Specsavers opticians on Church Street in Croydon has been dedicated to delivering quality optical care in the community for 25 years. Now, team members Wendy Kingsford, Michelle Patricia Walter and Ansuri Mani have shared details of their 25 years of collective eyecare expertise.
Meet store manager, Wendy
56-year-old store manager, Wendy has been with Specsavers for 17 years and now helps leads a team of 22 optical professionals at the Church Street store, under the direction of store director Mark Holroyd, Clarke Longwell and Bill Pennell.
Born in Northumberland, grandmother-of-four, Wendy previously worked as a book keeper before moving into optometry and to Specsavers, where she had held down a part-time role in the past.
Wendy, who enjoys swimming and walking in her free time, said: ‘What’s special about working for Specsavers for me is that there is such variety in a day’s work. What’s more, in optometry your always learning and moving with technology, which keeps you challenged and energised.’
Meet dispensing assistant Michelle
22-year-old dispensing assistant, Michelle is the newest member of the Church Street team, joining six months ago.
From Kingston-upon-Thames, Michelle moved into optometry from customer service. Michelle said: ‘For me, the highlight of my role is helping customers who come through the door. It gives me great satisfaction to know at the end of the day I’ve made a difference to people’s lives.’
Michelle is also a keen drummer and gamer in her free time.
Meet office administrator, Ansuri
34-year-old office administrator, Ansuri has been part of the Specsavers team in Church Street for eight years.
A former lecturer in computer studies from South Africa, Ansuri first visited the UK on a holiday and enjoyed it so much she decided to settle here.
Ansuri, who also speaks Afrikaans, said: ‘I enjoy all aspects of my role with Specsavers, but I would say the highlight for me is working to support the NHS service in store – I find it very fulfilling.'