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.

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.

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.



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







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.



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

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 managing our lovely range of frames.





Gemma joined us in July 2013 as a freshy qualified Dispensing Optician.

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





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 passing her FdSc exams in Ophthalmic dispensing, she is a valued part of the Dispensing team.



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 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 also.

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



Anna is our Locum Optometrist

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

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



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