OPENING TIMES

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Yorkshire born-and-bred, our team is comprised of highly qualified expert optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants.  Here’s a quick introduction to the people behind the practice: 

Carol Foulds, FBDO (Director / Dispensing Optician)


Robert Foulds, BSc(Hons) MCOptom (Director / Optometrist)


Robert and Carol are the husband and wife duo at the centre of the practice. Having met at school in sixth form, Robert went on to study Optometry at Bradford University, whilst Carol graduated in Audiology before training and qualifying as a dispensing optician.

Robert joined the Donovan Smith practice in 1985 as an optometrist, and later became a partner in the business. Since Donovan retired in 1999, Robert and Carol have run and nurtured the practice, which has grown to employ four optometrists, three dispensing opticians and four optical assistants. Robert also has City and Guilds qualification for Diabetic Eye Screening and has worked for many years on the NHS Local Optical Committee, Yorkshire Optical Committee and at Bradford University teaching contact lens fitting to the undergraduates. Carol is also very ‘hands on’ in the lab, glazing and making spectacles.

 

Richard Sellers, BSc(Hons) MCOptom (Optometrist)

Richard joined the practice in 2005 after completing his Optometry degree at Bradford University and a City and Guilds diploma in Diabetic Eye Screening.  Prior to this he had already completed a degree in Pure Maths and Philosophy at Manchester University, so he’s the big brain of the practice. When he’s not checking eyes at Donovan Smith, he enjoys playing the piano, fitness training and campervan-ing with his dog!


Oliver Sewell, BSc (Hons) MCOptom (Optometrist)

After working at a local opticians on reception whilst still at school, Oliver studied Optometry at Bradford University. Whilst at university he worked as an optical technician learning the art of glazing and repairing spectacles. He holds a City and Guilds diploma for Diabetic Eye Screening and has served both as Secretary and President of the Yorkshire Optical Society.  Once a national dance competitor, he now spends his spare time rock climbing, attending the gym and looking after all the animals his wife brings home!


Pauline Wilson, BSc(Hons)DCLP FCOptom (Optometrist)

Pauline joined the practice in 1999 and is our most experienced optometrist, with specialist DCLP accreditation in contact lens work and a City and Guilds accreditation for Diabetic Eye Screening.  She also studied at Bradford University and has worked in the Huddersfield area ever since, due to her love of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. Pauline also taught contact lens fitting at Bradford University. She has two sons, is an avid Huddersfield Town football fan and enjoys walking the hills with the Huddersfield Ramblers Association.


Helen Jones, FBDO (Dispensing Manager)

Helen qualified from Bradford College in 2006 and has worked for both multiple and independent practices, with a focus on designer frames and advanced lens technology.  We welcomed her to our team in 2012.  Helen is particularly interested in paediatric dispensing and has completed levels 1 and 2 in British Sign Language, which has proved invaluable when hearing impairment issues arise in the practice.


Susan Adamson, FBDO (Dispensing Optician)

Susan qualified as a dispensing optician back in 1980, and went on to manage a small group practice in central Bradford.  After having a family, she worked for a local independent practice before joining Donovan Smith in 2004.  Her many years of expertise ensure that our customers are fitted with the most comfortable frames and lenses possible, from the original dispense, all the way to presenting you with your new spectacles.  She enjoys walking in the Yorkshire Dales, singing and spending time with friends and family.


Andrea Turner (Optical Assistant)

Andrea joined the practice in 2013 having worked for an independent practice in Halifax and Lindley for ten years and taken some time out to have a family.  She now throws herself into all aspects of spectacle dispensing and has enthusiastically learnt to glaze in our lab.  Her hobbies include yoga and music, together with cheering on her two sons playing football.


Helen Jackson (Optical Assistant)

Helen followed her family into the optics industry and has gained lots of experience working for a range of local multiple and independent practices.  Since joining us in 2003, Helen has quickly become our expert in contact lens hygiene and handling tuition and visual field testing, in addition to helping out with dispensing and reception duties.  She’s a keen Halifax Town fan but also enjoys watching her son play football for Northowram Juniors!


Sue Lane (Optical Assistant)

Sue has lived in the Brighouse area for nearly 30 years and is the latest addition to our Optical Assistant team. Prior to joining us she worked as a staff nurse at the Yorkshire Clinic. She has also worked as a Senior Teaching Assistant with HLTA status in a local primary school. She has two lovely children and enjoys spending time with the family, theatre trips, photography and a spot of gardening.


Jane Senior (Reception Manager)

Jane joined us in 2013 after working at another independent practice for over twenty years.  She now handles all the NHS contractual and administrative tasks and ensures everyone is greeted with a smile and a friendly welcome.  When not at the practice, she likes to spend time with her husband, two daughters and son plus walking in the Luddenden Valley.


Molly Foulds (Student Optometrist)

Following in her father’s footsteps, Molly can often be found working at our practice during her university holidays.  She’s particularly interested in the latest optical technology so often conducts both OCT and Optomap Daytona procedures for our optometrists in our imaging suite.  One day she may even do your full eye examination!