FMO held its AGM and annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday December 1 at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel in London. Vice Chair Krysten Williams read a message from Chair Andy Yorke, sending his sincere apologies for not attending due to unforeseen work commitments, and commenting on his first year as Chair in the 100th year of the FMO which he described as ‘a challenging but extremely invigorating year’. Said Andy ‘The process of change is well underway at FMO, change which is necessary to modernise the organisation so it is equipped to deal with the challenges that it will undoubtedly face in the coming months and years.’

Members received a presentation from Ms Williams which captured the modernisation process, especially in relation to communicating with members via a new website and social media, and ensuring that FMO’s trade show Optrafair continued to develop as the ‘go to’ optical event in the UK in line with its strategic plan. A lively debate about the optical trade show scene in the UK followed, and members were urged to attend the next General Meeting on 21 February to discuss this in more detail.

After the AGM, representatives from across the optical sector joined FMO members to celebrate with a reception and Christmas lunch in the hotel Ballroom. FMO invests its share of Optrafair income in the sector, and during the luncheon Ms Williams made a presentation of a donation to the Optical Workers’ Benevolent Fund, accepted by Professor Mo Jailie on behalf of his fellow Trustees.

Following lunch Barry Dibble, Immediate Past Chair of FMO, presented Kingsley Sleep, with an engraved photo frame in recognition of Mr Sleep’s long service on the Board. Mr Sleep had been a Director of FMO since its incorporation in 2002 but prior to that he was actively involved in the unincorporated organisation as Chair from 1996-1998 and from 2000-2001. Mr Dibble paid tribute to Mr Sleep’s many years of work for FMO as a key figure in the former OFIMA (the forerunner of the Frames Focus Group) and also in FMO’s standards work. Latterly, as a co opted Director, Mr Sleep had taken on the enormous task of drafting new Articles of Association, and has been a great source of information about FMO for his fellow Directors.

Mr Dibble then presented Honorary Life Membership to former Chair John Conway, in recognition of Mr Conway’s outstanding contribution to the work of FMO and his many years of loyal service.