Press release: ABDO extends its reach in Wales

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has a new team of local leads to cover Wales, allowing for representation of dispensing opticians (DOs) across all the regional optical committees (ROC).

The new local lead team includes Diana Haines who will represent DOs on the North Wales ROC, Jennifer Park and Christina Verallo (SEWROC) and Kate Hooper (SWROC).

ABDO Head of Policy Debbie McGill says, “It’s great to have the new local leads representing us on the regional optical committees and the Welsh optometric committee. Having DOs and CLOs included in the planning of service delivery is key to bringing the whole optical workforce together to provide the best eye health care service in Wales.”

Kevin Milsom, ABDO’s lead for Wales, says, “Representation on all the ROCs in Wales and through these also the Welsh Optometric committee, as well as representation on Optometry Wales, allows dispensing opticians to share the views of the profession and make sure DOs are considered when roles come up for which they would be ideal. With DOs being involved in MECs and more becoming accredited to the low vision scheme, representatives on these committees will be able to ensure our DOs are ready when positions and roles become available.”

Any enquiries for the Wales team can be sent to Debbie at or Kevin at


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