Meet the Team

A professional team aiming to take eye care to the highest level

Martin Smith

Dr. Smith has been in optics since 1998, gaining his degree in optometry in 2002, and becoming a fully qualified optician in 2003. He has since undertaken various postgraduate studies, gaining a doctorate in optometry in 2014, a postgraduate diploma in therapeutics in 2015 and is currently studying for higher qualifications in glaucoma.

Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons cycling, gardening and hiking. He comes from a family of racing cyclists and still competes regularly at a national and international level on the velodrome, recently winning a silver medal at the national 400m grass track championships. For rest and relaxation, he enjoys reading and mountains.

Hazel Smith

Hazel is the other founder member of Martin Smith Opticians and our Company Secretary. She runs the financial side of the business and you might see her round and about the practice. She isn’t always on site as she also has her own planning consultancy business to run as well as being Mum to two busy boys. In between all this, somehow Hazel also finds me to enjoy gardening, cycling and hill walking for relaxation.


Sue Edwards

Sue started work in PR and moved into optics twenty years ago. Sue‘s previous work experience has enabled her to bring a diverse skill set to the role of Practice Manager and a focus on bespoke customer service. A qualified Dispensing Optician with a keen eye for fashion, Sue enjoys finding new frames and styles for the practice and has introduced personal frame styling. Away from work Sue loves all sports and enjoys the gym and playing and watching competitive tennis (particularly Andy Murray). She also adores talking, travel, clothes shopping and spending time with friends and family.


Sally Newman

Sally did her original Dispensing Optician training in London and worked for several years in Kent before moving to Lincoln in 1995 to work at this practice. Since being at Martin Smith Opticians, she has completed the contact lens qualification. Over the years Sally has embraced all the changes at the practice and been a key contributor towards the improvements in eye care and lens technology. Whilst continuing to find her role very rewarding in helping people choose the very best option for their eye care, in her free time Sally enjoys all things Sci-fi and has a keen interest in amateur dramatics.


Rachel Rossington

Rachel joined Martin Smith Opticians as an Optical Assistant in 2008. Since then she has engaged in further training and followed her keen interest in fashion, expanding her role further to offer our clients individual frame styling and assisting Sally with collections and adjustments at the practice. Rachel is also experienced on reception. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, socialising with friends and travelling to places far and wide on holidays.

Mandy Gothorp

Mandy has worked at the practice for over 15 years, and now deals mainly with the growing administrative side of things which she enjoys enormously. Well known to many of our existing clients, Mandy has experience in all areas of the business, and in our busy practice, she is able to turn her hand to any job that is required. Variety truly is the spice of life. Outside of the practice, Mandy’s hobbies are reading & wildlife.


Jennifer Crompton

Jen joined the team in May 2016 as an Optical Receptionist/Assistant bringing over six years experience having previously worked for a busy independent practice in Southport. Her favourite part of her new role is greeting patients as they come into the practice as she enjoys talking and getting to know people. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, cooking/baking and spending time with family and friends.

If you would like more information about our practice, or to book an appointment, please contact us by calling 01522 521100.

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