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Devon Local Optical Committee is proud to represent eyecare professionals from across the county. We have along history of working on behalf of practitioners and contractors in the area.

The Committee meets 6 times a year, if you are interested in attending as an observer please contact Carole on

Every year we hold our AGM in May, all eye care professional practicing in Devon are encouraged to attend. Our documents for our 2024 AGM, held on the 16th May 2024 can be see via the link below.

The LOC Constitution is the source of the LOC’s powers. LOCs can only act in accordance with the powers provided in the Constitution. LOCs must properly discharge the duties and responsibilities required by the Constitution. LOCs must not exceed the powers in their Constitution and should always check that any action taken by the LOC is within the powers the Constitution provides.

The Devon LOC Constitution was approved at the AGM in 2016 – Devon-LOC-Constitution-2017-Final

The LOC is supported in its administration and day to day functions by: Administrative Support – Carole Chesterton

Meet The Committee

Luisa Simo – Chair –

“I qualified as an optometrist over 20 years ago. I offer domiciliary eye care services in Devon and Cornwall and work as a hospital optometrist part-time. I attained a PhD in optometry in 2007 and have lectured in different Universities and in different countries. I was elected as Secretary of the Devon Local Optical Committee in 2019 and Chair in 2022.”

Max Halford, Vice-Chair – – LOCALITY LEAD – WEST DEVON

“I have Extended Services Contact Lens Optician having qualified originally as a dispensing optician in 1996. I have been a LOC committee member since 2009, holding the position of Chair from 2016 to 2022 and I now hold the Vice Chair position. I have worked within multiple optician practices as a clinician and practice manager in the past and still deliver clinics in the area. I am Clinical Lead for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and an Optical Lead for the Local Optical Committee Support Unit looking after LOCs across the South and East of England. I am a director of Primary Eyecare Devon, the not-for-profit LOC company that delivers eyecare service across the county and support the minor eye conditions service as its clinical governance and performance lead.”

Daniel Tabb, Treasurer –

“I am an Optometrist & Dispensing Optician who has worked in Devon & East Cornwall for over 25 years and have been involved in the LOC for more than 10 years. I work for a multiple, both as a performer & a contractor. I engage in all aspects of daily practice & am actively involved in all enhanced schemes where available.”


“I am an Independent Prescribing Optometrist based in Dawlish working in an Independent Practice. I am a performer and contractor with a passion for Primary Care Optometry and keen to promote and expand the roles Optometrists’ can undertake in Local Eye Health. I’ve lived in Devon since 2012 and love the wide scope for outdoor activities it allows on our doorstep.”

Sophie Withers – Secretary & EDUCATION / CPD LEAD

“I am an optometrist and business owner based in Exeter. After spending the last few years of my career in education and professional services, I opened my own practice in December 2020. My previous roles include Head of Education for Nidek UK (Birmingham Optical group), Clinical teacher at Cardiff University and Professional Services Optometrist for Luxottica.”


“I am an Optometrist having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1996 and Qualifying in 1997. I have been an active member of the LOC since 2008 being the Chairman 2011-16. I am presently director of Bill optical limited, an independent opticians which has 7 optical practices across Devon and the managing director of The Medical Eye clinic which is a surgical eye unit providing a range of surgical options for all eye conditions. I am also the finance director of Primary Eyecare Devon and a board member of LOCSU. I have 15 years’ experience at Torbay Eye Hospital where he has specialised in paediatric.”


“I am an optometrist employed by a large multiple and have c. 30 years experience including independent practice, working as a locum optometrist. I have an interest in development of enhanced services and provision of shared care and also inclusive accessibility of eyecare provision.”


“I am a locum optometrist working in the multiple sector. Prior to the COVID pandemic I also worked as a glaucoma practitioner in the East Devon Glaucoma Service. Although this service has now been discontinued I maintain a keen interest in optometry led glaucoma services.”


”I am an Independent prescribing Optometrist, working in independent practice in the South Hams, and the Royal Eye Infirmary in Plymouth. Enjoys all aspects of Optometry, but is particularly passionate about retinal disorders and glaucoma.”


“I am an Independent Prescribing Optometrist working at Noakes, Habermehl & Kerr Opticians in Plymouth and surrounding areas. I am also a qualified Dispensing Optician with experience in both independent and multiple practices. I am a pre-registration supervisor and am accredited for all the local enhanced services. I also provide a variety of specialist clinics including myopia control, dry eye management and complex contact lens fitting.”

Ross Colledge – CPD LEAD

“I am an Optometrist having graduated from the University of Plymouth and have now been qualified for 2 years.

I work for Vision Express around Plymouth and the South Hams. I am also involved with the University of Plymouth as a Clinical Supervisor in the student clinics. I have always been interested in how the profession is ever changing and the many different avenues and practice settings available to us as Optometrists. 

I am passionate about the future of optics and feel that it is important that as clinicians we can continue to progress and be able to offer additional services and the latest technological advancements to our patients. I hope to bring a newly qualified perspective to the LOC and I am passionate about being able to represent, protect and continue to promote our profession.”

Terry Pritchard

“I’m a dispensing optician based in Exeter with over 20 years of experience in both independent and multiple settings, passing on my skills by supporting numerous student dispensing opticians. I’m also looking forward to acting as a voice for the local optical community, advocating for better eyecare services.”

Zayn Raqib

“Information coming soon”