The new director at Melton Specsavers is a local man who started his career at the Sherrard Street store as a student, eight years ago.

Student placement
Dilraj Gumber started working in the store on a summer placement while he was still at university in Birmingham back in 2011. After completing his degree from Aston University in 2012, he rejoined the team as a pre-registration optometrist, at the same time studying for his master's degree in optometry.

Award success
Two years later, in 2014, Dilraj started on Specsavers’ Pathway course; a development programme that trains prospective Joint Venture Partners (JVPs). Following his success on the programme, he reached the final stages of national competition, the Optician Awards 2018, in the Leader of the Future category. The nomination highlighted his work supporting the team at the store and his dedication to delivering first-rate customer service.

‘We were thrilled with Dilraj’s success in the Optician Awards,’ said fellow store director, Marshall Bradley. ‘It was a real testament to his dedication and passion for optometry.’

Director opportunity
Since then, Dilraj has been back to university again, this time he’s completing a qualification in independent prescribing and earlier this year, he was invited to become a director optometrist at the store in Melton Mowbray, alongside his mentor, Marshall.

‘It’s a dream come true to be invited to lead the store as a director,’ said Dilraj. ‘I have always grasped any opportunity to develop myself and my team, but this honour isn’t just about me. It’s thanks to the commitment to development, from my leaders and from Specsavers as a whole, that these opportunities exist for people.

‘We have a fantastic team here at Specsavers Melton Mowbray, many of whom have been with us for a long time and I’m proud to be one of them.’

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