Meet the Team



Bob and Claire Thomas-Carter took over an established eye care practice on Station Road, Urmston in 2007. 



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

Claire graduated in Optics in 1991 and completed her professional exams the following year. She completed a postgraduate degree in 1998 and also continued to develop her skills by specialising in Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry Eye Assessment, Visual Stress, Cataract Screening and Independent Prescribing. #TeamOptom




Bob is our Accountant who studied at Cambridge University.

He is responsible for the running of the business and bits and ‘bobs’ of behind-the-scene parts of what makes Thomas Carter Opticians work.





Joanne is the Practice Manager and has worked in optics for over 15 years.

Jo joined in 2005 and has been a huge asset to the practice as she is a natural communicator and reflects on her counselling background to establish a firm 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.


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Helen works alongside Claire on #TeamOptometrist. She joined us in 2013.

Helen and Gemma are our Domiciliary, Home-Visit squad who can visit you if can’t come in to us.

With 20+ years of optical experience behind her she is a huge asset to our team. Helen is specialised in Diabetic Retinopathy and Pre/Post Cataract assessments. 




Louise is our Senior Dispensing Optician. She joined the practice in 2011, and she has been qualified since 2008.

Louise is responsible for the dispensing team and choosing our lovely range of frames.





Gemma joined us in July 2013 and is another qualified Dispensing Optician.

She is a chatterbox with a passion for patient care and manages our social media.

Gemma also is part of our Home-Visit squad, along with Helen.




Amy joined us in July 2012. When Amy finished her Teaching Degree in June 2016 she didn’t want to leave the TCO family!

So she stayed and after attending Bradford college for 3 years and passing her FdSc in Ophthalmic dispensing she is part of the Dispensing team.

She is a great asset to our Team and a powerhouse of fashion and style knowledge.


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 either of our D.O’s when you visit us.

Anne-Marie joined us in 2017 and has been in the optical industry for a 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 at times.

She will be here to help you with a smile as one of our Optical Assistants.




Vicki has worked as a Locum Optometrist at TCO for many years.

She also works at Stepping Hill children’s clinic






Kevin is a Locum Optometrist who works at the Eye Hospital.

He has a new position there so will work with us on a less regular basis but has not entirely left us.

He is a PHD Optometrist with many years of experience as well as being qualified in additional fields. He has helped develop and establish the studies of Optometry in Singapore.


Alannah is another member of our Locum Optometry team.

Alannah is a part time Optometrist here but she has been with us for many years.

Her Irish charm and glowing smile always make you feel at home. #TeamOptometrist