Lay (Northern Ireland) Council Member sought for The General Optical Council

Time commitment: Part time, 2 to 3 days per month

Remuneration: £13,460 per annum

Interviews: Tuesday 14 June 2016 (Belfast)

Application deadline: Tuesday 19 April (5.00pm) Council members are charitable trustees and together are the GOC’s governing body We are seeking a lay individual wholly or mainly working or living in Northern Ireland to join our Council. We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. We currently register around 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses. It is an exciting time for us at the GOC. As a member of our Council, you will play a leading role in shaping our future, both in response to significant external changes in the healthcare sector and in leading in our internal development as a sustainable and modern organisation.   

The role involves shaping our future strategic direction, monitoring corporate performance and providing sound financial stewardship to the organisation. You may wish to apply because general healthcare, regulation or public protection is something you are passionate about; or as your life has been touched by the profession. Different experiences and perspectives are important and our members come from all walks of life. Your perspective can come from a wide range of areas including employment, service user experience, general interests, volunteering or education. Being a member gives you the opportunity to share your unique skills and experience, while learning from others. You may already have experience in a similar setting; or you may want to find out.

We are committed to supporting personal and professional development in the role. For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our listings of current vacancies (at or email us ( We strive to be as diverse as the public we protect and welcome applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race/ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. We particularly welcome applications from applicants from those groups currently underrepresented on our Council and committees.