2017 marks an important milestone for ophthalmic director, Shilpan Shah. It's his ten year anniversary with the business. To celebrate his commitment to Specsavers and to share a bit of insight into his passions and career history, we welcome you to 'Meet the Director' with our short Q&A.
Firstly, where are you from and what's your professional background?
I was born in Tooting, South London and then my family moved up to Loughborough when I was three years old. I have travelled around, with stints in Cambridge and Southampton but have settled in Winchester with my family.
With regards to my career, I went to Anglia Ruskin University where I achieved two degrees - one in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Mathematics and the other, in Optometry. Naturally, this put me onto my career path in Optometry.
How long have you been with Specsavers?
I joined the Specsavers business in 2007 following five years in the industry after graduating from university. Being part of the Specsavers team - globally, nationally and locally here in Petersfield - is an honour and something I am very proud of. I look forward to the next 10 years with my colleagues.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Sight is an amazing thing, and possibly one of the most precious of our five senses. To play a part in protecting and enhancing people's vision gives me great job satisfaction every day of the week. Our eyes tell us lots of things, and customers are always in awe of what an eye examination can reveal. Educating customers about eye vision is something I really enjoy and providing a service that makes a difference to their lifestyles is the reason why I started this profession in the first place.
Outside of work, what are you up to?
I suppose you could say I am a typical man, enjoying my sports! I enjoy playing cricket, football, golf or badminton - and watching it from the comfort of my sofa on the telly too. Life is busy outside of work as I am also a family man with four young children. Nothing really beats watching them evolve and grow each day, developing their own mini personalities.