Meet the Team


Meet the Team at the helm of TCO. All of our staff are friendly as well as professionals with the right amount of experience and qualifications to care for you and your eyes. If you have any questions before your visit then be sure to get in touch.


Claire and Bob Thomas-Carter.

As our Lead Optometrist, Claire is a natural communicator, with a real interest in both her profession and our patients.

Bob is our Accountant who studied at Cambridge University. He is responsible for the running of the business and the behind the scenes bits and ‘bobs’. 






Claire graduated in Optics in 1991 and completed her professional exams the following year. She completed a postgraduate degree in 1998 and also specialises in Dry Eye Assessment, Visual Stress, Cataract Screening and Independent Prescribing.





Joanne is the Practice Manager and has worked in optics for over 20 years.

Jo joined in 2005 and has been a huge asset to the practice as a Manager and reflects on her counselling background to establish real rapport with our patients.

When she’s not the face at the front of house, She is keeping the TCO bunch in order and making sure everything runs smoothly.



Helen works alongside Claire as one of our in-house Optom’s. She joined us in 2013 and with 20+ years of optical experience behind her she is a huge asset to our team.

She is a cat lover and also a fan of cheese and tennis.

Helen has specialised in Diabetic Retinopathy and Pre/Post Cataract assessments. 





Anna is our lovely Locum Optometrist

Anna is a part time Optometrist here and joined us in 2021. She completed her studies at UMIST in 2007 with a Masters in Optometry.

Her calm and thorough approach can put even the most nervous of patients at ease. 





Alannah has been a part of TCO since 2007, she has been a regular locum over the years . She has flitted away from us and back again around having 2 beautiful daughters, who keep her on her toes.

Her natural Irish charm is irresistible and she is very knowledgeable and we love having her here as part of our awesome Optometry team.




Louise is our Senior Dispensing Optician. She joined the practice in 2011, and she has been qualified since 2008. As an ABDO qualified part of the team she is always adding to her skills with continued learning modules.

She is an eco-enthusiast and a keen gardener with an allotment.

Louise is responsible for the dispensing team and schedules regular dispensing meetings to ensure TCO is the best at what we do.





Amy joined us in July 2012. When Amy finished her teaching Degree in June 2016 she wasn’t ready to leave the TCO family!

So she stayed! and after passing her FdSc exams in Ophthalmic dispensing, she is the other half of our Dispensing team.

As our youngest member she keeps us up to date as our Buyer too, ensuring we have the best of any trending styles and keeps us current with luxury eyewear brands.



We always aim to have a qualified dispenser in practice and some days we have more than one of them here. For frame styling, fitting and spectacle lens needs, you will meet one of our dispensing team members when you visit us.


Anne-Marie joined us in 2017 and has been in the optical industry for many years.

She had her own domiciliary company before joining the TCO family.

She is a fantastic member of our front of house Dream-Team and assists the dispensing team also.

She will be here to help you with a smile as our Optical Assistant.




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