Allegro Optical’s experienced team
At Allegro Optical we are all passionate about what we do.
We have the experience, knowledge, skill and care, to hopefully give you the best experience you've ever had when visiting an optician!
Sheryl Doe, B.Sc. FBDO - Joint Managing Director & Dispensing Optician
Sheryl Doe is a dispensing optician with over 16 years’ experience in the optical profession and has experience in many different optical disciplines. She has worked in Europe and the UK in some of the most demanding areas of eye-care.
A keen musician while at school Sheryl played the Cello and Double bass, however, she currently plays cornet in a local brass band. With a lifelong love of music, Sheryl has developed a unique understanding of the challenges that some musicians face with deteriorating eyesight.
With a keen interest in Ophthalmic lens design Sheryl has developed a unique algorithm to help in this area and has had papers published on the subject of Ophthalmic Dispensing and is seen as an industry leader in her specialist field. She has also found that her unique approach to vision correction works well for teachers, lecturers and those that present regularly.
She has also been named as the Dispensing Optician of the Year 2019 at the Opticians Awards, a national competition run by the Optician magazine.
Sheryl is registered with:-
- General Optical Council (GOC)
- Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
- Association of Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO)
- National Health Service (NHS)
- The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Sheryl is also a member of Holme Valley Lions, part of the Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization. Members are dedicated to bettering the quality of life for the handicapped, the poor, the sick and the aged.
Sheryl is regularly quoted by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the ABDO College, the professional college and body for all qualified dispensing opticians. Find out more about Sheryl here.
Stephen Tighe, ARCM. LDBBA. FPC - Joint Managing Director
Stephen has been playing brass instruments since 9 years of age; he was a member of both the National Youth Orchestra and the European Youth Orchestras in his early years and joined the army as a military bandsman in 1975.
Having recorded extensively and appeared on Radio and Television from the age of 17 Stephen has an enormous passion for Music, and particularly Brass Band music. He has also conducted and adjudicated at most of the major brass music contests in the UK and abroad. Stephen is also a prolific arranger and composer.
In addition, Stephen has been in financial services since 1982. He has held senior management positions as well as directorships. He has worked for some world class companies such as Antony Gibbs, Rothschild’s, and Schroders Investment Managers, Equitable Life, the AA and many others. He has experience in Business Development, Sales and Marketing and General Management. Stephen is also the MD of his own Consulting Company.
Sara Ackroyd BSc McOptom - Optometrist
Having graduated in 1999 Sara always strives to ensure a good balance between giving honest open advice and excellent clinical care. Sara ensures that all our clients always receive a fantastic, consistent service.
People warm to Sara’s gentle and relaxed manner and as a result she has a very loyal following.
Sara is registered with:
- General Optical Council (GOC)
- Association of Optometrists (AOP)
- Ophthalmic Performers list OPL
- National Health Service (NHS)
Gemma Augustine BSc McOptom - Optometrist
Gemma is an experienced Optometrist, graduating in 2003 her career has taken her all over the country from Huddersfield via Harley Street and Nottingham, back to Meltham and Greenfield. Gemma is also a professional singer who has performed in iconic venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Tate Modern. A keen runner and have recently completed a half marathon and is currently in training for a full marathon.
Alla Howarth - BSc McOptom, MBChB - Optometrist
An experienced and highly qualified optometrist, Alla is our resident clever clogs, having previously worked as an Ophthalmologist. Alla splits her time between our Greenfield and Meltham practices and she brings a wealth of experience to the team. Alla has worked all over the world and is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and German.
Abigayle Doe, B.Sc. FBDO - Dispensing Optician/Training Manager
‘Abi’ is Sheryl’s oldest daughter and she has lost no time in building her own reputation as a Dispensing and Optical Practice Manager.
Abi works hard to provide exceptional Ophthalmic Dispensing and excellent customer service. She is an award-winning Dispensing Optician in her own right and has earned many accolades while learning her craft. Abi has excellent analytical skills and you could say she’s a chip off the old block. With a particular interest in paediatric dispensing and dispensing for clients with physical and psychological disabilities, Abi brings a wealth of technical expertise to the team and just like her mum she has an extensive knowledge of ophthalmic lens design. Her professionalism ensures Allegro Optical always has up-to-date product knowledge as soon as new lenses or optical materials become available.
Claire Atkinson FBDO - Dispensing Optician - Greenfield
“Local girl” Claire is the resident Dispensing Optician in Greenfield and she brings a wealth of experience to the team.
With a fantastic eye for fashion, Claire is the “go to” woman for frame advice. With her encyclopedic knowledge of lens types, she is able to advise on all kinds of vision correction. In her spare time, Claire loves to play tennis and is partial to stand up comedy shows.
