Jemima Morgan

Jemima Morgan

Optometrist

Jemima is our newest Optometrist, joining the team in September 2018. She is currently undertaking training in Independent Prescribing and in her spare time she can be found running or playing hockey, or even helping out on the family farm. This is all in between renovating her first home.

Austin Timoney

Austin Timoney

Audiologist

Austin has a strong background in science, with degrees in Natural Sciences, Biotechnology and Audiology. He has extensive experience in the assessment and rehabilitation of adults and children with hearing loss, having worked for the NHS prior to joining The Hearing Care Partnership. Austin is dual-registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Scientist and Hearing Aid Dispenser.

With his strong focus on providing patient-centred hearing care, Austin appreciates that his working environment permits ample time and access to the best technology. This ensures he can help his patients to live a life uncompromised by hearing loss.

Austin has a young family and spends his spare time enjoying nature and outdoor pursuits: “I love getting out into the great outdoors, whether hiking or cycling, or just indulging in a round of golf!”

Mari Shepherd

Mari Shepherd

Audiologist

Mari graduated from the University of Southampton in 2008 with a BSc in Audiology and went straight into working for the NHS. After leaving the NHS, Mari worked for a leading audiology equipment manufacturer in a training and clinical support capacity, covering their hearing and balance portfolios. During her time there she had some incredible opportunities to work with and learn from people right across the industry, from hearing aid manufacturers through to key opinion leaders, researchers and front line audiologists, in both the NHS and private sectors - helping to shape her own clinical approach.

“I decided to join The Hearing Care Partnership because of their high standards of clinical care and their customer service matches my own values. Working with The Hearing Care Partnership enables me to have the time, resources and range of technology to provide the best individualised care possible, on an ongoing basis. The most important thing for me is to work for a company that genuinely cares about every one of their patients.

In my spare time I can often be found sailing or in the gym. I have been involved in dinghy racing from a young age and regularly compete nationally, as well as having raced internationally. I have also competed in Olympic style weightlifting over the last five years.”

Alice Wadsworth

Alice Wadsworth

Receptionist

Alice officially started in September 2018 but has been a part of the BBR family most of her life, being the daughter of Director, Suzanne Wadsworth.

Alice works with us part time, as she is also studying German, History and Philosophy & Ethics at Hereford Sixth Form College.

When she finally gets some time to herself, Alice enjoys reading, spending time with friends, doing yoga and is also learning to drive. She has a passion for languages and is hoping to study German at University.

MSci Optometrist

MSci Optometrist

Since 2007, BBR Optometry has been one of the chosen placement practices to deliver The University of Manchester’s MSci Degree. At the end of their second year at the university, prospective students are selected via interview and to date BBR Optometry has supported over 22 students to their Masters in Optometry.

Appointments with our placement Optometrists take approximately one hour and are very thorough. The details and outcome of the appointment are discussed with a supervising Optometrist before the patient leaves.

Having worked with number of the MSci students, Technical Support Officer, Emily Willerton says, “They all bring something different to the practice and help to keep us on our toes. Having MSci Optometrists here means that we are always training which helps us all to keep our skills polished and up to scratch. The only negative is that after six months, they leave us but they almost always keep in touch and some even come back!”

Charlotte Apperley

Charlotte Apperley

Optical Assistant

Charlotte joined BBR in April 2017 and has quickly became an integral part of the team. She is mainly based in the workshop, taking care of our incoming spectacle orders and ensuring they meet our high standards.

Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and going on holiday.

Hannah Biddle

Hannah Biddle

Clinical Assistant

Hannah joined BBR Optometry in 2015. Hannah discovered a passion for photography as a child and studied the subject at degree level graduating with a BA Hons. As a sociable person, she specialises in portraiture, striving to create memories to achieve client satisfaction. Hannah continues to enjoy photography, but was keen to pursue her interest in providing a service to help others by taking a position in patient care at BBR.

Out of work, Hannah enjoys walking, photography, baking for friends and family and likes to take a trip to her family home to spend time in the countryside.

