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Association News
3 March 2014
Issue 138
ABDO Board election results

The results of the ballot, conducted by Electoral Reform Services (ERS), in order of the number of votes placed are:

  • Fiona Anderson – Elected
  • Clive Marchant – Elected
  • Jo Holmes – Elected
  • Ashton Galloway and Alexandra Webster
  • Stephen Golding
  • Christopher Bick
  • Lynda Matthias

Please note Ashton Galloway and Alexandra Webster were joint 4th place.

The successful candidates will serve on the ABDO Board for the next three years as of 9 April 2014.

Fiona Anderson
Clive Marchant
Jo Holmes
ABDO annual meetings

ABDO annual meeting

The twenty eighth annual meeting of the Association will be held at 5.00pm on Tuesday 13 May 2014, at the Pullman Hotel, 100-110 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ.

For the first time the meeting will be held at the Optical Confederation Conference and will take place at the same time as the AOP and FODO annual meetings.

1. Welcome by the ABDO President, Peter Black
2. Presentation of the 2013 annual report and accounts
3. Questions to the ABDO President and Board
4. Close of meeting

ABDO Benevolent Fund annual meeting

The twenty sixth annual meeting of the Benevolent Fund will be held at 12.45pm on Wednesday 14 May 2014 at the Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB.

The meeting will take place during the spring President’s Consultation Day meeting at which all members are cordially invited to attend.

1. Welcome by the Chairman of the Benevolent Fund Management Committee, Jennifer Brower
2. Presentation of the 2013 annual report and accounts
3. Questions to the Benevolent Fund Management Committee
4. Close of meeting

To ensure appropriate seating and catering arrangements can be made, ABDO members wishing to attend any of these three meetings are kindly requested to inform Jane Burnand by email at by Monday 12 May.

ABDO membership benefits
For expert advice and assistance with residential mortgages, buy-to-let mortgages and re-mortgages, Charles Cameron & Associates will be delighted to help ABDO members find the most suitable solution to finance any new purchase whether in the UK or overseas.

They are completely independent and will work to find the best mortgage for you as well as the best terms they can provide. They can also explore whether you may be able to save money by re-mortgaging onto a more competitive rate*.

View more information or call 0207 953 7040 quoting ABDO

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offer subject to change without notice. As a concession to members, they are willing to waive their normal fee and accept commission only from the lender, although a fee option is also available (typically this could be 0.5% of the amount borrowed).

Your home may be re-possessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage
2014 ABDO Conference and Exhibition
If you are coming to the conference, to avoid disappointment, please register in advance for the lectures and workshops you wish to attend.

The 2014 ABDO Conference and Exhibition will take place on Sunday 30 March and Monday 31 March, at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Coventry Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LD - don't delay, book online now!

Please note accommodation at Chesford Grange is now fully booked for Sunday 30 March - rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn and Ramada hotels.

Pre-registration for lectures and workshops

Please note registration in advance is mandatory to ensure you secure a guaranteed place at any given lecture or workshop you wish to attend. All applications will be handled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis - click here to download the lecture/workshop registration form

Click here for more conference information
Low Vision CET days

The low vision CET days, held at the ABDO College last year, are being repeated due to popular demand on Sunday 15 June and Sunday 27 July. The comprehensive training day programme is designed to help members understand the principles of low vision assessment and dispensing and encourage them to undertake low vision work in practice. The event carries 18 interactive CET points and six DO competencies: communication, professional conduct, optical appliances, low vision, refractive management and ocular abnormalities.

Click here to book online
President's Consultation Day

The next ABDO President’s Consultation Day will be held at the Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB, on Wednesday 14 May 2014. All members are invited and welcome to attend. To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at, or call her on 020 7298 5102.

Dispensing courses

ABDO College offers a choice of two distance learning courses on the route to becoming a qualified dispensing optician:

Option 1
A two-year Foundation Degree course followed by a third year BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.

Option 2
A three year diploma course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification.

For application forms please contact the ABDO College Courses Team on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

For more information click here
VCHP volunteer open evening

Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) is holding a volunteer open evening, 6.30pm-7.30pm on Monday 7 April, at their new Manchester centre and warmly welcomes the local and optical community to come and learn more about the charity.

Volunteer optometrists and dispensing staff, plus a clinic manager, are needed to run the unit, and the evening is an opportunity to find out how rewarding donating a few hours of professional time each month can be.

Located within the Cornerstone Day Centre, in Denmark Road, it is close to the heart of the city, and serves a significant homeless population. The new clinic is furnished with modern diagnostic technology, kindly donated by the optical community.

To confirm your place at the open evening and to find out more about volunteering email, or visit the VCHP website.

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