Following the departure of the previous incumbent of the role of CEO at AOP, Bob Hughes, a new chief executive has finally been appointed after a period of almost 18 months without a fixed appointment. In November of 2011, Mr Hughes stepped down allowing for interim CEO Richard Carswell to take over while a new appointment was chosen. Mr Hughes, has also found himself in new employment having being given the similar role at the Surrey Association for Visual Impairment. That person has now been identified as Henrietta Alderman.
Henrietta Alderman joins the association from her previous role as secretary general at the British Veterinary Association, which she held for a period of over 5 years. She will be formally taking up her position at the Association of Optometrists in the summer of 2013, a move which is being welcomed at 'exciting' by the current chairman, David Shannon.
Alderman brings along with her valued experience in such roles. Her new role will offer 'lots of opportunities,' while also taking the AOP forward in regards its 'development' and also offering increased value to its members.