Laura Newman

Laura Newman

Clinical Assistant

Laura is the longest standing member of BBR's reception team, having worked here for more than 15 years. Laura's knowledge of our patients is unparalleled, and her efficient approach ensures all jobs get completed.

When not at work, Laura spends most of her time with her husband and two daughters, but she also enjoys time with friends.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies

Clinical Assistant

Laura joined the team as a clinical assistant in 2010 and subsequently started a diploma in ophthalmic dispensing in Sept 2019. She has successfully completed her first year and is on track to qualify in the summer of 2022. When not at work, Laura is kept busy by her two young children! She is a keen photographer and enjoys talking long country walks.

Helen Barker

Helen Barker

Clinical Assistant

Helen began working at BBR in September 2011 as a receptionist. She was already familiar with us as a contact lens wearer and now sees the running of the practice from the other side! Helen is a welcoming and friendly face when our patients arrive, and has great customer facing skills which she has gained from previous job roles. She completed the Spectacle Maker’s Clinical Assistant course in 2014.

Helen has three lively children who she enjoys many adventures with, including trips to Disneyworld. She also enjoys other holidays and relaxing at home.

Emily Willerton

Emily Willerton

Technical Support

Emily initially began working at BBR as an Optical Assistant in 2008 until she left in 2011 to travel the world. On returning from her adventures, she re-joined us as a member of the front of house team but has since had a complete role change and she is now the ‘go-to’ person for all IT issues – whether it be sorting out a printer jam, co-ordinating equipment installations and upgrades with suppliers or developing and updating internal procedures. She’s always on the go and likes to be busy.

In October 2019, Emily will begin a BSc in IT & Computing through the Open University.

When not at work, Emily enjoys adventures with her family, reading and collecting Terry Pratchett books and all things Ghibli.

Lisa Strevens

Lisa Strevens

Staff Resources Manager

Lisa is one of the longest standing members of BBR; she joined the team back in 1988 as a receptionist. She gradually moved into a more administrative role and, in 2004, became the Staff Resource Manager. Lisa knows the practice inside out, and this knowledge combined with her organisational skills ensures that the whole practice runs efficiently. Lisa's role also means that she has a close working relationship with all members of staff and she is a friendly face to all.

Lisa has a very busy life out of work as she has two very active children, who attend lots of extra-curricular activities.

Emily Davies

Emily Davies

Dispensing Optician

Emily joined the practice in 2011 and went on to qualify as a dispensing optician in 2018. At this time, she was awarded for presenting the best dispensing case records among her fellow graduates. Emily has an eye for frame styling and holds a diploma in colour analysis from the London College of Style- she is always keen to ensure that patients look and feel their best in their eyewear. She has an interest in low vision and runs a clinic one day per week with support from Nick Rumney and Nick Black. Emily also takes care of the majority of our in-house social media. In her own time Emily enjoys stargazing, baking and travel.

Daniel Read

Daniel Read

Practice Manager / Dispensing Optician

Daniel qualified in 2001 and spent some years working for a small group of independent practices in Gloucester. He joined BBR as practice manager and dispensing optician in February 2015. Daniel has a real passion for eyewear and has spent time curating our collection of eyewear brands to ensure our customers have the best selection of frames to choose from. He also owns 23 pairs of glasses (and can see through all of them!) When not working Daniel enjoys spending time with his two children, cooking, reading and walking.

Magda Peppa

Magda Peppa

Dispensing Optician / Contact Lens Practitioner in Training

Magda joined BBR Optometry in December 2014 as a qualified Dispensing Optician. She completed her undergraduate studies in Optics and Optometry at I.R.S.O.O. (The Research Institute of Studies in Optics and Optometry) in Vinci, Italy in 2003. In addition, she completed one year of studies at the Sector of Medium Executives of Enterprises in Management & Finance. She previously worked as a DO-Optometrist in Greece and is fluent in Greek, English and Italian.

