Kathy leads staff in the development of activities to meet the operational and strategi objectives of the College, encouraging close collaboration with College Officers and members. She is keen to maintain the high level of consultant involvement at RCOphth. Kathy works closely with the President and Vice President to ensure that the strategic vision of the organisation is realised. She is a chartered accountant and has previously worked in banking, before moving into the third sector. Kathy joined the RCOphth in 1996 as an accountant before becoming Chief Executive in 2004. Kathy enjoys tennis and reading; she has been in the same book club for 20 years and as a result is a better reader than tennis player.
Beth oversees the development of professional standards and quality work at the RCOphth, helping our members to deliver high quality patient care. Her department team and clinical leads help to collate and disseminate the latest evidence through Congress, the Eye journal, NOD, BOSU and producing resources and good practice guidance. Beth joined the organisation in 1999 and has worked in various departments since then. When she is not at work, she attempts to oversee high standards of vegetable growing on her allotment with most success in chillies and courgettes. Often requiring assistance on consuming from friends, colleagues, and neighbours.
Dylan has worked in examinations in different specialties for the past 13 years. His vision for the RCOphth examinations is to thoroughly modernise the way that they are delivered. He wants to make them fit for the rapidly evolving digital era.
Dylan started working in exams in 2006 and has worked at the Society of Apothecaries, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine before becoming the RCOphth as Head of Exams.
In his spare time, Dylan writes novels and likes to travel as much as possible. Health and fitness is also very important to him and he managed to turn his garage into a gym during lockdown!
Thandi’s department is the backbone of the organisation, providing support for other staff members through the HR, membership services, IT, finance and building services teams. She is values driven in her approach to work and has taken roles that provide positive benefits to society. Thandi is currently learning the piano. She aims to play Bach and Beethoven piano sonatas, but has currently mastered ‘Chop Sticks’.
Liz is responsible for the communications of RCOphth activities including public affairs, press, campaigns and updates on the ophthalmic workforce and eye services. Liz and her team work with Council, the Executive and members of the RCOphth committees to support achievement of RCOphth operations and strategy, using the website, e-communications, print and social media channels. Her background is primarily in marketing and communications in the private sector, working with brands Heinz, Bupa and Sport England.
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Alex is responsible for a range of education and training activities. These vary from CESR, DSS, e-Learning, curriculum, CCT, e-Portfolio, OPT, telelearning to providing skills and educational courses, awards and scholarships. Her department works collaboratively with members of the OTG and across the other standing committees.
The education and training department becomes part of a doctor’s life. They provide support to ophthalmologists during their training and throughout their later practice. Alex joined the college after graduating from university. As a result she developed a breadth of knowledge and has seen many positive changes at the RCOphth. Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends.