ABDO College trustees serve for a maximum of eight years. As three members of the ABDO College board of trustees complete their term of office, three new trustees have been appointed following a round of interviews.
Daryl Newsome will take up his appointment on the 21 July 2016; he replaces former chairman of the trustees Huntly Taylor. Daryl is a practice partner, dispensing optician, CLO and ABDO examiner based in Devon where he employs 23 staff within three practices. He has more than 30 years’ experience working in various retail and education environments.
Geri Dynan will take up her appointment on the 29 September 2016 and replaces Kevin Gutsell. Geri has worked in the profession for almost 20 years; she qualified as a dispensing optician via ABDO College in 2008. She is an ABDO board member, ABDO practical examiner, chairman of ABDO Northern Ireland Area, a committee member of Optometry Northern Ireland and recently became an ABDO College distance learning tutor.
Ian Wills will take up his appointment on the 26 January 2017 to replace Matt Trusty. Ian is a director of Specsavers in Newton Abbott and Launceston, he qualified as a dispensing optician and contact lens optician before going on to qualify as an optometrist. Ian has supervised fourteen students, three of whom have gone on to qualify as CLOs and two as optometrists.
Commenting on the appointments, chairman of the college trustees Angela McNamee said “Having chaired the interview panel I am sure that Daryl, Geri and Ian will all make a significant contribution to the work of the board of trustees and I look forward to working with them.”