Meet the team

Allegro Optical’s experienced team

At Allegro Optical we are all passionate about what we do.

We have the experience, knowledge, skill and care, to hopefully give you the best experience you’ve ever had when visiting an optician!

Sheryl

Joint Managing Director & Dispensing Optician

Sheryl Doe is a dispensing optician with over 16 years’ experience in the optical profession and has experience in many different optical disciplines. She has worked in Europe and the UK in some of the most demanding areas of eye-care.

A keen musician while at school Sheryl played the Cello and Double bass, however, she currently plays cornet in a local brass band. With a lifelong love of music, Sheryl has developed a unique understanding of the challenges that some musicians face with deteriorating eyesight.

With a keen interest in Ophthalmic lens design Sheryl has developed a unique algorithm to help in this area and has had papers published on the subject of Ophthalmic Dispensing and is seen as an industry leader in her specialist field. She has also found that her unique approach to vision correction works well for teachers, lecturers and those that present regularly.

She is also the recipient of the Dispensing Optician of the Year at the Opticians Awards in 2019.

Sheryl is registered with:-

  • General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
  • Association of Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO)
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

 

Stephen

Joint Managing Director

Stephen has been playing brass instruments since 9 years of age; he was a member of both the National Youth Orchestra and the European Youth Orchestras in his early years and joined the army as a military bandsman in 1975.

Having recorded extensively and appeared on Radio and Television from the age of 17 Stephen has an enormous passion for Music, and particularly Brass Band music. He has also conducted and adjudicated at most of the major brass music contests in the UK and abroad. Stephen is also a prolific arranger and composer.  

In addition, Stephen has been in financial services since 1982. He has held senior management positions as well as directorships. He has worked for some world class companies such as Antony Gibbs, Rothschild’s, and Schroders Investment Managers, Equitable Life, the AA and many others. He has experience in Business Development, Sales and Marketing and General Management. Stephen is also the MD of his own Consulting Company.

Sara

Optometrist – Greenfield

Having graduated in 1999 Sara always strives to ensure a good balance between giving honest open advice and excellent clinical care. Sara ensures that all our clients always receive a fantastic, consistent service.

People warm to Sara’s gentle and relaxed manner and as a result she has a very loyal following.

Sara is registered with:

  • General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Association of Optometrists (AOP)
  • Ophthalmic Performers list OPL
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)
Liz

With 12 years experience in Optometry Elizabeth has gained higher professional qualifications in Minor Eye Conditions and has a Certificate in Glaucoma from The College of Optometrists. Elizabeth enjoys talking to her clients about their lifestyle and how that relates to their eyewear needs. She is currently working towards her BAPAM registration

In her spare time Elizabeth loves to make music and is a talented Pianist and Clarinetist. SHe has taken advanced clarinet lessons at the Royal Northern College of Music. She  was Principal Clarinettist in the University of Bradford Symphony Orchestra and a member of the City of Hull Youth Symphonic Windband before going to university. Previously Elizabeth and her husband were part of a band that played for events and weddings.

In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys swimming, Pilates, aerobic style exercise to keep fit, and gardening.

Elizabeth is registered with:

  • General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Association of Optometrists (AOP)
  • Ophthalmic Performers list OPL
  • National Health Service (NHS)
Elizabeth

Elizabeth has excellent communication and personal skills and she is a seasoned professional who is well liked by her clients. With her balanced approach to honesty and openness, Elizabeth always provides excellent clinical care. Elizabeth successfully ensures that our clients always receive a fantastic, consistent service.

Our clients love Elizabeth’s confident and unflappable manner and she is developing a very loyal following.

In her spare time, Elizabeth likes running and horse riding

Elizabeth is registered with:

  • General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Association of Optometrists (AOP)
  • Ophthalmic Performers list OPL
  • National Health Service (NHS)
Gem

Consultant Optometrist

Our specialist consultant optometrist Gem is both an optometrist and an accomplished singer and flautist. As a performer herself Gem understands the complex needs of musicians and performers.

Abigayle

Dispensing Optician/Manager

‘Abi’ is Sheryl’s oldest daughter and she has lost no time in building her own reputation as a Dispensing and Optical Practice Manager.

Abi works hard to provide exceptional Ophthalmic Dispensing and excellent customer service. She is an award-winning Dispensing Optician in her own right and has earned many accolades while learning her craft. Abi has excellent analytical skills and you could say she’s a chip off the old block. With a particular interest in paediatric dispensing and dispensing for clients with physical and psychological disabilities, Abi brings a wealth of technical expertise to the team and just like her mum she has an extensive knowledge of ophthalmic lens design.   Her professionalism ensures Allegro Optical always has up-to-date product knowledge as soon as new lenses or optical materials become available.

Charlotte

Dispensing Optician

Charlotte is the newest member of the clinical team but she has already become an integral member. She joins us with over 30 years of optical experience and is dedicated to providing everyone with the very best eyewear solutions.

With a firm understanding of lens technology, Charlotte matches prescription, frames and style to achieve the best optical solution and exceed expectation. She also takes time to make fine adjustments and repairs to spectacles, whenever required to ensure everyone eyewear fits perfectly.

