Daryl Newsome became the new ABDO president during a presidential handover ceremony last week in London. Daryl thanked the outgoing president, Jo Holmes, for her dedication and hard work during the two years that she held the post, and then handed over the vice presidency to Kevin Gutsell.
During a speech overviewing her time as president, Jo Holmes spoke about the unexpected challenges of being ABDO president during a pandemic, as well as focussing on the very special skills of a dispensing optician. As immediate past president Jo will become an advisor to the board for a period of two years.
Daryl will serve as ABDO president until April 2024 before handing over the chain of office to Kevin Gutsell. The next ABDO vice president will be announced in October 2023.
The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is the professional body for dispensing opticians – working for dispensing opticians and advancing the profession in the UK and worldwide.
Dispensing opticians are healthcare professionals registered with the statutory regulator for the optical professions, the General Optical Council. Dispensing opticians are also able to gain a further qualification that enables them to register as contact lens opticians.
ABDO’s purpose is to support and represent its members, to promote awareness of their roles, to enable their professional development, and to advance the profession as a whole. ABDO represents dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians across the UK and overseas.