An optometrist whose teenage work experience sparked a life-long passion for eye care has been appointed as the new store director of Specsavers in Maesteg.

New director of store

Simon Morris, 33, was just 16 when he completed a work experience stint at a Cardiff opticians. He enjoyed it so much that, 17 years and a degree in optometry later, he is now overseeing the provision of optical and hearing services at the Talbot Street store.

Mr Morris, whose wife Amy is also a full-time optometrist at the opticians, replaces former store director, Nick King, who stepped down in October 2016.

‘I’m thrilled to be at the helm of my very own Specsavers store and hope to build a reputation, together with my wife, of a professional, family-run opticians that genuinely cares for the community’s eye health,’ said Mr Morris.

Mr King said: 'After a successful 10 years, I decided to step down from my directorship in Maesteg to concentrate on Specsavers in Port Talbot, and am glad to hand over the reins to Simon and Amy.'

‘Make customers feel welcomed’

Mr Morris has wasted no time in getting started with his promise. When he discovered one patient from Coychurch had limited mobility and was on crutches, he drove to their home to hand deliver their new spectacles.

‘Amy and I’s ambition is to create a great place to work that not only makes customers feel comfortable and supported, but also encourages staff development,’ Mr Morris said. ‘I want to ensure everyone who works with us feels able to achieve their ambitions.’

The store is also a Wales Eye Care Services (WECS) accredited practice; a Welsh Government initiative which aims to reduce unnecessary visits to hospital and to enable people in Wales to access high-quality care on their doorstep.

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