Optical Confederation appoints new Chairman

1 September 2014

The Optical Confederation (OC) has announced the appointment of Chris Hunt as its new Chairman. Mr Hunt will take up the position in October, succeeding the current Chairman, Don Grocott.

Mr Hunt has extensive optical experience, having held a number of CEO appointments within large international corporations engaged in spectacle manufacturing, diagnostic equipment manufacturing and optical retailing. He is Master on the Court of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and a Trustee of its Education Trust. He also works as a Strategic Development Consultant for a number of companies.

Mr Hunt said: “I feel very honoured to have been appointed as the new Chairman of the Optical Confederation. Having served in, and having gained firsthand knowledge of all sectors of both UK and international optics, I am confident that my broad experience can be put to best use in furthering the cause of this excellent concept. I enthusiastically await the challenge."

Don Grocott has successfully led the OC since its inception. Increased cross-sector communication, co-operation and unity have steadily developed following the formal launch in May 2010. The OC has had a number of collaborative successes which include the formation of the Clinical Council, the public health indicator and the collective response to the discontinuation of the supply of fluorescein strips.

Mr Grocott said: “Happily, working together is getting into the DNA of optics. Co-operation enhances outcomes for patients. It improves working relationships with allied professions and, perhaps the Confederation’s greatest success to date, it ensures that optics speaks to government with a single voice. Optics and the eye health sector generally work more closely now than was imaginable when earlier initiatives started on this path. There is much more to do and so it is good news that Chris Hunt has accepted the Confederation’s invitation to succeed me. He will bring a different perspective whilst sharing the clear understanding that in optics, as in other so many other spheres, we are better together.”


Notes to Editors:

High resolution images of Don Grocott and Chris Hunt are available on request.