Xanthe Doe - Digital / E-Commerce
Sheryl’s youngest daughter Xanthe has a way with words, in fact, she is a bit of a lexical goddess. Whether it’s writing a creative blog or something a little more off the wall for social media, Xanthe is our go-to girl.
When Xanthe isn’t creating trendy social media posts or helping the team with day-to-day tasks, she takes a healthy interest in fashion. Always immaculate Xanthe treats every day as if life is the catwalk. If you want some sound fashion advice regarding frame style, she’ll tell it as it is. To learn more about what Xanthe does and what makes her tick watch this video.
Josie Dawson - Optical Assistant/Administrator
Josie Dawson is based in Meltham, she is very friendly and familiar face in the local area, having worked with Stephen Haigh at his practice for twenty plus years.
With her wealth of knowledge of optical administration, Josie looks after the day to day running of the practice and she is always available to assist patients in any way she can.
Jill Barrowclough - Practice Support, Marketing and Merchandising
Bubbly Jill is our glamorous Grandma, she came into our Meltham Practice for an eye test and we liked her so much we gave her a job!
Jill has a very artistic flair and is the creative force behind all those amazing windows.
Jill’s favourite food is Italian and she loves Victoria Sponge Cake.
When not creating amazing window displays she enjoys spending time with her family and of course with her beautiful grandson.
A real 80’s chick Jill loves Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.
James Brooks - Clinical Support Technician
James, or Jim, came to Allegro Optical through his musical connections. Jim is a very talented young Euphonium player and currently plays with the championship Oldham Lees Brass Band. Jim’s favourite piece of music is Resurgam. He says “I love brass bands because they have given me many opportunities. I’ve had the chance to play at the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall among many others. I have also met many many people who have become friends for life. Although I love making all types of music I get my biggest buzz from winning contests. I’m very competitive so 2nd might as well be last!”
Jim performs an essential role in practice, supporting the clinical team and making sure that everything runs smoothly. He is always available to assist patients in any way he can and he always goes that extra mile.
Niamh Curran - Optical Support - Meltham
Niamh came to us on work experience and she’s been here ever since. With an eye on a career in optics (pardon the pun), she is intending to work her way to the top.
Niamh is still studying and plans to become an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician in the future. So watch this space.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, art, baking, cooking and volunteering. Her favourite film is “Wonder Woman” and we think she’s a bit of a wonder woman herself!
Zac Doe - Lab Technician
Zac has been working in glazing labs since he was 15 years old, which we all delight in telling him is more than half his life. A dab hand at frame repair Zac is the “Man that can”.
When not working in the lab, Zac enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He is also a keen fish keeper and can often be found up to his elbows cleaning out his fish tank which is his pride and joy.
Zacs favourite food is anything from Meltham Balti, but he’s a bit of a chef himself on the quiet. His been known to “knock up” a bit of a mean Mexican.
Zacs favourite range of frames are the Walter & Herbert range as he loves the quality and workmanship of the each frame.
Sean Tighe - Corporate Sales
Sean knows the optical industry through and through. He is willing to try new things and he gets very excited by our all British range of frames and lenses.
When he isn’t working Sean likes to sample real ales, he loves Rugby League and he is an avid supporter of Wigan Warriors. He’s also a bit of a foodie and a bit of a whiz in the kitchen.
Helen Moore - Online and Practice IT Support Manager
Helen is our IT guru, she provides us with a comprehensive back office system backup and significant IT support. She is completely unflappable, even when we’ve broken the system, Helen remains calm and collected, dials up some code and after a few taps of her keyboard, she usually has everything fixed and working again.
When she’s not tapping away at her keyboard Helen is a busy Mum to two young boys. She also likes to run cross country and she has completed quite a few competitive fell runs in her spare time.
On the sly Helen is a bit of an Accrington Stanley supporter and it looks like her two boys will follow in her allegiance to the team.
Jenny Beever - Audiologist - Meltham
With a well-established reputation, 15 years in the manufacturing of hearing aids and 10 years dispensing hearing aids, Jenny has over 28 years experience in the field.
Jenny is proud to offer a complete lifetime hearing care service, from consultation and supply to aftercare and maintenance. She has a firm following in the area and often greets her clients as friends as they have known each other for so long.
Jenny is a proud of all her grandchildren and all their achievements.
Tracy Crabtree - Audiologist - Greenfield
An experienced Audiologist Tracy is skilled in delivering first class hearing tests and dispensing hearing aids.
Based in Greenfield Tracy provides a complete hearing care service, from the initial consultation and hearing aid dispense, to aftercare and maintenance.
With her gentle friendly manner, Tracy has built up quite a fan base in the area.