Thomas Shirley

Trainee Dispensing Optician

I started my optics career back in 2016 at just 16 years old working in another high-street optician. Since then, I have worked in many various roles and practices before becoming a Trainee Dispensing Optician in 2021. In 2022, for my second year of study, I relocated from my hometown of Oxford and joined the Leightons family.

I joined Leightons as it was clear from the start they put their patients’ needs and interests first, and the working and learning environment was key in my decision to make the jump. I am really enjoying the freedom and flexibility I can offer my patients. I'm looking forward to my future with Leightons and to all the fascinating things I'm going to learn.

In my spare time, I have a passion for cars and motorsport, as well as football. I also love technology and gadgets and like to keep up to date on the latest findings.