The Team

Katherine Rickards – Branch Manager

I started in Optics at the age of sixteen as the Saturday girl in the local Vision Express. Although it wasn’t initially what I had thought to do as a career, the more I learned, the more I found I enjoyed dispensing. The branch I worked in also had a busy on-site spectacle laboratory, and I was therefore given the invaluable opportunity to learned how to make glasses as well as just dispense them. After finishing my A-Levels I started the day release Dispensing Optician degree course in London and, despite not being a big lover of mathematics, I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying and also being able to apply that knowledge into practice straight away. My particular interests are low vision and paediatric dispensing.

I began as Manager at Donner Optometrists in April 2022. Something that drew me to Donners in particular was the big emphasis on customer care and on delivering the best quality spectacles possible. Another, slightly more personal, reason for my choosing to work in the Surrey Hills was that this is a region that I have been a frequent visitor to taking in Dorking, Box Hill and the surrounding area to meet with family and enjoy walks in the gorgeous countryside.

Something that I am very proud of is that I worked for a time with the charity Vision Care for Homeless People in London. It was a deeply rewarding experience even though it could also be very challenging!

I have always been a lover of music and have played the bassoon since the age of 11. I can also play the organ and enjoyed singing in a polyphonic choir.

Maria Dovey – Optometrist​

​I arrived in the UK from Denmark to study Optometry in 1999, then qualified from City University in London with a 1st class Honours degree in Optometry in 2003.

Since qualifying, I have always enjoyed a varied working week and Optometry has taken me into different avenues from teaching at City University / The Institute of Optometry to hospital work, where I have been working in the Glaucoma clinic at Cobham Hospital since 2015. Combined with this, I have always favoured working in Independent Practice as you can offer that special touch and have been in a couple of different practices across Surrey.

I joined Donner’s Optometrists in December 2020 in the middle of the Pandemic with all the challenges that entails and am settling in nicely. Bookham is a beautiful village, and the staff and patients are wonderful and welcoming. I enjoy seeing a great range of patients from children to the elderly and always make my best effort in getting to a visual solution that is perfect whether it means new spectacles, contact lenses, monitoring eye disease or referring for eye surgery. Having attended various courses and lectures over the years, I feel well equipped to do exactly that.

My spare time is spent with my family: Husband, two boys and two girl cats! I enjoy keeping fit doing running, spinning, walking, and going to the gym and I have been known to attempt various DIY and baking projects too; the latter usually appreciated by my colleagues! Prior to having children, I have been travelling with my husband all over the world and hope that one day this will again be possible…

Anne Williamson – Optometrist​

I studied optometry at City University, London, qualifying in 1994, and began working in Surrey for one of the multiple opticians. During this time, I progressed to the role of Senior Optometrist for the area and was responsible for training of all newly qualified Optometrists. I then spent a couple of years working for a laser eye surgery clinic in London.

However, after the arrival of my second son, it become obvious that I needed to find a part time role closer to home. As luck would have it, Donner Optometrists had a vacancy that fitted the bill. I joined in 2009 and have never looked back. I enjoy the professional freedom working in an independent practice, as well as access to the most up to date products and equipment.

Outside of work, I like to spend time with friends and family and like to travel whenever I possibly can, however as the mother of two sporty teenage boys, I can usually be found on the side lines watching rugby or cricket!