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Date: 19/10/2016

BBR Optometry is delighted to announce that chairman Nick Rumney has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) in recognition of his services to the profession of Dispensing Optics.

The Honorary Fellowship is a special accolade for people who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession of dispensing optics and has only been awarded to 17 individuals since the Association was founded in 1986.

Nick received his Honorary Fellowship from members of the ABDO Board at a dinner in London and the citation said:

“In awarding you Honorary Fellowship, the members of the ABDO Board wish to place on record their warm appreciation of the major contribution that you have made to the Association and to the dispensing profession over many years.

“Your support and active contribution in promoting the role and raising the profile of dispensing opticians, your encouragement towards training and development of the role of dispensing opticians in practice, as well as your on-going commitment to the profession are greatly appreciated. Your enthusiastic support and dedication has greatly helped your friends and colleagues in optics.

“You richly deserve the gratitude of the Association and the award of Honorary Fellowship (HonFBDO) is extended to you with our sincere thanks and respect.”

Nick said after receiving the Fellowship: “Although my role at BBR is primarily that of a clinical optometrist, it is important that we never leave our roots and as a third generation optometrist this resonates. My grandfather started in optics before the first world war when it was very much concentrated on the dispensing and indeed manufacturing of spectacles. In fact, my first job was in manufacturing spectacles. As such I have remained in touch with the dispensing of high quality spectacles ever since. ”

Nick Black, Chief Executive at BBR Optometry, said: “I would like to be the first to congratulate Nick on this well-deserved award in what is turning out to be an exciting year especially as he has also just been nominated by the Association of Optometrists as Optometrist of the Year.

“Nick has already been made a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) and served on many national and international committees, including the General Optical Council (GOC).

“This accolade is justly deserved especially as he does so much to promote the world of optics as a multi-disciplinary profession, including optometry, dispensing and medicine and by extolling the benefits to customers, patients, staff and fellow professionals alike. By lecturing and teaching up and down the UK and abroad, he is always aiming to raise the entire sector standards and profile.

“He is also keen to see a reduction in the numbers of people with avoidable loss of vision and supports Optometry Giving Sight where he has just served a very successful term as chair of the UK National Committee,” he added.

You can find out more about the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) by visiting http://www.abdo.org.uk