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The Team


Chris Houghton – Owner/Optometrist B Optom (hons.), BSc (hons.) Optical Management. MC Optom.
Chris started working in the family business in 2001 after having worked for five years for a high street opticians, where he gained invaluable experience across all aspects of an optical business.

  • FBDO Dispensing Optician
  • Contact lenses practitioner
  • City & Guilds in Diabetic Retinopathy grading
  • WOPEC Glaucoma Accreditation
  • PEAR (Primary Eyecare Acute Referral) Accreditation
  • Elected member of Cheshire Local Optometric Committee which represents all Opticians in Cheshire and an elected member of Wirral LOC.
  • Chairman of Primary Eyecare Wirral which is responsible for all Any Qualified Provider Services performed by Opticians/Optometrists on Wirral.
  • St Johns Ambulance First Aid

Out of the office: Plays and supports football and enjoys spending time with family.

Marie Sinclair - Optometrist FAOI Fellow of the Association of Optometrists Ireland
Marie joined us in 2002.

  • WOPEC Glaucoma Accreditation
  • Contact Lenses Practitioner 
  • St Johns Ambulance First Aid

Outside of work: Hill walking in Scotland, reading, baking and time with family.

Victoria Pope - Optometrist (Locum) BSc Optom. (hons.) MC Optom. Vicki has been the Treasurer of North Wales Regional Optical Committee and a board member of Optometry Wales. She is an AOP (Association of Optometrists) member and Councillor. Outside of work: Playing the cello, cross stitch and spending time with family. 

Graham Bott - Manager/Dispensing Optician FBDO Dispensing Optician
Graham has been with Houghton Opticians for 25 years. He is Manager and buyer for the Hoole practice and has extensive knowledge and experience of frames and lenses.
Out of work: Plays golf, wood carving and enjoys gardening and time with family.

David Leigh - Dispensing Optician. FBDO Dispensing Optician
Dave joined us in 2006, he had been a Manager at another practice. He is a City & Guilds Diabetic Retinopathy Photographer.
Outside of work: Motorcycles, renovating his house and spending time with his family and dogs a Great Dane and two Chinese Crested Powder Puffs.

Pauline - Optical and Dispensing Assistant
Pauline joined us in 2005. She mainly works as a dispenser helping patients choose frames and pre-screening.
Outside of work: loves spending time with her family, walking her chocolate Labrador, Collie and gardening.

Samantha Fitzsimmons - Optical and Dispensing Assistant. 
Sam joined us in 2008. She mainly works as a dispenser helping patients choose frames and pre-screening.
Out of work: Painting (she has had her art displayed in exhibitions) and enjoys hiking, swimming and spending time with her young family.

Sue - Head Receptionist
Sue joined us in 2001.
Outside of work: Loves spending time with her family and reading.

Janet Dunn - Receptionist
Jan joined us in 2011.
Outside of work: Horseriding, gardening and time with family.








Paul  Clegg - Manager 




Alison Burrows - Head Receptionist
Alison has been with us since 2003. She manages reception and all administration.
Outside of work: walking, gardening, reading and spending time with family.

Jean Davies - Optical and Dispensing Assistant.
Jean has been with us since 1997 and therefore has years of technical experience.
Outside of work: Travelling, gardening, reading and time with family.

Paula Ravenscroft - Optical and Dispensing Assistant
Paula joined us in 2012. She works on reception but mainly as a dispenser.
Outside of work: Walking and spending time with her family

Nigel Hughes - Technician
Nigel has been with us since 1998, he not only is our technician he also dispenses.
Outside of work: reading, watching motorsport and DIY.

"Your services changed his (patient's son) and our lives"
Review from our Visual Stress and Colourimetry Service.




Nina Houghton - Marketing Manager BA Communication Studies & Psychology MA Creative Writing
Nina joined the business in 2005 looking after Marketing including the website, social media, window dressing and some HR and recruitment activities.
Out of work: A rugby fan, loves to walk her chocolate Labrad