If you’d asked Adela Garcia what she would be doing 15 years ago she doubts she’d have guessed that the answer would be running Specsavers in Didcot, helping to look after the eye care needs of thousands of local customers.
Originally from Spain and a former English teacher, Adela moved to Oxford in 2002 to help improve her language skills. A move to Didcot shortly after, with her then boyfriend and now husband introduced her to Specsavers - where she took up a role as an optical assistant in the newly opened store at 17 Orchard Close.
After just one-year Adela enrolled in a dispensing optician course, completing her diploma qualification in three years, under the support of her store directors, Rukhsana Bi and Michael Nixon. She then went on to mentor other members of the team completing their studies before being promoted to store manager in 2014.
‘I was responsible for the day-to-day running of the store, which meant dealing with all sorts of new challenges,’ commented Adela. ‘I joined the Institute of Leadership and Management and completed two of their courses to help support me in this area.’
In 2016 Adela started on Specsavers Pathway course - a development programme that trains prospective Joint Venture Partners (JVPs). And, after completing the course, was invited to become a director at the store in Didcot.
‘I have always grasped any opportunity to develop myself and my team, so to become a director of the business really was the icing on the cake - I was incredibly honoured,’ added Adela.
‘My journey really demonstrates the commitment to development from both my leaders and from Specsavers as a whole. We have a fantastic team here at Specsavers Didcot, many of whom have been with us for a long time and I’m proud to be one of them.’