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Data for financial year ending 31 March 2018

General Optical Council

  • Income

    £8.7M

  • Spending

    £10.0M

  • Status

    Up-to-date

Charity no. 1150137

Contact details

Public address

  • General Optical Council, 10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG

Aims & activities

We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Our statutory role is to protect and promote the health and safety of members of the public by promoting high standards of professional education, conduct and performance among our registrants. We currently register around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

What the charity does

  • Education/training
  • The advancement of health or saving of lives

Who the charity helps

  • Other defined groups
  • The general public/mankind

How the charity works

  • Provides services
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Sponsors or undertakes research

Income and Endowments:

£8.7M

* £-47.0K investment gains(losses)

Expenditure:

£10.0M

Assets and liabilities

  • £1.2M Own use assets
  • £9.7M Long term investments
  • £0.0K Defined benefit pension scheme asset or liability
  • £6.9M Other assets
  • £10.1M Total liabilities
Financial history
Compliance history

Charitable spending ratios

115%
99%
0%

Charitable objects

TO PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BY PROMOTING HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION, CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE AMONG OPTOMETRISTS AND DISPENSING OPTICIANS, AND THOSE TRAINING TO BE OPTOMETRISTS AND DISPENSING OPTICIANS, AND IN PARTICULAR: (A) BY THE MAINTENANCE OF REGISTERS OF THE NAMES OF PERSONS WHO ARE FIT TO PRACTISE AS OPTOMETRISTS OR DISPENSING OPTICIANS, OR TO UNDERTAKE TRAINING TO ENABLE THEM TO BECOME OPTOMETRISTS OR OPTICIANS; (B) BY DEFINING, CREATING AND MAINTAINING AN EFFECTIVE STRUCTURE FOR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING AMONG OPTOMETRISTS AND DISPENSING OPTICIANS AND AMONG PERSONS SEEKING TO QUALIFY AS OPTOMETRISTS OR DISPENSING OPTICIANS, AND SUPERVISING THE PROVISION OF SUCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING; (C) BY ENSURING THAT ONLY THOSE WHO ARE FIT TO PRACTISE AS OPTOMETRISTS OR DISPENSING OPTICIANS, OR TO TRAIN FOR SUCH PRACTICE, IN FACT DO SO; (D) BY THE PROVISION OF APPROPRIATE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE TO THOSE WHO ARE FIT TO PRACTISE AS OPTOMETRISTS OR DISPENSING OPTICIANS, OR TO TRAIN FOR SUCH PRACTICE.

Governing document

OPTICIANS ACT 1989 AS AMENDED BY THE MEDICAL ACT 1983 (AMENDMENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS ORDER 2006

Area of benefit

England And Wales

Organisation type

Standard registration

Policies

Risk management
Investment
Conflicts of interest
Complaints handling
Paying staff

Land And Property

This charity owns and/or leases land or property.

  • 12 Trustees
  • 76 Employees
  • 0 Volunteers

Trustee board

Trustee Other trusteeships Charity status
Selina Ullah Keighley Association For Women And Children's Centre Up-to-date
Muslim Women's Council Up-to-date
David Parkins None on record
Glenn Tomison Birtenshaw Up-to-date
Birtenshaw Merseyside Recently registered
Gareth Morgan Hadley (Chair) None on record
Helen Elizabeth Tilley None on record
Dr Scott Mackie None on record
Clare Minchington None on record
Rosie Glazebrook Book Aid International Up-to-date
The Bhutan Society Trust Fund Up-to-date
Sinead Burns None on record
Dr Josie Forte None on record
Roshni Samra None on record
Michael Galvin None on record

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland