Meet the Team

Welcome to Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care Thatcham

  • Overview
  • Meet the Team

Alison Shephard

Branch Manager & Dispensing Optician

Meet the branch manager at Leightons Thatcham.

Austin Timoney (BSc MSc RHAD CS)

Clinical Scientist (Audiology) and Hearing Aid Consultant

Find out more about your local hearing care expert.

Katie Burrows


Katie has been with the team since June 2015 and has very quickly built up a loyal following, with her vast knowledge of visual problems, contact lens fitting and retinal scanning. We receive many comments on how at ease customers feel with Katie and how they received a full explanation that they understood. Outside work, Katie enjoys baking and running, taking part in a very muddy 'Wolf Run' for charity in 2016.

Janet Smith


Janet has been at Leightons Thatcham since 2012, following the acquisition of Powells Opticians - many Powells customers still return to see her now. She has many years of experience in Optics, and has embraced the recent addition of an OCT scanner with great enthusiasm. Janet enjoys travel and keeping fit when not in practice.

Sania Shah


Sania has worked at Leightons for the past two years, both in Thatcham and Reading. She is always keen to trial new types of contact lenses for customers of all ages, and has developed a loyal following in a relatively short period of time. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit with regular visits to the gym.

Roger Lee

Dispensing Optician

Roger works in both Thatcham and Reading, and has many years of dispensing experience with Leightons as well as other providers. He relishes the challenge of a complex prescription and has many patients who travel a significant distance to see him specifically. Outside work, Roger enjoys running and music.

Vicki Hasler

Optical Assistant

Vicki joined Leightons Thatcham in August 2016 and is enjoying learning about the different types of contact lenses and spectacles we offer. She is rising to the challenge of multitasking in her role as an optical assistant. At home, Vicki has a menagerie of creatures, including pythons, boa constrictors and a gecko! She also enjoys quad biking in her spare time.

Sam Wren

Dispensing Optician

Sam qualified as a Dispensing Optician through ABDO College in Godmersham and joined the Leighton's family November 2016. He has worked in the optical industry for the past eight years. Sam thrives to deliver great customer service, using modern techniques and suppliers hand picked by Leightons to ensure you get the best products and the best service. When Sam is not at work he enjoys keeping fit, reading and socialising with friends- but most importantly, spending time with his family, especially with his son who was born in October 2016.

Very patient and gentle with my 5 year old. She left very happy with her new glasses. I walked in both times without any appointment and got seen straight away. The person who served us both times was fantastic.

Sarah Weekes, Thatcham