Optometry Wales hosts first awards ceremony
A gala dinner was held to recognise the winners and finalists in eight categories
03 December 2023
Optometry Wales held its first awards ceremony last week (25 November), celebrating the workforce in Wales with a gala dinner at Portland House in Cardiff.
Optometry Wales invited members to nominate a colleague or fellow professional to be entered into one of eight award categories.
The awards evening celebrated the winners and finalists, with 174 guests attending and £735 raised for charity.
Optometrist Lorcan Butler, optical engagement manager at The Brain Tumour Charity, hosted the evening, and Optometry Wales chairman, Craig Mackenzie, presented the awards.
Optometry Wales shared in a statement: “A good night was had by all celebrating the wonderful workforce we have in Wales.”
The award for Optometrist of the Year went to Helen Tilley, owner and director of Monnow Eyecare, while the Hakim Group independent practice received the accolade for Practice of the Year (pictured above).
Tilley is an independent prescriber with additional qualifications in glaucoma and therapeutics, balancing clinical responsibilities and business management, and is also passionate about providing emergency eye care.
Commenting on the awards, Tilley said: “I am truly honoured to receive the Practice of the Year and Optometrist of the Year award, and this success is a testament to the dedication of our incredible team. Monnow Eyecare wouldn’t be what it is without their buy-in and commitment. We share in this achievement together, and I am immensely proud of each team member.”
Runners up for the Optometrist of the Year award were Joseph Partridge, of Jonathan Partridge Optometrists, Wayne Allen Jones, of Specsavers Haverfordwest, and Marc Drake of Osmond Drake Opticians.
Osmond Drake Opticians and Gower Opticians were also recognised as runners up for the Practice of the Year title.
The award for Practice Manager of the Year was presented to Sara Mozaffar, at Annette Dobbs Eyecare, and Ian Chalmers of Chalmers Opticians took home the accolade of Dispensing Optician/Contact Lens Optician of the Year.
Rebecca Goldsworthy of Specsavers Bridgend was awarded Best Newcomer of the Year, Kimberley Waters at Specsavers Newport was celebrated as Pre-Registration Optometrist of the Year, and Elinor Hobby of Osmond Drake Opticians was named Innovator of the Year.
The title of Green Practice of the Year went to Jonathan Partridge Opticians.
Optometry Wales Awards 2023
Practice of the Year
Winner: Monnow Eyecare
- Osmond Drake Opticians
- Gower Opticians.
Optometrist of the Year
Winner: Helen Tilley, Monnow Eyecare
- Joseph Partridge, Jonathan Partridge Optometrists
- Wayne Allen Jones, Specsavers Haverfordwest
- Marc Drake, Osmond Drake Opticians.
Practice Manager of the Year
Winner: Sara Mozaffar, Annette Dobbs Eyecare
- Julie Evans, Judith Roberts Opticians
- Karen Levis, A&A Steven Opticians.
Dispensing Optician/Contact Lens Optician of the Year
Winner: Ian Chalmer, Chalmers Opticians
- Lisa Priestman, Specsavers Ammanford
- Jade Summerfield, Boots Opticians Llandudno.
Best Newcomer of the Year
Winner: Rebecca Goldsworthy, Specsavers Bridgend
- Francesca Oak, Gower Opticians
- Hannah Jones, Osmond Drake Opticians.
Pre-registration Optometrist of the Year
Winner: Kimberley Waters, Specsavers Newport
- Emily Couling, Specsavers Pembroke Dock
- Caroline Mansfield, Specsavers Haverfordwest.
Innovator of the Year
Winner: Elinor Hobby, Osmond Drake Opticians
- Francesca Blackmore, Pearce & Blackmore Opticians
- Kim James, Optimise Opticians Newport.
Green Practice of the Year
Winner: Jonathan Partridge Opticians
- Pearce & Blackmore Opticians
- Probert & Williams Eye Care.