Co-founding partner of Haine & Smith, Barry lives with his wife Liz near Devizes. They have had three sons and their eldest, Giles became a partner of Haine & Smith in 2009.
After entering optics Barry gained a qualification in management. He has been an Adviser to the General Optical Council and a past examiner of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, as well as Chairman of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians.
Outside of optics Barry is a member of the Salisbury Diocese Council for Mission and the Aldhelm Mission Fund group, Church Life Coordinator for All Saints’ Church Burbage, and a long-standing member of the Marlborough Rotary Club. Barry also enjoys playing tennis and bridge and is a season ticket holder at Southampton Football Club.
A co-founding partner and Optometrist, Sue studied in Cardiff at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. Together with Barry she launched the firm in February 1975, opening the first practices in Westbury and Marlborough.
Sue who lives near Malmesbury, has a background steeped in horse racing; she married a jockey and her brother-in-law is a jockey and trainer. When Sue is not working in practice she loves playing the piano and spending time with her young grandchildren aged nine and seven.
Starting out as a trainee dispensing optician, Gary now has over 30 years experience at Haine & Smith. As General Manager he is responsible for the day to day running of the partnership, and when not at Head Office, is frequently seen visiting the practices.
Gary is married with three children just completing their education. In his spare time he enjoys playing squash and is a keen follower of local rugby.
Jon has been married 36 years and lives with his family in Bradford on Avon. After Graduating from Cardiff University in 1979 Jon worked as an Optometrist in Swindon, Bath and Bristol. He also did sessional work at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
Jon joined Haine & Smith as an employee in 1985, becoming a partner in 1998. He is especially interested in providing excellence in eyecare and eyewear and in the early detection of treatable eye disease. Jon is past Chairman of the Wiltshire Local Optical Committee which represents eyecare professionals throughout Swindon and Wiltshire and continues to be a Committee member.
Optometrist Mark qualified at City University, London in 1982 and worked for an optician in Reading before joining Haine & Smith. Over the past 30 years Mark has enjoyed spending time testing and meeting patients at virtually all of the practices.
Mark and his wife Kay, Marketing Manager at Haine & Smith, live in Marlborough and have three grown up children. Mark spends much of his spare time sailing and is a qualified Yacht Master (Offshore).
Operations Manager, Angela has worked in optics for over 20 years. She joined Haine & Smith as a trainee dispensing optician at Calne practice and after qualifying in 1997 went on to manage a number of practices including Marlborough and Melksham.
With a passion for training and staff development, Angela has been a tutor for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and is also a qualified NVQ assessor. She’s currently Secretary of the Wiltshire Local Optical Committee.
As Commercial Director, Giles spends his time between Haine & Smith’s Head Office in Pewsey and out visiting the 19 practices.
Giles graduated from University with an Honours Degree in International Marketing and went on to travel extensively in South East Asia. While teaching English in Laos, Giles met and married his wife. A year later they came to the UK and now live in Wiltshire with their family. Giles is a Council member of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians.
Thom joined Haine & Smith as an IT Technician fresh from completing his Honours Degree in Computing and Mathematics back in 2006. Now, as Technical Director, he oversees the information systems in our practices, glazing lab and Head Office. His role was pivotal during the installation of our latest computer systems, a major operation which led to us winning ‘Software Practice of the Year’ at the 2014 Optician Awards.
Thom is a keen table tennis player and is an active committee member with the Devizes and District Table Tennis League. He also enjoys open water swimming and mountain biking.