Meet the team

Andy Orkney has been the practice owner and Optometrist since 1990 having qualified in 1984. He has always considered that a patient-centred approach to optometry is essential for a successful practice.

Michele de Vaal joined the practice in 2013 bringing over twenty years experience of working in the optical industry with her. For many years Michele was Programme Director for Ethiopia with the eye care charity, Vision Aid Overseas. VAO operates in developing countries helping to eliminate avoidable blindness in the 670 million people worldwide who simply need a pair of spectacles just to help them see clearly. Since 2000 Michele has worked in India 3 times and in Ethiopia over 25 times!

Barbara Orkney is our company secretary and since retiring from teaching is now working part-time on reception and handling the accounts.

Steve Benson joined us five years ago and brought his experience of working in a high street practice with him. He enjoys the technical aspect of optometry and enjoys restoring and repairing optical frames. Steve's young daughter keeps him busy at home.