Alistair Ferdinand is retail director at Specsavers in Saltcoats. Read on to find out more about Alistair and your local opticians.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am married to fellow director and optometrist Jennie, who is also based at the store. I like year-round golf, skiing in the winter, football and cooking.

How did you come to run at Specsavers store? 

When Jennie opened the store in 2003 I was happy working in finance and retail banking. By 2008, the store had grown and we took the decision to work together. Fortunately, I got through the tough recruitment process that Specsavers has for any potential partner – and the rest is history.

Do you wear specs, and if so, what is your favourite style? 

Yes, I’ve worn glasses all my life. My current style is large plastic frames with polarising lenses and a tortoise shell frame for driving, golfing and enjoying the sun.

What does your job at Specsavers involve?

My job involves setting store direction and standards of service, ensuring staff have development opportunities and directing and maintaining the running of the business.

How long have you been with the company?

I’ve been with the company for six years.

What is the best part of your role?

The best part of my role is the freedom and flexibility to create a culture that suits our local community and helping to nurture a feeling of being a strong family-owned business, where customers come first every time.

Does your store do any community work?

We donate prizes for some local charitable organisations and support local football teams. We also get involved in a sponsored walk with our team and their families and raise funds for various charities including Guide Dogs, Royal National Institute for the Blind and various cancer charities.

Any challenges?

There are lots of varied challenges but we always look at the positives and ensure we are better as a result.

How many members of staff do you have working at your store? 


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