Unhar Gupta is ophthalmic director at Specsavers Harrow, in Station Road, and Specsavers Wealdstone, in Wealdstone High Street.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I have been a store director with Specsavers in Harrow for 24 years now, which means I have been a qualified optometrist for longer than I like to remember. We opened a new store in Wealdstone recently, and things are going really well so far.
Away from work, I am married with two children. I enjoy travelling, cycling and spin classes – and have recently started adult swimming classes. My ambition for 2018 is to finally learn to swim.
Do you wear glasses yourself?
Yes, I do, and have done since I was about 14. I remember that my first pair were the old NHS frames which were not very trendy.
Children are very lucky today that they have some fabulous styles to choose from in store.
How did you come to run a Specsavers store?
After I qualified as an optometrist, I worked for a small independent group in London – but soon realised that I wanted to run my own business.
I had a fairly informal interview with Doug Perkins (one of the founders of the business) and was so impressed by the vision of the company that I decided to join Specsavers – and have not looked back since.
What does your role involve?
My day is really varied. As the ophthalmic and clinical director for Specsavers Harrow and Specsavers Wealdstone I am responsible for a team of 10 optometrists in total.
I work between the two stores, making sure that clinics run smoothly and that we deliver consistent and high quality professional care to our patients.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I love working with people – both store colleagues and patients
I really enjoy the days when I am sight testing myself, as I love helping customers see as well as they possibly can – whether that be through new glasses or contact lenses.
What is the biggest challenge?
Time. Without a doubt. But I feel very lucky to love what I do, and to have been able to do it for nearly a quarter of a century.