Ross Jennings has risen through the ranks at Specsavers since first taking up a work experience placement in 1995 at the age of 16.
Now a dispensing director at Specsavers in Morpeth and Stockton-on-Tees, and chair of Specsavers stores in the region, he has proved himself to be a rising star of the world of optometry.
Rise to success
36-year-old Ross is a Sunderland native and long-time glasses wearer. His career began two decades ago when he was taken on as a part-time member of the team at Specsavers in 1995.
Realising he had discovered his calling, he went on to study at the University of Bradford and is today a qualified dispensing optician. He took up his directorship in 2008 and assumed his role as chairperson in 2015.
A word from Ross
Ross said: ‘For me, the best part of the job is knowing you are making a difference in people’s lives. Helping to give the gift of sight with the correct pair of glasses, providing guidance and support to first-time contact lens wearers, or even helping someone look and feel good through their specs choice, is hugely rewarding and all in a day’s work.
‘Now, as director of two stores in the region, I’m also tasked with representing my fellow eyecare professionals, which is another great honour.
‘Specsavers has fully supported my professional developement over the years, from my first work experience placement to my appointment as chairperson for the North East. I, too, now have a responsibility to help support the next generation of eyecare professionals. It’s an important goal of mine in 2016 and beyond, and sharing my story with other aspiring opticians is one small part of that.’
Did you know?
In his own time Ross likes to stay active with five-a-side football. Not only does he play football twice a week, he is a fan of Sunderland A.F.C, and a regular attender at the Stadium of Light.