BCLA Council 2019/2020

BCLA Council - nominations have now closed! 


The nominations closed at midnight Thursday 30 July 2020

Ballot opens at 9:00am on Thursday 27 August 2020
Ballot closes at midnight on Tuesday 8 September 2020

BCLA Council Job Description

A BCLA council member will have a passion for Contact Lenses and Anterior Eye. The council member will  know, understand and support the Association’s mission, goals, policies, programmes, services, strengths, and needs. The Council has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the association, ensuring it is solvent, well-run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. 

In order to the achieve this, key tasks include;

To attend Council meetings and participate in committee meetings and working groups
To propose agenda items for Council meetings
To know, understand and support the Association’s mission, goals, policies, programmes, services, strengths, and needs
From time to time you may be asked to represent the BCLA within the represented group, for example attending CET events and participating in relevant meetings
To provide reports to Council from the represented group
To promote and actively encourage membership of the BCLA 
To take part in BCLA  events, for example staffing the BCLA stand at conferences
If appropriate, after some experience and appropriate training, to act as a mentor to new Council members


To attend at least four meetings out of the annual five, prepare for them, including reading the papers submitted, and participate fully in them including by asking timely and substantive questions
Read all relevant papers before the meeting takes place
To declare any conflict of interest
To respect confidentiality rules applying to commercially sensitive information and the privacy of individuals
To be mindful when speaking in public forums that one is speaking for the BCLA  or will be assumed to be so
To be familiar with the BCLA website 
To regularly read BCLA  communications to members, including emails and being aware of CLAE (Contact Lens & Anterior Eye Journal) 

Person specification

Be a full BCLA Member
To be a working optometrist, BCLA would like to encourage Newly Qualified Optometrists, as well as Contact Lens Optician,  Ophthalmologist and those who would join us from a technical/industry background. 
In addition to the professional qualifications; any candidate appointed to council shall be able to demonstrate experience in at least one of the following;
- Digital Marketing & Communication 
- Finance
- Legal
- Policy/Governance & membership organisations 
- Working knowledge of Clinical expertise in the field of Contact Lenses and the Ocular Surface 
- Working knowledge of all or one of the following; UK Universities, UK multiples, GOC & GMC Education requirements
- Research background

Committed to promoting and furthering the ideals of the contact lens and related anterior eye element within the profession
Passion for and Interest in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye
Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil the specified duties and activities
Willingness to speak on behalf of the group being represented
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
Comfort with the use of the internet to communicate and network