Meet the Team

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

Dr. Martin Smith

Dr. Martin Smith BSc DOptom DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glauc MCOptom  is one of the UKs most highly qualified optometrists. Dr Smith holds a Doctorate in Optometry, a postgraduate diploma in therapeutics, and a Higher Certificate in Glaucoma. He has won UK Optometrist of the Year twice in 4 years and has been shortlisted for this title an unprecedented 3 times.

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 walking up mountains with his family.

Hazel Smith

Hazel is a founder member of Martin Smith Opticians and our Company Secretary. Hazel runs the financial side of the business, 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 time to enjoy gardening, cycling and hill walking for relaxation.

Sue Edwards

Sue is Practice Manager and also a Dispensing Optician and brings a wide and diverse skill set to the practice with a keen focus on bespoke customer service. A qualified Dispensing Optician with a keen eye for fashion, Sue sources new frames and styles for the practice and has introduced personal frame styling. Sue has received the highest accolade for her dispensing and customer service winning the UK Dispensing Optician of the Year in 2018 and 2019, for which she was also a Finalist in 2017. Away from work Sue loves all sports, enjoys the gym and playing and watching competitive tennis.


Rachel is our experienced Dispensing Assistant and offers our clients individual frame styling and in-depth lens advice and support to the Dispensing team. A keen eye for fashion and detail, Rachel is a key member of the team and is the voice of the practice who keeps in contact with our clients, and gets in touch when an appointment is due. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends and travelling to places far and wide on holidays.


Mandy is a versatile and valued member of our team working with both the reception and dispensing team whilst also dealing with the busy administrative matters of the practice. Mandy is well known to many of our existing clients, and has experience in all areas of our busy practice. Outside of the practice, Mandy’s hobbies are reading, photography & wildlife.


Joana is our super-helpful and organised receptionist/optical assistant. Joana is always ready to help patients with any query and find the best way to assist them. In her spare time, Joana enjoys playing competitive badminton, reading and learning new languages. Joana already speaks 4 languages and is currently learning Cantonese and Italian.

Joshua Zunde Dispensing Assistant


Josh is an experienced Dispensing Assistant who truly enjoys guiding and advising our patients and making them feel comfortable and relaxed. Josh has worked in practice for many years and has experience in dispensing the full range of premium and individualised lens options to our patients. A lover of beautiful frame designs Josh’s current favourite is Blackfin titanium frames in beautiful colours. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family and enjoys walking and travelling.

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