Tweed

Dr Joy Tweed, LOCSU Board Chair

Joy is an experienced non-executive director who has served on various boards in the healthcare sector continuously since 2002. Her current non-executive roles are on the Academy of Healthcare Science/Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), and as a non-executive director and trustee of St Raphael’s Hospice in Cheam, Surrey.

Since 2004 Joy has worked as a senior lecturer at Westminster Business School where she is part of the MBA course team, having previously led a course in healthcare leadership and governance. She is also involved in academic leadership development. Joy is employed part-time at the University and has always undertaken her non-executive roles alongside her academic one.

Between 2009 and 2011 Joy was Chair of an NHS Community Services Board which operated as a standalone organisation until it was put out to tender. Since then, she has Chaired various key committees, including Chair of the Education Committee at the Health and Care Professions Council (2013-2016), Chair of the Lay Advisory Group at the Royal College of Ophthalmology (2017-2019), Chair of the Education and Professional Standards Committee at RCCP and co-Chair of the Clinical Governance and Quality Committee at St Raphael’s Hospice.

Joy has an MA from the University of Westminster and a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. She’s also a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Adam Sampson, AOP Chief Executive

Debbie McGill

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.

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David Hewlett

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.

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Peter Hampson, AOP Representative

Peter Hampson, AOP Representative

Peter is an optometrist in independent practice and Clinical and Professional Director of the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

He is also a specialist module leader for Cardiff University and Co-Chair of the sector Information and IT committee as well as a member of Sandwell LOC.

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Stuart Pell

Stuart Pell, ABDO Representative

Stuart represents ABDO as the regional lead for the UK South and is a very experienced Contact Lens Optician qualified to practice Minor Eye Conditions.

Stuart is an active member of the Wiltshire LOC. Stuart spends time in practice working as a Contact Lens practitioner for an independent group in Wiltshire.

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Sarah Joyce

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.

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Matthew Jinkinson, LOC Representative for North region

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.

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Emma Spofforth, LOC Representative for Midlands and East of England region

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, 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.

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Charles Bill, LOC Representative

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.

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Wendy Andrusco, Company Secretary

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.

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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.

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Please click link to view the Board’s Declarations of Interest 2021.

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