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Our People

Catriona Gardiner

Catriona in testing room 2


Catriona qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1990 and has worked in independent practices in Essex, Kent and Sussex. She worked at the practice for 12 years before taking over the business in 2012 and has held the post of Specialist Paediatric Optometrist at Sussex Eye Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital for over 15 years.

  Helen Tigg

Senior Dispensing Optician

Helen has a wealth of knowledge about frames and lenses, having worked for over 30 years in independent opticians. Helen can confidently guide you through the dispensing process, from helping you choose a beautifully fitting frame to discussing the best lens options to suit your budget and lifestyle.


Sarah Daniels


Sarah qualified from City University in 1987. She has worked in independent practice in Sussex for over 20 years and previously for Moorfields Eye Hospital. She holds an additional specialist qualification in contact lens fitting and has a particular interest in this field.


Bob Forrest

bobDispensing Optician and Contact Lens Practitioner

Bob qualified in 1991 and has worked at the practice for 20 years. He is highly experienced in complex contact lens fittings and enjoys using the latest lens designs and materials to offer his patients the optimum comfort and vision.

Sandi Wickens


Dispensing Optician

Sandi qualified in 1990 and enjoys all aspects of dispensing. She has a particular interest in varifocals and dispensing children’s glasses, and has worked at the practice since 1995.

Sheila Jalie


Dispensing Optician

Sheila qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1971 and has over 40 years experience in Dispensing Optics. She worked as a lecturer in Dispensing Optics at City Islington college for 25 years and has worked at the practice for over 20 years.

Julie Knight


Dispensing Optician

Julie has worked at the practice since 2014. She qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2000. Julie is our practice all-rounder, involved in dispensing, practice administration and reception duties.

Linda and Nova

linda nova

Part Time Receptionists

These ladies are well known to all our patients. They all live in Burgess Hill and have worked for us for many years.