Meet the team – Josie Dawson

It’s good talk – Josie Dawson – Optical Assistant/Administrator

Josie has been with Allegro Optical since the very beginning and she’s seen it all. So we thought it would be a good idea to ask her a few questions.

How has your role changed since Allegro Optical opened in Meltham?

As we have grown, we have been able to offer more services eg. O.C.T. Colorimetry, hearing care and podiatry. We have extended our range of frames to include recycled and hemp frames.  Now we stock as many British made products as we can. Sheryl has worked very hard to extend our range of lenses. We now offer anything from single vision through to our unique tailor made musician lenses. We are now seeing musicians and performers travelling from far and wide to use our services. Unfortunately for me this has produced more administration (paperwork) than I thought possible, but I am enjoying the challenge of keeping everything in order.

When did you start working in optics?

I started working in Optics when I was 18 years old, working  for Dollond and Aitchison in Huddersfield, leaving 12 years later to have my first baby. During this time I met lots of pre reg students (Optom’s have to do 1 year under supervision before they can test solo).  One of whom was Stephen Haigh. I ended up working for Stephen in his Almondbury practice for many years. In fact until I left to work for Sheryl at Allegro Optical.   

What do you like about your job?

Everything really, there’s so much variety in what I do. I enjoy meeting people and being part of their optical journey, from the initial contact of booking their appointment, making sure the Optom has all the information and forms they need, to helping choose frames or giving a second opinion on what suits, to the collection and fitting and seeing a client leave really happy with their new spectacles and the service they have received. That makes all the unseen administration ( paperwork!) I do worthwhile.

When not at work what do you like to do?

I enjoy doing lots of things, I’m very social and love to catch up with my family and friends, I do the ‘ ladies who lunch ‘ with my best pal Carol, you can’t beat eating, drinking and chatting an afternoon away. At home when I’m not painting and decorating or pottering around the garden, I enjoy reading, sewing and knitting, a good crossword puzzle or suduko keeps my brain active!

Where is your dream holiday destination?

I don’t really do holidays as I’m not a good traveller.  I’d love to see the Aurora Borealis, perhaps one of these days I will. Until then, I enjoy visiting the Lake District, I’d like to explore it more. To meet more of our team visit our Meet the team page of get to know them better by reading their blogs. Meet Amy  Meet Abigayle Meet James Meet Claire

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