Our Staff

We would like to introduce you to our Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians, Optical Assistants and Receptionists.

As well as working closely with our Optometrists, they can offer advice on general visual issues. They enjoy advising clients of suitable frame and lens choices for their spectacle prescriptions, considering individual facial features and fashion preferences and while always respectful of individual budgets.


Please see your local practice webpage to see the optometrists who work there. You will also find a small professional biography for each.

Mr Mike Thomason BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Mr Paul Thompson BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Mr Bendre Dalton BSc (Hons) MCOptom FBDO

Mrs Naomi Stringer BSc (Hons) MSc MCOptom

Dr (Mrs) Cathy Smith BSc (Hons) O.D. MCOptom

Mr Richard Flynn BSc (Hons) MCOptom


Dispensing Opticians

Helen McCloskey FBDO started with Cargills as a receptionist in 1988 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1995. She works at both Ashford and Canterbury.

Jacqui Cason FBDO in Folkestone, qualified as a Dispensing Optician 1988 and has worked with Cargills since 2000.

Jackie Jones FBDO in Ashford, qualified as a Dispensing Optician 1981 and has worked with Cargills since 2007.

Nicola Hunt FBDO in Canterbury started as an optical assistant in 1990, she qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1994.

Derek Griffiths FBDO joined the Hythe team in 2021 and has over 30 years of dispensing experience qualifying in 1990.

Katie Campbell FBDO started with Cargills in 2014 and offers dispensing cover, she also teaches at the ABDO Dispensing College.


Dispensing Assistants

Jackie Barlow, who works between our practices, has been with Cargills since 2000.

Michele Osman works between all our practices and joined the team in 2015.



Denise McInnes in Hythe has worked with Cargills since 2001.

Janet Richards in Folkestone has worked with Cargills since 1994.

Sheila Laing in Canterbury has worked with Cargills since 1980.

Fionnuala Parker joined Cargills in 2016 and worked on Saturday mornings in Ashford, and then an extra 2 days in Hythe from Jan 2019.  She has worked full time in Ashford since August 2019.

Val Wootton worked for many years with us in Hythe and after a career break, she returned to us in 2019.

Hilary Firth joined Cargills in May 2022 and works in Folkestone.