Gordon Ilett BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist Director
Special interests: Learning disabilities, primary eye care and professional standards.
Gordon graduated from City University in 1984 with an Honours degree in Optometry and Visual Science. He then undertook his pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital Department of Contact Lenses and Ocular Prosthetics and in Private Practice qualifying in August 1985.
After qualifying Gordon worked in private practice as well as at The City University and The Institute of Optometry as a clinical supervisor. He worked as a sessional optometrist in hospital practice for Queen Mary’s NHS Trust for 18 years between 1988 and 2006 at Darenth Valley Hospital, working in both low vision and general clinics; he spent some time setting up a paediatric low vision clinic at Queen Mary’s. He became a partner in a small group of practices in 1988 when he started work at Linklaters, buying Leslie Warren Opticians from Peter Reeve in 1998. In 2005, he took over both practices, then went into partnership with Jasmine Prentice, Jigna Teli and Sara Windsor in 2008.
Gordon is a pre-registration supervisor for the College of Optometrists, a Councillor for the Association of Optometrists, sits on the Fitness to Practice Panel of the General Optical Council, is Chairman of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich Local Optical Committee, is a director of Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes GB, and sits on other local and national committees concerning diabetes and learning disabilities; he is also a Trustee of SeeAbility (previously the Royal School for the Blind).
Gordon is an Associate Tutor on the MSc Optometry course at Cardiff University and lectures on the foundation degree course in Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christchurch University, as well as providing continuing education lectures to optometrists, practice nurses and GPs. Over the past 20 years he has developed a Special interests in examining patients with learning disabilities and works alongside charities such as Kent Association for the Blind, RNIB and See Ability in promoting the importance of eye examinations and eye health for this population.
In recent years Gordon has worked closely with local Primary Care Trusts developing new pathways for delivering eye-care, and has been appointed as an Optometrist with Special interests (OPwSI) in both the Bexley and West Kent PCT areas. Gordon is married to Anna with three children, a daughter Libby and two sons Christopher and Joseph. He surprisingly still finds time to enjoy skiing, cycling, surfing, golf and many other activities with his family.
Jigna Teli BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist Director
Special interests: Diabetic eye disease
Jigna graduated from Cardiff University in 2001 with an honours degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences. She completed her preregistration year under the supervision of Gordon Ilett in 2002, working at Linklaters and Leslie Warren as well as spending time at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She has since worked full time for the group and has enjoyed developing her professional skills. Jigna became a Partner in the business in 2008.
Jigna has a keen interest in Diabetic eye disease and is accredited to carry out diabetic retinal screening in Bexley and West Kent; she lectures to other health care professionals regarding the importance of regular eye screening in this group of patients. She is accredited as an OPwSI in both Bexley and West Kent and is the Optometrists Lead for the Community Ophthalmology Team in West Kent, working closely with Ophthalmologists. She has completed 3 City University MSc modules and is an accredited PEARS Optometrist.
In her spare time Jigna enjoys reading and going to theatre as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Jasmine Prentice BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist Director
Special interests: Diabetic eye disease, colorimetry and dry eye management
Jasmine graduated from Aston University in Birmingham in 2003 with a first class honours degree in Optometry. She gained her professional qualification in July 2004 after completing her pre-registration year under the supervision of Gordon Ilett at Linklaters and Leslie Warren. During this year Jasmine also worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and in the eye department at Darenth Valley Hospital.
Jasmine has practiced at Linklaters and Leslie Warren since qualification thoroughly enjoying her profession. Keen to continue to work within the hospital environment, she has gained experience within refractive surgery clinics at Moorfields, general ophthalmology clinics at The Princess Royal University Hospital Farnborough and glaucoma clinics at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup.
Jasmine is an Optometrist with Special interests which involves working closely with Ophthalmologists and GPs and includes triage of local hospital referrals. She has completed her diabetic retinopathy screening NVQ and three MSc modules at City University in binocular vision, glaucoma and diabetes management and is accredited to see diabetic patients in both Sevenoaks and Bexleyheath. Jasmine has a keen interest in the treatment of dry eye and is also certified to see patients with more acute eye conditions under the local PEARS acute referral scheme.
