OPTOMETRISTS & DISPENSING OPTICIANS

Our Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians are all professionally qualified. They all undertake a rigorous continuing educations programme ensuring that we provide a service that is based on best practice from around the world.

MARC DRAKE

  • Graduate of Manchester University
  • Member of College of Optometrists
  • BCLA
  • EHEW accredited
  • SEWROC
  • GOC registered
Marc qualified from Manchester in optometry in 1991 and followed his father and grandfather into Osmond Drake in 1995.

As lead optometrist Marc is responsible for all aspects of optometry at Osmond Drake Opticians. He specialises in contact lenses and enjoys improving diagnostic techniques at the practice.

Outside work Marc is the proud father of two boys and spends most of his time with his family. He also enjoys a variety of sports including sailing, tennis and paddle boarding.

ALISON DRAKE

  • Graduate of City & University, London as a Dispensing Optician
  • Member of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians
  • GOC Registered

After qualifying in 1992 Alison met Marc while they were both working in their first optical positions in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Originally from Suffolk, Alison moved with Marc to Penarth before joining the Osmond Drake practice in 1997.
Alison is now a partner in the business, managing the practice alongside her role as a Dispensing Optician.

Outside work Alison enjoys spending time with the family, particularly in West Wales.

ELINOR HOBBY

  • Graduate of Cardiff University
  • Member of the College of Optometrists
  • EHEW accredited
  • GOC registered
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists

Elinor qualified from Cardiff University in 2012 and carried out her pre-registration in Bridgend. Elinor has a keen interest in Contact Lenses.

Outside of work Elinor enjoys reading, socialising with friends and baking.

MATTHEW BAREFOOT

  • Graduate of Godmersham College, Kent as a Dispensing Optician
  • Member of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians
  • GOC Registered

Matthew qualified as a Dispensing Optician in Godmersham, Kent in 2003. Originally from Reading, Matthew lived on the Isle of Wight for over a decade before moving to Wales in 2016 and joining the practice.

Outside work he enjoys spending time with his three children, visiting new places in Wales, playing badminton and petanque.

KATE RYAN

Kate has been part of the Osmond Drake team since 2010.
She is skilled in optical pre-screening having successfully passed the Level 2 Award in Optical Screening and attended the Topcon University Educational Symposium.

GWEN HICKS

Gwen joined the team in June 2018 and looks after our optical pre-screening and appointments.