LOC Members


Helen Haslett

I am an optometrist working for a boots franchise.

I have been on the LOC as a committee member for a number of years and have a interest in pushing forward to improve communication with the optometric community and the local NHS.


Rob Barnes

Rob Barnes BSc (Hons) MCOptom, FBDO. Clinical Director Specsavers Bournemouth.

34 years in optics 30 years as Dispensing Optician, 15 years as Optometrist.

Worked for D & A for 20 years, independents for over 10 years, the last 3 years with Specsavers.

Originally from London, moved to Dorset 3 years ago.

Jane Bell

Jane has been a member of Dorset LOC since 1990 and was Chair from 1994 to 2012, having lived & practiced in Dorset since 1980. Jane is a self employed optometrist with over 30 years experience in numerous different types of practice including multiple, hospital, health centre, independent optometry owned and dispensing owned practices. She has provided a Community Ophthalmology Service within a Medical Centre since February 2002.
The College of Optometrists Diploma in Therapeutics, Additional Supply, was awarded to Jane in July 2006 & Independent Prescribing in July 2010.
Jane was an examiner for the College of Optometrists from 1997-2006 and has been an AOP councillor since 2006, being elected as a director in 2009. Jane has worked for the LOC Support Unit as an advisor since January 2008. She has Chaired the Wessex Local Eye Health Network since June 2014; this is a strategic role encompassing eye health issues across Hampshire & Dorset.

Jane Fisher

Jane has been in optics for 25 years, starting out as a dispensing optician before qualifying from Cardiff in 1997. Eleven years ago she moved to Dorset with her husband and two daughters. She lives in a very rural part of Dorset – six miles from the nearest shop.
She has worked for multiples, franchises and independents and has a good knowledge of the struggles and the successes in everyday practice.
She would like to represent the rural side of Dorset. She has been a member of the LOC for a few years now and is currently representing the LOC in a hard to reach sub group.

Grace Haine

Grace is a dispensing optician with her own practice in Stalbridge in Dorset. She has worked in optics for over 30 years for both independent and multiple practices.

She has had her practice for just over a year and is very interested in seeing more of a shared care role being developed in areas outside of Bournemouth and Poole, as the outskirts of the county can feel isolated to work in.

Nicholas Hooks


Chris Newall

Chris qualified as on optometrist in 1991 and is currently Director of Specsavers in Bridport, Dorset. Chris has been a member of Dorset LOC since 2006, serving as Chair from 2012 to 2017. He works closely with Dorset CCG and was LOC representative on Dorset Eye Health Network.

Chris has enjoyed varied clinical roles from Hospital optometry, laser refractive surgery and community practice.

He has been a LOCSU Commissioning Lead since 2014 and is a member of Specsavers Professional Leadership Council. He has also completed the WOPEC postgraduate qualification in Leadership skills.

Ian Underwood

Graduating in 1986 from City, Ian completed his pre-reg with Melson Wingate. He worked in all types of practice as a locum until 2000 when he became a partner at Perry Optometrists. In practice Ian has a keen interest in the shared care schemes and also specialises in Colorimetry and reading difficulties. He has been a member of the LOC since 1990 and treasurer since 1993.

Graham Watton

Graham Watton – qualified Dispensing Optician

Qualified from Bradford in 1987. Started working in Yorkshire based in Sheffield. Moved back to Dorset in 1990 working in Bournemouth and Poole.

Senior Manager for Harrold Opticians now practicing in Shaftesbury.