My name is Richard Mansfield, I own and run Mansfield Opticians, a small independent opticians in Wells, still England's smallest city. I graduated from Cardiff University, at that time UWIST (University Wales Institute of Science & Technology) in 1983 and following a compulsory year gaining practical, clinical experience in Cornwall, I qualified as an optometrist in 1984.
Having married in 1986, we spent most of 1987 working in New Zealand before settling in Cambridge where I was employed to run/manage a small independent optician's practice.
Wanting to be nearer to our families in Cornwall, we decided to set up our own business in the South West and opened the practice here in Wells in January 1995.
I am registered with the General Optical Council, the governing body responsible for maintaining the professional standards of optometry in the UK and have professional affiliation with the British College of Optometrists, British Contact Lens Association and Association of Optometrists.
At a local level, I am an active member of the Somerset Local Optical Committee and in recent years have been responsible for organising the quarterly continuing education meetings which now make up part of the compulsory ongoing education programme for all registered optometrists in the UK.
Richard Mansfield Optometrist