The Optometry Scotland Team

Meet your Optometry Scotland Team

Chair, Julie Mosgrove
Vice-Chair Eilidh Thomson, She is an independent prescribing and NESGAT optometrist for Black and Lizars, Edinbrugh and works within the professional services team
Past Chair David Quigley Director, Specsavers
Clincal Adviser, Frank Munro, Independent optometrist with six practices located across Glasgow and Lanarkshire and one of the founders of Optometry Scotland. Frank is area optical lead for and Optometric Adviser for Lanarkshire
Colette Dunsmore, Independent representative and practice owner. Independent Prescribing optometrist, Lanarkshire

Ian Jarvis, Independent representative and practice owner, Dundee

Arthur McHugh, Independent practice representative and practice owner. Independent Prescribing Optometrist and NESGAT qualified, Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Richard Spruce, Independent representative and practice owner, Forth Valley

Joseph Duffy, Boots,  Area Manager at Boots Opticians overseeing Scotland. Originally working as an Optometrist, he has over 20 years with the group working throughout the UK. Joseph has broad understanding of  the business having worked in various  leadership roles. Most recently, he has been instrumental in planning Boots Optician’s adaption  throughout COVID-19 to safely look after customers and staff across the UK

Eilidh Thomson Black and Lizars, Eilidh is an Independent Prescribing optometrist who will be undertaking the inaugural NESGAT glaucoma accreditation from NES

Michael O’Kane Specsavers, Michael O’Kane is the representative for Scottish Specsavers partners on the Optometry Scotland Executive Board. Michael is the clinical director of two Specsavers branches (Morningside and Cameron Toll), and also of Edinburgh Specsavers Hearcare Ltd.Chairperson of the NHS (NES) Optometric Educational Advisory Board and sits on the Executive Board of Optometry Scotland, as a Specsavers representative.

David MacTaggart Vision Express, David started his career in optics at 16 years old with Vision Express, initially as a part time associate, working his way up to store manager after completing his first degree in Business. David returned to University in 2009 to study Optometry at Glasgow Caledonian University qualifying in 2014 and is currently working towards completing his clinical placement for a post graduate in Independent Prescribing . As well as working full time in Vision Express’ Aberdeen practice, David works for VE professional services department covering the whole of Scotland.

Brenda Rennie ABDO, Brenda Rennie FBDO is a Dispensing Optician currently employed in independent practice. Brenda is the ABDO Regional Lead for Scotland. Brenda is an ABDO Examiner and has facilitated discussion workshops and peer discussions for ABDO and NES.

Professional Development Committee Gillian Syme, the director of Specsavers Irvine. Has worked for the company for 27 years

Kathryn Trimmer FODO, Chair of FODO Scotland. Kathryn is an Independent Prescribing optometrist in Grampian with Duncan and Todd and part of their professional services team.  Currently College of Optometrists councillor for Scotland, Chair of Grampian AOC, and also Chair of FODO Scotland for whom she is representing as part of the Optometry Scotland team.

Nicola McElvanney Communications, helped to establish the Optometry Scotland Communications Committee, its purpose being to establish better methods of engaging with members and non-members, advising them of OS activity, and seeking views and opinions of the profession as a whole, as well as engaging with external stakeholders.

Kevin Wallace, Association of Optometrists, Kevin is an IP optometrist in independent practice in Edinburgh. He is also clinical advisor to the AOP Legal Department and Optometric Advisor to NHS Lothian.

Emma Kellacher and Joanne O’Hanlon Operations Coordinators, first point of contact at Optometry Scotland providing daily office support and administration duties. Emma and Joanne coordinate all OS business and are the secretariat