The Dunfermline store has welcomed two new store directors this autumn.
Gillian Stapleton, joins as retail director to drive the commercial side of the business and Sidra Zia joins as ophthalmic director, overseeing the clinical aspect of the business including its optical and audiology services.
Gillian and Sidra have taken the helm following the retirement of former ophthalmic director, Andy Hepburn in September. Grace Hepburn will continue her involvement in the business as a mentor to both Gillian and Sidra but will take a step back from the day-to-day running of the store.
Gillian, born and bred in Fife, has worked in Specsavers Dunfermline for over 20 years, having started her career in 1998 as a lab technician, before progressing through the ranks to become general manager in 2017.
A word from the new directors
Gillian says: ‘This was my first full-time job after college. I’ve grown up with the business and have been part of its development over the years. Becoming retail director has always been my ambition and I’m thrilled to take this next step in my career.
‘My hope is to continue the legacy that Andy and Grace have worked so hard to achieve over the years, continuing to cement our place in the community as providers of high quality eye care and hearing services.’
Sidra Zia brings almost 10 years of optical experience to her new role, having qualified as an optometrist in 2011. Sidra began her career with Specsavers, gained further experience with independents and with a refractive surgery clinic before re-joining Specsavers at the Dunfermline store.
Sidra says: ‘Coming back to Specsavers has been like returning to a professional family. It really is a business that makes you feel at home and happy.
‘I’m looking forward to getting to know both our patients and customers and to looking after their eyes and ears using sector-leading technology. I’m also hoping to work closely with local hospitals to build on existing shared care schemes that deliver the best care and convenience for patients.
‘It’s an exciting time to join Specsavers, which truly values the optical profession and places emphasis on the clinical skills development of its staff. In the Dunfermline store we have multiple optometrists training to become independent prescribers. Internal training and the creation of local jobs for Dunfermline will be a key driver in my new role.’