BBR’s chairman Nick Rumney is celebrating working for 25 years at the Hereford-based independent optometry practice and will be setting his sights on the Big Five when he enjoys a Game Reserve break in South Africa.
Nick will already be in the country speaking as part of Eye Focus Africa 2016 and is now extending his visit to go on this fantastic safari. Colleagues also bought Nick, who started working at BBR in 1991, a bottle of Andrẻ Clouet champagne.
A third generation optometrist who graduated from Cardiff, Nick then went on to complete an MSc in low vision in Melbourne and has worked as an optometrist in Australia, Jamaica and Kenya before joining BBR.
Nick has been instrumental in driving the advancement of clinical practice by embracing new technology to deliver improved levels of eyecare. These advancements have not only saved sight, but in several instances the care provided has saved lives. This constant investment in BBR Optometry is commented on regularly by the customers who appreciate the level of care on offer.
Nicholas Black, Chief Executive at BBR Optometry, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Nick for many of his 25 years. He is totally passionate about optometry and the real benefits it can bring to people; he energises those around him so that all staff here share this same commitment.
“To work for 25 years at the same place is a real achievement but Nick has done so much more for his profession by extolling the benefits of optometry 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 profession’s standards and profile.
“He is also a strong supporter of Optometry Giving Sight, the only global fund-raising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of unnecessary blindness and impaired vision; Nick has just completed a successful and rewarding year as chair of the charity’s UK National Committee.
“We all hope Nick will remain at BBR for many years to come and that he really enjoys his game reserve break in South Africa,” he added.
Nick Rumney has served on many national and international committees, including the General Optical Council (GOC), where he was a member of the Education and Investigation Committees and he was the first optometrist to chair the Standards committee as well as then chairing the Audit committee.
Other highlights from Nick’s 25 years at BBR are:
1991: Started work at Bishop, Bishop & Rumney.
1995: Made Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).
1997: Instrumental in bringing Lou Catania from the US to the UK for a multi-centre roadshow that was seen by more than 700 optometrists and was a founding partner in the educational group “Optometric Educators”.
May 2006: Bishop, Bishop & Rumney became BBR Optometry Ltd, the name derived from directors Nick Black and Nick Rumney as well as then director Stephanie Bonner.
March 2007: First OCT scanning retinal camera in optometry practice in the UK. The OCT revolutionised monitoring eye health in practice.
2008: Appointed to the AAO Fellowship International Admissions Committee.
2012: Qualified as an Independent Prescriber in Therapeutics. Became co-supervisor for the first optometry practice to be granted a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, sharing a three-year PhD research student with Aston University.
2013: Promoted to Chair of the AAO Fellowship International Admissions Committee.
2014: BBR becomes the only practice in the UK dually registered for Investors in People and ISO 9000.
2015: Appointed Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO).
2015: Introduced first OCT triton in UK optometry practice. Offering improved detail and information for monitoring eye health.
2015-2016: Chair of the UK National Committee of Optometry Giving Sight.