Committee Officers

Chair: Sean Matthews

 Sean MatthewsI completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester, and my pre-registration year at Specsavers in Hove. Since moving to Hampshire in 2015 I have worked at Leightons in Chandlers Ford and have recently moved to Specsavers in Lymington.

I have attended LOC meetings during my time here, and have recently become a committee member and was elected Chair of the committee in 2019.

I look forward to contributing to the committee’s work over the next few years, and representing local optometrists and dispensing opticians.




Vice Chair: Anne Gill


I am a Dispensing Optician with over 40 years experience. After working for the multiples for many years I opened my own independent practice in Portsmouth in January 2013.

I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges running your own business presents.  I joined the LOC in 2013 as I feel I can bring a different perspective to the committee and I hope my presence there will encourage more DO’s to consider attending our local LOC meetings.








Honorary Treasurer: William Vance 

BV2I have been an Optometrist for over 30 years. Since July 1991, I have been a Joint Venture Partner with Specsavers Opticians, and I now work in Havant and in Waterlooville.

I was a founding member of Specsavers Professional Advancement Committee and was on the training board for several years.

I have served actively on the LOC for over 15 years and have been interested in Clinical Governance. The future holds change for all who work with CCG’s and that brings both threat and opportunity. I see the next few years as an exciting time for Community Optometry.





Honorary Secretary:

This post remains open as Hampshire LOC retains the services of a Business Manager (Ian Silk)


Clinical Lead: Anthea Reid 

BSc MCOptom, MSc, DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glauc High Cert Glaucoma
After graduating from Cardiff University Anthea undertook further training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and continued to be employed in hospital eye departments (Warrington, Bournemouth & Southampton) until 2019 in conjunction with community optometry practice.

Anthea joined Leightons Southampton in 2014. She is also a Clinical Supervisor at Portsmouth University.

Outside work, Anthea enjoys travel and walking and also coordinates a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme Open Centre.

This is a new role created in light of the growing requirements to act as an intermediary for clinical queries and observations resulting from increased activity with CCGS and  the PEC . This role does not replace the responsibilities of the CGPL employed by the PEC and is aimed at queries and concerns raised around referral processes and NHS GOS. The post holder may be asked to support LOC discussions with CCGs and other commissioners regarding new additional services contracts.


Business Manager: Ian Silk

Ian2Following thirteen years managing the Probity team at the HIOW PPSA and responsible for visiting NHS GOS contractors and conducting PPV visits together with my background in administration and service development led me to take up the role of Business Manager to Hampshire LOC in December 2014.

I support the LOC with all its functions from CET to management committee meetings. I also liaise with Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England, Hospital Eye Services (HES), Primary Care Support England (Capita), LOC Support Unit (LOCSU) , Primary Eyecare Services Ltd & other stakeholders. Attend meetings where necessary as LOC representative, together with committee members.




Committee Members

Roisin Carruthers

RoisinI’m Roisin Carruthers, a long standing LOC member representing the  North Hants area where I live and work in High street practice ,Frimley Park Hospital and as an assessor for both WOPEC and the College of OptometristsI’m currently engaged in getting as many Hampshire Optometrists as possible accredited to perform extended services so that the CCG’s can commission these with confidence.








David McCluskey

I am a recently qualified optometrist who is originally from Northern Ireland but studied at Cardiff, I moved to sunny Hampshire over two years ago and haven’t looked back since. Primarily, I work at Cameron-Davies Opticians but also work within a general Ophthalmology clinic at QA hospital which allows me experience a wide range of different eye conditions. I’m currently studying to become an Independent Prescriber in my spare time.

I’ve recently joined the committee and am trying to learn as much as I can from the experienced members around me and add my thoughts when possible.


Gina Graham


Denise Connor

denise pic2My first taste of the optical business was 27 years ago as a teenager working for Specsavers. After a career in scientific/medical journal publishing, I was drawn back to the profession with the desire to provide professional and ethical eyecare for all.

I have been a fully qualified Optometrist since 2007 and working for Boots Opticians in Hampshire since 2011. I have worked in both high street and domiciliary practice and have recently been appointed to the GOC Fitness to Practice Hearings Panel.

I look forward to working in the LOC to secure the best clinical opportunities for Optometrists, DOs and CLOs in Hampshire.






Adam Knizat


 Vacancies – 3 Contractor Representatives (If you are interested in joining the committee please email the Business Manager ).


Co-opted Members

 Steve Rowley

I am an Optometrist with 35 years experience in independent private practice. I am currently a partner in an independent optometry group with four practices on the Isle of Wight.

I have previously been on the Professional Executive Committee of the Island PCT until December 2006 and the LOC for the last twelve years plus.

I have worked in a Diabetic Screening Program within the hospital environment and in private practice and I believe that Optometry should be the natural provider of community eyecare provision.



Bryony Allen

Bryony Allen small

Bryony studied Optometry at Cardiff University and graduated in 2007.

Bryony is passionate about learning and development, winning a scholarship via the College of Optometrists in order to complete an ESME in 2018. This truly cemented her desire to work within a more education/support based role. In 2018 Bryony moved into a Professional Services role and is now Professional Services Manager for Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care. Bryony is focused on current clinical and business challenges facing optometrists, promoting clinical excellence and planning the future of optometry.



Masooma Kassam


After graduating from the University of Manchester, in 2017, I moved to Sunny Hampshire for my pre-reg year. I completed the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration in 2018, and have since been practicing as an Optometrist in the community.

Community Optometry is at an exciting phase, with many changes on the horizon. I have recently joined the Hampshire LOC, and look forward to contributing to the committee’s work over the next few years.

What’s New?

Tue 15 October 19 | Free 6 Interactive point CET/CPD Seeing Beyond the Eyes Workshop - new dates announced
Seeing Beyond The Eyes free 6 Interactive point workshops are coming to Bristol, London, Croydon, Harrogate, Sheffield and Gloucester very soon, so if you haven't attended yet you can book here.

Tue 15 October 19 | Poor eyesight and hearing loss costs billions!

Source: UKNEHS

UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues

A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs. Read more......

Wed 02 October 19 | CET Event Basingstoke 23 October 2019

Hosted and Sponsored by Sight And Sound Technology "Technology Solutions In Practice"

 3 Interative CET Points What’s it about?: This is an introduction to the technological solutions available to blind and low vision patients. The C-71897 Competencies are covered in this course Professionals that CET is available to are listed below, but we welcome anyone who is a member of Hampshire LOC to this event to broaden their knowledge of blind and low vision solutions
  • Dispensing optician: Low Vision, Communication, Standards of Practice, Ocular Abnormalities, Optical Appliances
  • Optometrist: Optical Appliances, Communication, Standards of Practice, Ocular Disease
Sight and Sound Technology are the UK's leading provider of solutions to the blind, partially sighted and those with learning and reading difficulties. By working alongside private individuals, charitable organisations, educational establishments and commercial enterprises we help our users unleash their full potential. Venue for the CET  Evening Event 23 October 2019 Apollo Hotel, Aldermaston Roundabout, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9NU Timings for the evenings: 18:15 - 19:00      Registration and networking/sandwiches 19:00 -  20:45      CET together with Q&A 20:45 - 21:00      Feedback and Close _______________________________________________________________________ Reply Slip Please reply by email to no later than  Monday 14 October for the Basingstoke event on 23 October 2019  If you are replying by post please send to the following address by the respective due dates: Hampshire LOC Business Manager,c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury Wiltshire SP4 8ND. Please provide the following information to book your place. I would like to attend the Basingstoke CET event on 23 October 2019. Name: ………………………………GOC no ………………........      Practice:………………… Practice Address:……………………………………………………………………………………. Email address for confirmation of place: ………………………………………………………….. Special Dietary Requirements?........................................................................  

Upcoming Events

October 2019

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  • CET Event Basingstoke 23 October 2019 Hosted and Sponsored by Sight And Sound Technology "Technology Solutions In Practice" 3 Interative CET Points

Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8ND