After opening just eight months ago, Specsavers Welshpool has appointed a second director and more than doubled its staff headcount.

Decades of experience

Qualified optometrist Lowri Evans, 35, joins director, David Dunlop - also the director of Newtown Specsavers – as part of the store’s senior management team, bringing with her almost two decades of optical experience, having worked at a number of high street opticians before joining Specsavers in 2005.

Ms Evans has now taken the directorship of the store after completing Pathway – Specsavers’ recruitment programme that tests and trains individuals to see if they have the necessary skills to become a store partner.

The store, located in Mill Lane Retail Park, has also employed five new members of staff, including an optometrist and a contact lens fitter, expanding the team to 10.

Commenting on her career to date, Ms Evans says: ‘I’ve worked at other opticians over the years but none have been as passionate and dedicated about eye health as Specsavers. The business invests heavily in its employees and encourages them to excel in their career, which has inspired me to want to continue developing my skills. I was fully supported throughout, both financially and emotionally, which allowed me to go back to university in Bradford and get my pre-reg qualification.’

In 2012, new career opportunities meant Ms Evans made the move to Specsavers Newtown where she met David Dunlop, who later approached her about the opportunity to become a second director at the Welshpool store.

‘A rewarding career’

She adds: ‘Since opening in January, the Welshpool store has employed five members of the local community who are already excelling in their roles. I feel very fortunate to have been mentored by colleagues, such as David, during my career and I’m now really passionate about passing on the same level of support to my team.

‘When I first started to work in optics, I didn’t realise what a rewarding career the sector could give me, and I’m looking forward to working with David to continue developing our fantastic team.’

David Dunlop, director at Specsavers Welshpool, says: ‘Lowri is such an asset to our team. Her energy and strong work ethic really motivates everyone and it is clear how passionate she is about not only providing an excellent standard of customer service and clinical care but also developing her team.

‘I’d like to congratulate Lowri on completing the Pathway programme and her appointment to co-director of the store.’

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