Central Mersey Local Optical Committee now serves the interests of GOS registered Optical practitioners in 3 CCG areas, Halton, Knowsley and St Helens and has links with Mersey area team of NHS England.

Central Mersey LOC was formed on 10th January 2007, via a merger of  2 previous LOCs,  North Cheshire LOC and St Helens and Knowsley LOC. At the 2014 AGM it was decided that Warrington area would be better served by being part of Cheshire LOC, as it has better links with the Cheshire area team of NHS England. This was also agreed by Cheshire LOC at their AGM. There will now be a transitional period of around 12 months, when members of Central Mersey LOC practicing in the Warrington area will attend both committees.  By Spring 2015, the transition should be complete and Warrington contractors and ophthalmic practitioners will be fully represented by Cheshire LOC. However, the 2 LOCs will maintain close links, particularly with regards to diabetic eye screening.


The Committee consists of up to 14 members, half are elected by contractors and half by ophthalmic performers in the LOC area. Elections for members are held every 3 years, with the next election is due in March 2022. There are currently no vacancies on the committee; Anybody wishing to be considered for membership in the future should contact the Secretary.

The LOC meets 5 times a year, including the AGM in late March. Forthcoming meeting dates can be viewed in the calendar section of this site.

Non-members are welcome to attend meetings as an observer and join members for dinner afterwards. This is a useful way to get to know more about the workings of the LOC and meet colleagues socially.

Bob Wilkes, Chairman



Chair: Bob Wilkes

Secretary: Ian White

Treasurer: Ian Carr

Debi Blaney: Contrators Representative

Andrew Dagnall: St Helens Representative

Gordon Elliott: Diabetes Screening Lead and Warrington Representative

Paul Gilmore: Independent practitioners Representative

Colin Jones: Dispensing Opticians Representative

Stuart Jones: Halton Representative

Melanie Lutus: Knowsley Representative and Webmaster

Paul Morgan: CET Lead

Natalie Reynolds: Hospital optometry Representative

Rachel Tinsley: Employed optometrists and social media Representative

Keith Williams: IT and Liaison with other LOCs




The latest version of the LOC Constitution, drafted in June 2013 can be downloaded below: