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.
Vice Chair: Bryony Allen
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.
Honorary Treasurer: Denise Connor
My 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.
Honorary Secretary: Vacant
This post remains open as Hampshire LOC retains the services of a Business Manager (Ian Silk)
This role was 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 PES . This role does not replace the responsibilities of the CGPL employed by the PES 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
Following 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.
Dr Rebecca Rushton
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2005 and I’ve been a locum optometrist since 2012. I have a broad range of experience working in multiple and independent practices, as well as private cataract and refractive surgery clinics. My work has taken me all over the country and all over the county, including a significant amount of time on the Isle of Wight. This gives me a unique perspective on the challenges that optical professionals and patients face in different settings.
I attained my doctorate in 2015 from Aston University and I love learning new things. I am looking forward to working within the LOC to improve my own knowledge, as well as helping to strengthen bonds between primary and secondary care and provide patients in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the smoothest, most efficient experience of optics and ophthalmology possible.
I 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.
In 2021 I handed over the role of Treasurer.
My name is Helena Jenkins-Hewes. I completed my undergraduate studies in Cardiff in 2010 and I currently work as an Optometrist for Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care as part of our Pulse team working for several of our practices across Hampshire.
I have over the last year been attending committee meetings and am pleased to have joined as a committee member. I look forward to continued learning from the experience of the current members with the aim of strengthening the profession and supporting the optical performers across Hampshire.
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2016. Initially I worked in a multiple setting, but in the last year moved to the independent sector, where I now work for Rawlings Opticians.
I hope that by joining the committee I can represent and support my peers across the county to deliver eye care in the most efficient and effective way for both practitioner and patient.
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.
I qualified as an Optometrist in 2007 and have continued to work at the same independent practice (Arnold’s Opticians) ever since. In 2020, I became the practice’s clinical and communication manager. This has given me the opportunity to expand my role outside of my clinic time.
I am excited to be involved with Hampshire LOC. I am keen to help work towards Optometry as a profession becoming more recognised for the important work we do for our patients.
Outside of the world of optics, I have two crazy little boys who keep me on my toes and love to escape to my garden.