The General Optical Council (GOC) are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. They currently register around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student optometrists and dispensing opticians, and optical businesses.
They are responsible for, setting standards for the performance and conduct of registrants, approving qualifications leading to registration, maintaining a register of individuals who are fit to practise and investigate and acting where registrants’ fitness to practise, train or carry on business may be impaired.
The GOC has appointed Leonie Milliner as its new Chief Executive and Registrar. Leonie will succeed Lesley Longstone who has held the position since 2018.
Leonie was previously GOC’s Director of Education and Chief Executive of the General Osteopathic Council and the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, Leonie has a strong background in regulation. She is a longstanding lay member and team leader of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation Panel, and a lay member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive's Qualifications Committee.