Claire

Dispensing Optician – Greenfield

“Local girl” Claire is the resident Dispensing Optician in Greenfield and she brings a wealth of experience to the team.

With a fantastic eye for fashion, Claire is the “go to” woman for frame advice. With her encyclopedic knowledge of lens types, she is able to advise on all kinds of vision correction. In her spare time, Claire loves to play tennis and is partial to stand up comedy shows.

Kim

Dispensing Optician

Bubbly Kim has been in optics for over 20 years. Another Bradford Alumni Kim  graduated as a Dispensing Optician in 2010 receiving the Nikon Prize award for personal achievement. Kim was the year representative while studying.

Kim’s special interests are paediatric dispensing, colorimetry and low vision. She particularly enjoys helping children to find the perfect pair of specs for them, or helping a child to be more confident at school. Kim is a big fan of Tomato Glasses
Ferzana

Hearing Aid Audiologist (HAA)

Following a career in victim support Ferzana wanted a change of career and followed her sister into Audiology. Six years on and Ferzana loves her job, she says it is the perfect balance between clinical and social. Ferzana dreams of safari holidays in places such as Kenya or Tanzania and she would love the opportunity to turn back time and have a chat with Nelson Mandela.

James

Clinical Support Technician & Trainee Manager

James, or Jim, came to Allegro Optical through his musical connections. Jim is a very talented young Euphonium player and currently plays with the championship Oldham Lees Brass Band. Jim’s favourite piece of music is Resurgam. He says “I love brass bands because they have given me many opportunities. I’ve had the chance to play at the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall among many others. I have also met many many people who have become friends for life. Although I love making all types of music I get my biggest buzz from winning contests. I’m very competitive so 2nd might as well be last!”

Jim performs an essential role in practice, supporting the clinical team and making sure that everything runs smoothly. He is always available to assist patients in any way he can and he always goes that extra mile.

Charlene

Clinical Support / Administrator

Charlene has extensive experience in hearing care administration and is now applying her skills to optics. She always does her best to ensure our client’s journey of care in our practices are as smooth as possible. Charlene will always take the time to answer your questions, with a smile.

Josie

Administrator/Manager

Josie Dawson is based in Meltham, she is very friendly and familiar face in the local area, having worked with Stephen Haigh at his practice for twenty plus years.

With her wealth of knowledge of optical administration, Josie looks after the day to day running of the practice and she is always available to assist patients in any way she can.

Rebecca

Trainee Optical Assistant – Meltham

Rebecca joined the Allegro Optical team in July as a Trainee Optical Assistant.  A caring and welcoming individual, she has slotted straight into the team and thoroughly enjoys meeting our clients. You will often find Rebecca at the front desk with either Josie or Charlene.

Xanthe

Digital / E-Commerce

Sheryl’s youngest daughter Xanthe has a way with words, in fact, she is a bit of a lexical goddess. Whether it’s writing a creative blog or something a little more off the wall for social media, Xanthe is our go-to girl.

When Xanthe isn’t creating trendy social media posts or helping the team with day-to-day tasks, she takes a healthy interest in fashion. Always immaculate Xanthe treats every day as if life is the catwalk. If you want some sound fashion advice regarding frame style, she’ll tell it as it is. 

Sean

Corporate Sales

Sean knows the optical industry through and through. He is willing to try new things and he gets very excited by our all British range of frames and lenses.

When he isn’t working Sean likes to sample real ales, he loves Rugby League and he is an avid supporter of Wigan Warriors. He’s also a bit of a foodie and a bit of a whiz in the kitchen.

Helen

Online and Practice IT Support Manager

Helen is our IT guru, she provides us with a comprehensive back office system backup and significant IT support. She is completely unflappable, even when we’ve broken the system, Helen remains calm and collected, dials up some code and after a few taps of her keyboard, she usually has everything fixed and working again.

When she’s not tapping away at her keyboard Helen is a busy Mum to two young boys. She also likes to run cross country and she has completed quite a few competitive fell runs in her spare time.

On the sly Helen is a bit of an Accrington Stanley supporter and it looks like her two boys will follow in her allegiance to the team.

Zac

Lab Technician

Zac has been working in glazing labs since he was 15 years old, which we all delight in telling him is more than half his life. A dab hand at frame repair Zac is the “Man that can”.

When not working in the lab, Zac enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He is also a keen fish keeper and can often be found up to his elbows cleaning out his fish tank which is his pride and joy.

Zacs favourite food is anything from Meltham Balti, but he’s a bit of a chef himself on the quiet. His been known to “knock up” a bit of a mean Mexican.

Zacs favourite range of frames are the Walter & Herbert range as he loves the quality and workmanship of the each frame.

Niamh

Optical Support – Meltham

Niamh came to us on work experience and she’s been here ever since. With an eye on a career in optics (pardon the pun), she is intending to work her way to the top.

Niamh is still studying and plans to become an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician in the future. So watch this space.

In her spare time, she enjoys photography, art, baking, cooking and volunteering. Her favourite film is “Wonder Woman” and we think she’s a bit of a wonder woman herself!