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Winners revealed

The winners of the AOP Awards 2017 were announced in front of more than 250 guests at a special black tie gala ceremony on 5 February

15 Feb 2017 by Emily McCormick, Laurence Derbyshire

Newly-qualifed Optometrist of the Year – Dilesh Makwana

“It’s an amazing feeling to win this award. It’s recognition, not just for me, but for those I work with and my family – everything that I have put in has finally paid off.”

Newly Qualified Optometrist of the Year, Dilesh Makwana

Optometrist of the Year – Prabhjit Boparai

“I am shocked and elated – I did not think that I was going to achieve this. Thank you to everyone who voted, it’s been really heart rendering.”

Prabhjit Boparai

Dispensing Optician of the Year – Sophie Johnson

“It feels amazing, I’m over the moon – thank you so much to everyone who voted for me, it means a lot.”

Sophie Johnson

Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year – Suresh Munyal

Since I was a pre-registration optometrist my passion has always been contact lenses. I’ve always enjoyed contact lenses and for me it’s not like going to work. It’s just a pleasure and to be recognised for doing my job is wonderful.”

Contact Lens Practitioner of the year, Suresh Patel

Optical Assistant of the Year – Lisa Skelton

To win this award means everything. I started eight years ago with no optical knowledge, so to be here with this award is amazing.”

Optical Assistant of the Year, Lisa Skelton

Student of the Year – Niraj Shah

“To be recognised is amazing, I have no words. It shows that all the hardwork to get to where I am has been recognised, so I am beyond anything right now, it’s amazing.”

Student of the Year, Niraj Shah

Marketing Initiative of the Year – Davies & Jones Optometrists, Rugby is a contact lens sport

“I’m shocked and stunned, especially considering the quality of the other shortlisted nominees. It’s just fantastic, absolutely great.”

Marketing Initative of the Year

Practice of the Year – Taank Optometrists

It’s indescribable and such an amazing honour to win, we are over the moon.

“We strive to do our best and we have had to work hard to differentiate ourselves, and hopefully that has paid off.”

Practice of the Year, Tank Optometrists

Young Practice of the Year – Lunettes Opticians

The whole practice team has worked really hard and it’s nice to have that recognition and the hard work they have put in has been rewards.”

Young Practice of the Year, Lunettes Opticians

Charity of the Year – See Belfast

We are a young charity and have had so much support from people in the profession, from volunteers and from people in the homeless community and it’s great that it recognises them too.”

Charity of the Year, See Belfast

Product of the Year – Dailies Total1 Multifocal from Alcon

We were privileged to be shortlisted, but to come up and win the prize, it makes all of the hardwork worthwhile. We have always felt that we have a product that delivers, and this award demonstrates that it’s not just delivering for us, it’s delivering for practices and patients as well.”

Product of the Year, Alcon

Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Chappell

“It’s always nice when someone says thank you, especially when it comes from within your profession. When I look back at all of the things that we, the people I have worked with, have achieved, the changes we have made and the ways that we have managed to move the profession forward, it really has been a great experience.”

Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Chappell

Watch the reactions of this year's AOP Awards winners as they learn they have won below. 


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