Published on 21/03/2024
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Professor Leon Davies
  • Professor Leon Davies is interim head of the School of Optometry at Aston University
  • He completes his two-year term as president of the College of Optometrists in April 2024
  • Professor Davies will formally take on his new role at the College of Optometrists’ annual general meeting on 29 April 2024.

Professor Leon Davies, interim head of the School of Optometry at Aston University, has been appointed chair of the Board of Trustees at the College of Optometrists.

The College of Optometrists is the UK’s professional body for optometry, and as well as representing its members, seeks to develop knowledge and skills in the field, define good optometric practice, support optical research and innovation and educate the public on eye health.

Professor Davies has served as a council member and trustee at the College for nine yearsand began a two-year term as president in 2022. He will formally take on the role of chair at the College of Optometrists’ annual general meeting on 29 April 2024. His term as president will end at this time, and he will also become immediate past president.

The Board of Trustees exists to ensure that the College of Optometrists meets its financial and legal responsibilities as a chartered body with charitable status and works with the chief executive to set the College’s strategy and policies. As chair, Professor Davies will help to guide the College’s strategic direction, foster collaboration and ensure effective governance.

Professor Davies said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed chair of the Board of Trustees at the College of Optometrists at an important time for the College, its members and the wider optometry profession. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and senior leaders at the College to define and achieve our strategic aims for the benefit of our members and the patients they serve.”

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About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming the Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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