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Meet The Orrell Opticians Team

Welcome to Orrell Opticians in Ellesmere Port! Our dedicated team are committed to providing you with the highest standard of personalised care.

Get to know the friendly faces behind our expertise and passion. It's our people that make Orrell Opticians a trusted choice in Ellesmere Port. So, why not have a peep into our lives below...!?

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Meet Your Core Team

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Dawn Abbott  - Dispenser / Frame Buyer

Dawn Abbott

Dispenser / Frame Buyer

My key responsibilities are;

1. Frame styling to help you find your look.

2. Dispensing you the best lenses within your budget.

3. Hand-picking frames from selected manufacturers for our lovely patients.

Prior to working here, I have been at Specsavers and Frederick Howard Opticians. I'm at my best working at an independent optician where I can spend some quality time with patients. I'll get to know you and your needs so you can make the right choice.

Many people dread choosing glasses, but I make it my mission that you enjoy the experience and walk away with glasses that you love, within budget.

I thrive off meeting existing patients (friends) and new patients (not friends yet).

I'll help you freshen up their look with a fabulous new pair of glasses. Seeing the smile on their face when they collect their glasses is a great aspect of my job!

Outside of work, I’m married to Paul and we have two grown-up boys called Sean and Ryan.  I’ll often spend my lunchtimes in the shops hunting out a gift or two for my grandkids Bella, Daisy, Ivy, and Bonnie!

I’m a keen walker and runner, which allows me to eat out with Paul when we aren’t babysitting!

Helen Johnson - Practice Manager

Helen Johnson

Practice Manager

The top things I do are;

1. Guiding patients on lenses, frame styling, and collecting their new glasses.

2. Accounts & Inventory Management.

3. Rota and clinic planning.

Aside from this, I love supporting my team with ongoing training and development.

I worked at Skilbeck & Jones Opticians, which merged with Orrell Opticians in 2018. It’s lovely seeing all the familiar faces are still coming to see us here now too 😊.

My personal and caring approach allows me to develop great relationships with patients.

My significant other is Neil. I have three kids; Melissa, Sophie and Finn, and now two granddaughters in Bella and Daisy!

At the weekends you'll find me hiking, working out or something more sedate - I love art galleries!


Dave Ashworth

Charlotte Jones - Diabetic Retinopathy Screener & Optical Assistant

Charlotte Jones

Diabetic Retinopathy Screener & Optical Assistant

My #1 responsibility is ensuring I give the best possible care to all the patients. This applies to my diabetic patients and those attending for eye exams or something else. 


I'm almost finished my diabetic screening course, after 2 years of hard work & study! 


I also make sure people feel relaxed coming for their eye exams. I use the latest scanning technology to ensure your most thorough eye examination.


​I’m very organised and detest clutter, and will clear out any drawers at work that have become a mess! Ashley will attest to this!


I last worked for Spa Medica. The skills I learned there transfer well to Orrell Opticians. I picked up quite a few things; having seen cataract surgery performed every day for 4 years!


Outside of work, I spend a lot of time with my partner Joe, my family & friends. My free time goes on visiting all my favourite restaurants and watching Liverpool! I love my days out, but at the same time, my chilled-out Sundays are the best.    

 Jen Murphy - Optical Assistant

Jen Murphy

Optical Assistant

My role is to ensure a smooth experience before and after you see the optician. This covers booking your appointment, pre-testing and visual fields, to name a few.


Besides that, I use my creative skills to decorate our windows and design floral displays for the practice. 


I'm also Editor in Chief of our practice newsletter, The View!


Before Orrell Opticians I worked as a pharmacy dispenser. Prior to that I was a retail manager for 16 years.  I have had many side hustles over the years from teaching Zumba to making hair bows.  I like to keep busy, especially in creative ways.


I am married to Dom who is a science teacher. He puts up with my endless crafting and general creative mess! We have two amazing teenage children Harrison and Annabelle who are our world. Not forgetting my favourite child, Barkley the dog!


​When I’m not at work I love to spend time with my family and friends. My passion is crafting, which involves covering our dining table with stuff at all times. Anything that involves glitter I’m in!


My claim to fame is having my handmade cards published in a national card making magazine. More recently, I've appeared on Facebook / Instagram promoting independent opticians nationally.


I look forward to giving you warm welcome when you next pay us a visit!

 Ashley Jardine - Clinical Director

Ashley Jardine

Clinical Director

My main role is Clinical Director but I also develop and grow the practice.

The main things on my plate are;

1. Testing your eyesight & eye health, then advising on how to maximise your vision.

2. Assessing emergency patients with acute eye problems; flashes, floaters, red-eye & dry eye to name but a few.

3. Developing the practice to keep a steady flow of existing & new patients.

Qualifying in 2005, I have worked in all the mainstream opticians. I've also spent a lot of time in smaller independent opticians where time wasn’t limited, and the equipment was cutting edge. It was perfect! So when a partnership opportunity arose at Orrell Opticians, I was thrilled! The role allows me to look after patients 'my way'. I can develop my team & practice to be our absolute best for our patients and Ellesmere Port community.

I’m excited to come to work and use all our new technology on my patients. For example, Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging helps us to protect your sight. There's no other device like it in Ellesmere Port 😊.

I'm very lucky to have inherited a very knowledgeable, committed and friendly team. I also get a kick when I see the smile on your face with your new prescription! Knowing we have improved someone’s life is a great sensation.

My significant other is Krina, and we have two young children, Nikhil and Amaya! They keep us on our toes, through the night oftentimes. So if you catch me looking bleary-eyed, you’ll know why! When time allows, I’m a keen runner, 5 aside player, squash player and when back in N Ireland I’ll be fly fishing for trout!

 Ellis - Optometrist



You may have seen me around over the last few years but in 2023 I've taken on a more permanent role at Orrell Opticians. My key responsibilities are to ensure you have a thorough eye examination and to find the best optical solution for you. From regular eye examinations to emergency appointments. You are in safe hands!


I have a research optometry background having previously worked for a medical technology company. My Masters in Optometry has enabled me to explore an area of optometry I am very interested in, glaucoma. I am also on the clinical teaching staff at the University of Manchester.


When you see me around the practice, you will probably notice my statement glasses choices. If I have the pleasure seeing you for an eye test, I will usually chat to you about holidays. Outside of Orrell's, I'm usually at the gym powerlifting or in the kitchen baking.

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