Jasmine is a member of the Society of Coloured Lens Prescribers and is accredited to provide coloured overlay and colorimetry assessments. She gives presentations locally to raise awareness about the benefits of colour to those with dyslexia and visual stress.
Jasmine was invited to be a partner in the business in 2008. In her spare time Jasmine enjoys visits to the theatre and salsa dancing.
Matthew Carter BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist Director
Special interests: Specialist contact lenses, low vision and anterior eye.
Matthew graduated from City University, London in 2010 with a first class honours degree in optometry and vision sciences. He completed his pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and gained professional qualification in July 2011. Matthew continues to work 2 and a half days a week at Moorfields Eye Hospital and currently works in the contact lens, keratoconus monitoring and cataract clinics. Matthew enjoys teaching and as such has presented at several Optometric conferences on the topic of specialist contact lenses and keratoconus. In Summer 2016 Matthew was promoted to the position of Principle Optometrist (clinic lead) within the contact lens service at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has acted as a clinical supervisor at workshops and courses attended by other Optometrists and students.
When not at the hospital Matthew spends the rest of the week practicing across the three practices and he thoroughly enjoys providing the high quality eye care that the three practices are known for. Matthew is accredited to see patients with acute eye problems under the local PEARs scheme and those referred by local GPs to the Bexley community ophthalmology team. Recently Matthew has helped launch the dry eye and low vision clinics that are available from the practices and in 2013 Matthew became a partner in the business.
Before commencing his studies in optometry, Matthew completed an honours degree in zoology at Leeds University. When not working or attending optometry courses and conferences, Matthew likes to keep fit by running in his local area and enjoys holidays and socialising with his friends and family.
Nicholas Sage BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist (FBDO)
Special interests: Contact lenses.
Nick started his career in optics in 2002 as a lab technician; making and repairing spectacles. He is a fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, having qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2006 and then studying further to become a Contact Lens Optician in 2008. Nick received four awards during his contact lens studies in both theoretical and practical modules.
In 2011 Nick graduated from the University of Bradford with a first class honours degree in Optometry, gaining professional qualification in July 2012 and becoming a member of the College of Optometrists. Nick received two awards for highest marks in clinical practice and overall highest mark on the degree course.
In 2014 and keen for a new challenge Nick left Boots Opticians Sevenoaks where he had worked for many years and joined the Linklater Warren team as a full time Optometrist. He currently works at our Sevenoaks and Bexleyheath branches.
Before a career in optics Nick completed an honours degree in Business Studies and Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.
When not at work, Nick is a keen cook and enjoys many different sports (although only watching nowadays!).
Sara Windsor BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist
Special interests: Specific learning difficulties and dry eye management.
Sara graduated from Cardiff University in 1993 with a first class honours degree in Ophthalmic Optics. Her professional qualification was gained in 1994 following a pre-registration year under the supervision of Gordon Ilett in private practice at Linklaters Optometrists in Bexleyheath and at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Aside from a year off to travel the world in 1996, Sara has practiced within the Linklater group since qualifying and at Leslie Warren Opticians since 1999.
As a member of the Society of Coloured Lens prescribers Sara has a keen interest in Specific Learning difficulties and she is accredited to prescribe precision tinted lenses to relieve symptoms of Visual Stress. She is a member of the West Kent Community Ophthalmology Team and is accredited to screen diabetic patients through the Paula Carr Optometry Service (diabetic retinopathy screening service). Sara has developed an interest in the management of dry eye and recently helped launch the dry eye clinic available at both practices.
Sara enjoys running, netball, riding and skiing. Married to Mark and having three girls, Anna, Alice and Lucy, she practices on a part time basis combining professional and family life, and thoroughly enjoying both.
