*Closing 01st September*

The General Optical Council (GOC) is the statutory regulator for around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, students and optical businesses in the UK and we exist to protect the public by raising standards in the optical professions. We are one of 10 healthcare regulators and are ourselves overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.

The framework for health and care regulation in the UK is being modernised and this year we have launched our new Strategic Plan marking the start of a new era for the GOC. Our approach to regulation and the development of education and standards needs to be increasingly collaborative, dynamic and relevant to the needs of our registrants and the future challenges we face.

The future will see patient care delivered in multi-agency, multi-professional teams, with technology advances meaning more online or remote consultations and use of artificial intelligence. As a regulator we aim to deliver world-class regulation and excellent customer service and must do so in an increasingly efficient and streamlined way, whilst maintaining public trust and confidence and ensuring our registrants remain fit for purpose in this changing environment

We are seeking a Lay Chair, who will become a leader in the healthcare sector, independent from the profession, who will play a key role in driving the future strategic direction of the organisation, working with the Chief Executive and leading a strong Council in discharging the GOC’s statutory duties.

We are looking for an individual of outstanding calibre, commitment and a strong alignment to the Principles of Public Life and the values of the GOC. The successful candidate will exercise high level governance skills and form relationships with stakeholders to steer the organisation through a transformational programme of regulatory reform. Therefore, an impressive track record of change management, relationship building and promoting quality in an organisation will be essential.

A background or experience in the health and care sector is not essential, but an understanding of the challenges of leading an organisation in a regulated environment is desirable.

We regulate across the UK and welcome applications from all four nations of the UK. We are particularly keen to attract a diverse field of suitable candidates and believe that for any organisation to be successful, it needs to work with the most talented and diverse people available.  We positively encourage applications from people from all sections of the community, from all backgrounds and with a broad range of experience.

If you believe you have the expertise, ambition and passion for ensuring the very best standards of care for patients and the public, please see www.odgers.com/80245 for a candidate brief containing application details, or contact us quoting reference 80245.

  • Closing date is 5pm 1 September 2020.
  • The Chair will receive an annual allowance of £40,000 with an average time commitment of 2 days per week.