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AOP Awards 2014 Winners revealed

The winners of the 2014 AOP Awards were revealed in front of more than 340 people at a black tie gala dinner at the NEC Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on October 23

Almost 26,000 votes were cast for this year’s AOP Awards, which has grown in popularity year-on-year since it was established in 2011.

Held at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC, and hosted by LBC radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer, the winners were revealed in front of more than 340 people.

Headline sponsored by CooperVision, the Awards aim to recognise the achievements of optical professionals and organisations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the last 12 months.

Speaking to OT on the night of the Awards, chief executive of the AOP, Henrietta Alderman, said: “The AOP Awards 2014 has been fantastic. It has really showcased some amazing people; some amazing individuals, practices and organisations.”

Ms Alderman added: “It’s really important for the AOP to host the Awards because it’s important to be able to celebrate success, to really showcase the achievements of individuals throughout the whole of the optometric profession.”

To view the Book of the Night, visit

Here are the winners and their reactions. 
Practice of the Year: Bayfields Opticians, Headingley
Sponsored by AEL Chartered Accountants 
“We’re ecstatic to have won because we truly believe that what we do is unique. It’s the ultimate honour to be recognised for our efforts in optics.” Christopher Wood, Bayfields Opticians 
Specialist Practice of the Year: Jane Smellie Opticians
Sponsored by Cerium Visual Technologies 
“Winning this Award is an achievement beyond my wildest dreams. It is a fitting tribute to the incredible Jane Smellie Opticians' team, who give their time and energy selflessly to the evolution of the business, and to my ever supportive family.” Jane Smellie, Jane Smellie Opticians 
Marketing Campaign of the Year: Bayfields Opticians, UniVision
Sponsored by Lloyd & Whyte
“We’re extremely grateful to be commended for our achievements and we plan on running this campaign for many years to come.” Riva Tourani, Bayfields Opticians
Young Practice of the Year: Lunar Optical
Sponsored by VSP
“Our fantastic patients have been our greatest supporters and we thank all who voted for us. We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award.” Pam Eastman, Lunar Optical 
Dispensing Optician of the Year: Lesley Oglethorpe
Sponsored by ABDO
"Thank you to everyone for their support. I am grateful to the world of optics for a varied and rewarding career. To be recognised for my dedication to dispensing optics is an honour.” Lesley Oglethorpe, G.T. Harvey & Partners
Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year: Suzanne Czerwinski
Sponsored by CooperVision 
“Being recognised for such a prestigious Award is, without doubt, the highlight of my career to date and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.” Suzanne Czerwinski, Specsavers
Optical Assistant of the Year: Christine Small
Sponsored by WCSM
“I am passionate about raising the awareness of good eye care for the whole family in the community. Knowing that you are doing something for someone which really makes a difference to them is very satisfying indeed.” Christine Small, Page and Small Opticians
Lecturer of the Year: Rupal Lovell-Patel
Sponsored by 100% Optical 
“It is a great privilege and honour to win this Award. This is definitely the highest accolade I can receive in my teaching career. I want to thank all the students and my peers who voted for me.” Rupal Lovell-Patel, Anglia Ruskin University 
Student of the Year: Angharad Hobby
Sponsored by Specsavers
“I’m truly humbled and overwhelmed to be named 'Student of the Year.’ I would like to thank 
everyone who has supported me in all my
endeavours over the last few years; it's been amazing.”
Angharad Hobby, Davies and Jones Optometrists 
Optometrist of the Year: Rohit Narayan
Sponsored by the AOP
“I am honoured to win this Award and would like to thank all those who took the time to support me.” Rohit Narayan, Boots Opticians
Charity Initiative of the Year: Andean Medical Mission
“Just reaching the final of the AOP Awards has been a privilege, but winning means so much to ensure we continue the momentum that allows us to deliver eye care services for the remote communities within the Amazon and Andes.” Dave Goldsmith, Andean Medical Mission 
Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald Cameron
Sponsored by Alcon
Special Recognition: Keith Holland
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