Michelle Butler BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist
Special interests: Colorimetry
Michelle graduated from Cardiff University in 1990 with a first class honors degree in optometry. She then went on to undertake her pre-registration year at Maidstone Ophthalmic Hospital and gained her professional qualifications in July 1991.
Since then Michelle has worked in both private practice and in the hospital eye service. Michelle has completed seven of the City University M.Sc. modules in: diabetic eye disease, optometric management of glaucoma, vision in the aged, anterior eye disease, posterior eye disease, refractive eye surgery and paediatric optometry. Michelle is married with three children and - in any spare time she has - enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.
Anna Poole BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist
Special interests: Paediatric Optometry
Anna achieved a first class honours degree in optometry from City University in 2009 and is member of the College of Optometrists. Anna did her pre-registration year at the Oxford Eye Hospital where she gained experience in fitting complex contact lenses, e.g. for irregularly shaped eyes or for cosmetic purposes following eye injury or disease, and assessing patients with Low Vision. She received 5 awards at university for clinical work, professional studies, visual perception, ocular therapeutics and best second year student. She also did a degree in Physics before she decided to study Optometry.
Anna started working for the Linklater Warren practices in October 2010 and her areas of Special interests are colorimetry, cataract and glaucoma referral refinement. She works part of the week at Moorfields Eye Hospital specialising in paediatrics and contact lenses.
Anna lives in Blackheath, and her hobbies include military fitness, running and travel.
Nadine Rash – Diabetic Retinopathy Screener/Grader
Nadine has worked as a diabetic retinopathy screener/grader within the NHS since 2008 and became fully qualified in 2010. After qualification she progressed to become an assessor and was involved in the training of those working towards their qualification. Between 2013 and 2015 Nadine worked for Guys and St Thomas’ where she had the opportunity to extend her knowledge about diabetic retinopathy and associated ocular diseases.
Nadine is a member of the British Association of Retinal Screeners (BARS) which allows her to stay abreast of the current NHS standards and retinal screening protocols. Nadine always looks forward to the BARS annual meetings as they give her an opportunity to learn and meet others working within the same field.
When not at work Nadine enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. She is also a keen ‘wine buff’ and loves to try weird and wonderful wines from around the world. Her weekly game of netball gives her the perfect opportunity to stay fit and see friends.
Hazel Willby - Manager, Leslie Warren Opticians (FBDO)
Special interests: Complex prescriptions, frame design and fashion.
Hazel joined Leslie Warren in January 2000 as Practice Manager. She has previously worked in both independent and multiple practices in the South-East as a dispensing optician.
Hazel studied to be a Dispensing Optician at City & East London College and throughout her career has seen (and worn) some amazing spectacle styles, and has a keen interest in the fashion side of dispensing, while not losing sight of the technical and practical aspects. Hazel has attended courses on frame and face shapes, colours (colour-me-beautiful) and styling, along with many courses on the technical aspects of lens and frame materials and optics. In 2012 Hazel successfully completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Management at Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford).
Hazel's hobbies include figure skating (90% watching, 10% participating), art and design, and learning to crochet, which, along with the maintenance of the Leslie Warren Twitter-feed, Pinterest and Facebook pages, keep her fully occupied in her spare time.
Natalie Spillman - Manager, Linklaters Optometrists (FBDO)
Special interests: Complex prescriptions and teaching.
Natalie has been working in optics since she was 18 years old, gaining experience in a number of multiple practices. She joined Linklaters Optometrists in 2005 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician following the three year day release course for Ophthalmic Dispensing at City & Islington College. She was appointed Practice Manager in 2008. Natalie has continued her learning throughout her time at Linklaters, attending many courses on the latest lens designs and spectacle manufacturing. She has spent time at the Tom Davies Design School and the Silhouette factory in Linz, Austria which developed her keen interest in frame styling. Natalie thoroughly enjoys choosing new styles for the practice and aims to find the frame styles that offer our patients something a little bit different. She is also very passionate about dispensing our patients with the latest technology available.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys exploring the city of London along with her friends and family; she also loves to spend her spare time shopping (way too much).