Members of the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) gathered at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel in London last week for the organisation’s annual luncheon.

Topcon MD Andy Yorke took over as chairman from Mark Truss, see picture, who during an AGM paid special tribute to board director Barry Dibble for his role in overseeing the transfer of Optrafair exhibition management to the Mark Allen Group.

Truss also emphasised the need for the sector to work together and the important role of the Optical Confederation.

The FMO, which invests its share of Optrafair income in the sector, also donated a cheque for to the Optical Workers’ Benevolent Fund, accepted by Frank Norville.

Former FMO office manager Sandie Fisher, who retired earlier this year, was also presented with a gift from members in recognition of her long service.

Stuart Burn, MD of performance finance, stepped down as a director and chairman of the FMO’s equipment focus group, and has been succeeded by Krysten Williams, CEO of Heidelberg Engineering UK.

Yorke’s first duty as the new chairman was to present Truss with an engraved photo frame in recognition of his service to the FMO as a director since 2011.