Meet the team at your brand new Leigh-on-sea Specsavers store, which is conveniently located on 32 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea.

The team will be on hand to deliver a high-quality and personal eyecare service alongside store directors Nikhil Nathwani and John Staunton.

Jo Huxley

Jo, 30, works as a contact lens supervisor and has been part of the Specsavers team for the past 10 years. She is originally from Rochford but moved to Southend 5 years ago. Her favourite thing about her role is supporting patients who are new to using contact lenses and watching their confidence grow with the new-found happiness that contact lenses can bring.

In her spare time Jo loves travelling – especially to Florida where she has visited Disneyland 15 times!

Shafali Verma

Shafali, 38, is the optical advisor in store. She was born in Southwark, London but moved to Essex when she got married. She loves interacting with customers, finding out how she can help them, and prides herself on always delivering an excellent customer service. She’s very driven with the ambition to one day move up to management level.

When she’s not working Shafali likes to spend time with friends and family and travel to new places.

Anthony Van Mellaerts

Anthony, 28, is an optical advisor and has worked in Optometry for the past 4 years. His ambition is to become a dispensing optician. Anthony was born in Basildon, grew up in Benfleet and now resides back in Basildon. The most enjoyable part of his job is seeing the look on a child's face when they get their very first glasses and can see properly for the first time.

In his spare time Anthony enjoys watching action movies, reading books and listening to rock music.

Kay Roche

Kay, 51, is the optical dispensing assistant and has worked in optics for the past 15 years. She was born in Dagenham but has lived in Leigh-on-Sea for the last 23 years with her husband and two children. Kay chose to work in optometry because she enjoys meeting people of all different ages, and likes the challenge of every day being different.

When she’s not at work Kay enjoys Pilates and playing badminton.

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