Mandy Barnes BSc(Hons) MCOptom

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Mandy studied as an optometrist at Cardiff University, graduating in 1987. She then moved here to Arbuthnots to complete her pre registration year with Ted as her supervisor.

She worked at a variety of practices in South Wales before moving to Oxford where she became area manager for a multiple opticians as well as a pre registration supervisor.

Having enjoyed her time at Arbuthnots she returned to work here in 2002 and is now one of the three partner owners of the practice.

Mandy is a member of the British Contact Lens Association and attends their regular conferences keeping up to date with all developments in contact lenses and anterior eye examination. She specialises in Low Vision Assessments and is the practice lead in this field.

James Davies BSc (Hons) MCOptom PGCert Med Ret

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Brought up in Penarth, James spent years playing rugby for local sides Penarth and Old Penarthians as well as football for Cogan. He graduated from Cardiff University in 1999 and embarked on his optometric career working at large multiple opticians becoming senior optometrist at one of the largest South Wales practices.

In 2004, deciding he would prefer the personal approach that an independent optician can offer he joined Arbuthnots and is now a partner in the practice. He enjoys all aspects of optometry and is particularly interested in the early detection of eye disease with latest techniques such as optical coherence tomography.

Away from Arbuthnots James is a member of the Local Optical Committee, and a council member of Optometry Wales which shapes the future of optometry in Wales. He has been a pre-registration supervisor as well as a supervisor at the university student clinics. He has also worked within local hospital eye department glaucoma clinics. He recently returned to academic study at Cardiff University completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Retina. This further qualification provides extra, more specialised knowledge in diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the macular such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinal vascular disorders.

Away from eyes James loves watching rugby, cooking, red wine and a Asian food.

Sharron Hopkins FBDO CL

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Sharron moved to Barry from Shropshire to join the practice as a trainee dispensing optician in the early 1980s. Now a partner in the practice she has a major influence on the day to day running and its development and expansion over the years.

Sharron is the main frame buyer and has built up a great relationship with the reps of all high quality frame manufacturers so they seek us out to stock their latest frame ranges. She also makes regular trips to Milan to source new cutting edge ranges.

Sharron’s relaxed, friendly style means she has a loyal list of clients who value her expert fashion advice! As a dispensing optician with a specialist qualification in contact lenses, and a contact lens wearer herself, she enjoys trying to encourage children into contact lenses.

Sharron has played many sports over the years, mainly squash and golf and always enjoys keeping fit.

Geoff Dean BSc(Hons) FCOptom

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Geoff graduated in Ophthalmic Optics from Manchester University in 1979 and went on to work at a variety of independent practices across South Wales. He became a partner in the Evans, Hailes and Dean making him a recognisable face for our Penarth patients having worked in Penarth and Dinas Powys for many years.

He joined Arbuthnots when we took over the Penarth practice in 2012 and now spends time at both our Penarth and Barry practices. He has experience of working within local hospital contact lens and glaucoma clinics and then brings this knowledge into the community.

He enjoys playing tennis, watching rugby and spending time on the surfing beaches of Gower and Pembrokeshire.

He lives in Cardiff with his wife Karen and two sons, Matthew and William.

Our dispensing team

Katherine is a qualified dispensing optician with extensive experience in both small independent opticians and large multiple chain practices. She’s great at finding your individual visual requirements and suggesting the most suitable lens and frame options.

Sali is our latest addition to our dispensing team. She’s a fully qualified dispensing optician with experience in a range of practice settings and brings with her a wealth of experience of both spectacle dispensing and contact lens practice.

Nia is a trainee dispensing optician and is currently (and very successfully!) working through the ABDO course to be a fully qualified dispensing optician.

All our dispensing team are great at offering fashion advice as glasses are not just functional! They also all have input into our frame buying so we carry a wide range of styles reflecting each of their preferences.

In December 2018 the practice said goodbye to Rod. After many years’ service Rod decided the time had come to retire. We wish him well in his retirement and thank him for all his hard work.

Our reception team

Lesley, Jan, Clodette and Sian are our reception team covering both our practices. These are the voices you will hear on the phone or the staff that will greet you when you visit our practices.

They are fantastic at taking care of our admin and keeping the practices running smoothly.

They have a great relationship with our optometrists and dispensing team and will always point you towards the correct member of staff to deal with your query if they can’t help you themselves.