Three new members have been appointed to the advisory committees of The General Optical Council.

Alicia Thompson and Geraldine McBride have joined the education committee and Philip Bird has joined the registration committee, the regulator announced last week.

Thompson began her career in optics 30 years ago as an optical technician, before becoming a dispensing optician, registering in 1994 and managing a successful practice.

McBride is a dispensing optician with a special interest in low vision, while Bird has worked in optics since 2001, when he joined Dollond & Aitchison as a trainee optical advisor and later qualified as a dispensing optician in 2007.