Magda's main interest is the best treatment of her patients and the satisfaction that she feels when she is able to effectively help with specific problems. Her future plan is to continue her education and follow further postgraduate studies in her professional field so that she can continue to expand her knowledge.

When not working, Magda spends her spare time with her family and children. She loves travelling, particularly to the Greek islands, and she is a keen skier and water sports enthusiast.

Ruth Kettel

Ruth Kettel

Dispensing Optician

Ruth joined BBR back in 1984 and has been popular with staff and patients ever since. She qualified with FADO MFDO in 1978 and is currently our longest serving member of staff. When not working Ruth is involved in voluntary work with the Samaritans and is often fundraising through a cycle challenge of some sort! In her own words: “I love my time working at BBR, and especially enjoy the patient interactions when choosing new spectacles.”

Nick Black

Nick Black

CEO / Contact Lens and Low Vision Practitioner

Nick is CEO of BBR – a contact lens optician and low vision practitioner. He joined the practice in 2000 and also runs a hospital contact lens clinic.

Nick’s hero is Brendon McCullum (former New Zealand cricketer & captain) because he was an inspirational guy who allowed a team to perform better than the sum of parts, but in a fair respectful way and with a smile.

If he could have dinner with anyone it would be Brain Lahore – coach to the All Blacks for the first world cup. He developed a professional attitude in an amateur era that put New Zealand years ahead of the competition and, you could argue, defined the modern era we see today in terms of win ratio.

As you might have guessed, Nick hails from the beautiful New Zealand.

His favourite BBR product is the Lindberg Air Rim Titanium range as it’s versatile, practical and comfortable.

Alison Edwards

Alison Edwards

Optometrist

Alison graduated from the University of Bradford in May 2014 with BSc (Hons) in Optometry and completed her pre-registration year at home in Ireland. Most recently, Alison has passed an additional qualification in Independent Prescribing.

After fully qualifying as an Optometrist in July 2015, Alison also completed the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Medical Retina and Glaucoma through the University of Ulster.

She moved to Herefordshire and started working at BBR Optometry in June 2017, along with a day a week at Hereford County Hospital’s Eye Department.

In her spare time, Alison is a member of a local netball club. She also enjoys running and going to the gym. During her holidays, she likes to return to Co. Donegal in Ireland to visit family and friends.

Laura Williams

Laura Williams

Optometrist

Laura joined the practice as a full time optometrist in May 2015, after spending time with us on placement in 2013 during her Masters of Optometry training. In 2017 she gained her independent prescribing qualification and she also holds a Professional Certificate in Glaucoma. Laura has interests in myopia control and contact lenses, and she holds the title of British Contact Lens Association Young Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year 2017. When not working, she enjoys gardening, growing her own vegetables and running.

Nicholas Rumney

Nicholas Rumney

Senior Optometrist / Chairman

Professor Rumney is an Optometrist and Owner/Director and he joined BBR in 1991. Prior to this he qualified in 1980 before becoming a Member of the College of Optometrists and becoming GOC registered in 1981. He went on to gain Optometry MSc from the Universtiy of Melbourne in 1986. In 1994 he become a Fellowship College of Optometrists in low vision and ocular disease modules. In 2012 he gained Diploma in Therapeutics and Professional Certificate Medical Retina 2014. In 2016 he was awarded the Philip Cole Research Excellence Award. Nick is well respected world-wide for his contribution to optics and optometry. When not working he enjoys things with wheels and engines; cars and motorcycles. Rugby and cricket are his favourite sports and he often follows the lions touring worldwide.

Suzanne Wadsworth

Suzanne Wadsworth

Optometrist / Director

Suzanne graduated from Cardiff in 1993 with BSc Hons and joined BBR in June 2006. In 2016, she was appointed to the Board as a Director and shareholder. She has a keen interest in paediatric work and has completed courses on Colorimetry and coloured overlays. Suzanne has three children and enjoys spending time on the Malvern Hills with her two dogs whenever possible. She also likes to return to Ireland and Devon for holidays.

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