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AOP appoints new CE

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March 6 2013

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has announced the appointment of Henrietta Alderman (pictured) as chief executive of the AOP. She will take up the position in the summer. 
 
Ms Alderman joins the AOP from the British Veterinary Association (BVA), where she has held the role of secretary general since 2007. 
 
Having joined the BVA in 2001, Ms Alderman’s experience in leading membership organisations is strengthened through her previous work with the British Bobsleigh Association.
 
With an MBA from Henley Management School, during her time at the BVA she successfully led the organisation through change and believes that her actions should be focused by “what is right for the membership”. 
 
Drawing on her 20 years experience with membership organisations, Ms Alderman told OT: “There are a number of things that I think work really well within membership organisations, starting with listening to what members really want and making sure that your organisation is relevant right from student through to retirement. Communicating and engaging with the membership is also key so that when you are standing up and speaking for them, whether it’s with Government or other decision-makers, you are speaking with their voice and the opinion of members.” 
 
Chairman of the AOP, Dr David Shannon commented: “This is a very exciting appointment for us and we look forward to welcoming Henrietta in this role, leading us onto the next stage of the Association’s development and delivering increased value to its members.”
 
Speaking about her appointment, Ms Alderman added: “I’m absolutely delighted. I think it’s a fantastic challenge with lots of opportunities.”
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  1. Mr D R H Veen

    March 7 2013 (16:01)

    I wish Ms Alderman a successful relationship with the AOP. Her views on listening to younger members and older members will give a balanced speaking voice for our association members.Good Luck with your new post.

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