Two new managers have joined the team at Specsavers in Loughton.

Yin Lee is the new dispensing manager and Atef Ebrhimgeel has started as retail manager at the store.

Yin, 35, has been working for Specsavers for 11 years. She started in 2007 at Specsavers in Loughton, working part time while she studied forensics at the University of East London.

After graduating in 2011, she decided on a career as a dispensing optician and went to City and Islington College for three years to study while working at Specsavers in Ilford.

A great team

Once qualified, the Buckhurst Hill resident began working as a locum before moving back to Specsavers in Loughton to become the dispensing manager. She said: ‘I enjoy every aspect of my job, from the interaction with customers to helping people with any optical issues they may have with their glasses. It’s great to be back in Loughton where my Specsavers journey began – it’s a great team here.’

Dutch-born Atef moved to London from the Netherlands in 2008 to begin studying Product Design at Southbank University. After graduating he worked as an event planner for Barnet and Southgate College before going back to university to study a Masters degree. During his time reading Interior Architecture at Brighton University, he was told about a position at the local Specsavers store.

Interesting industry

Atef said: ‘A family member of mine was working at Specsavers in Brighton and said he thought it was something I might enjoy. I began as an optical assistant before being trained as a dispensing assistant, and found that optics was a really interesting industry to be in.’

After graduation, Atef moved back to London and worked as a lab technician at Specsavers in St. Albans for 18 months before deciding to aim towards a directorship.

He added: ‘I really want to progress my career in optics and Suzy (retail director at Specsavers Loughton) has been through the management and directors process, so she said that she would be able to support me through it. I’m looking forward to my future here at the Loughton store.’

The 27-year-old speaks four languages (English, Dutch, Persian and Hindi) and enjoys going to the gym and playing football in his spare time.

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