Commissioning Leads

Rupesh Bagdai, Commissioning LeadRupesh Bagdai

Rupesh qualified as an optometrist in 1998 and since then he has worked in multiples, independents and domiciliary care. He joined Cheshire LOC in 2009 and has been an active member ever since. He is now chair of the LOC Company, Primary Eyecare (Cheshire) Ltd.

He is currently working as a specialist slit lamp examiner for Cheshire Diabetic Retinal Screening Service and is involved in training and supporting colleagues. He has completed the WOPEC Public Health post graduate module and is a college approved peer review facilitator.

Over the last year he has been working with West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group to develop sustainable eye health services, placing patients at the centre of care. He is currently mobilising a glaucoma repeat readings service across two CCG areas. 


Chris Newall

Chris qualified as on optometrist in 1991 and is currently Director of Specsavers in Bridport, Dorset. Chris has been a member of Dorset LOC since 2006, serving as Chair since 2012. He works closely with Dorset CCG and was LOC representative on Dorset Eye Health Network.

Chris has enjoyed varied clinical roles from Hospital optometry, laser refractive surgery and community practice. He is currently a photographic and slit lamp examiner for Dorset Diabetic Eye Screening Program.

Chris is a member of Specsavers Professional Leadership Council, and has completed the WOPEC postgraduate qualification in Leadership skills.


Dharmesh Patel, Commissioning Lead

Dharmesh Patel

Dharmesh was appointed as a Commissioning Lead in June 2012. In Greater Manchester he chairs the Primary Care Advisory Group and sits on the GM Health and Social Care Strategic partnership board on behalf of whole optometric profession.  On the board, Dharmesh on behalf of primary care and optometry, has parity of voting rights with other key health and social care partners such as Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital Trusts and NHS England.

He is Greater Manchester’s Local Eye Health Network Chair and also Chairman of the board of directors of GM Primary Eyecare – one of the first and largest regional LOC companies in England. Dharmesh sits on Stockport LOC. 

Dharmesh was a key player in the work to establish the Integrated Eye Service in East Lancashire and has unrivalled experience of service redesign and business cases for competitive tendering and ‘any qualified provider’ bids.

He continues to practice optometry at Dixon Optometrists in Stockport where he is a director and senior optometrist.

Dharmesh is also a former chairman of The Eyecare Trust and is a WOPEC Lead Glaucoma Assessor. He is in the process of attaining independent prescribing qualifications and working towards an ILM Coaching and Mentoring qualification.


Richard Rawlinson

Richard Rawlinson, Commissioning LeadRichard Rawlinson joined LOCSU as a Commissioning Lead in April 2016. Richard qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1992 and has been a franchise practice owner for over 20 years. His Boots store practice is involved in a range of community services, in domiciliary services and diabetic screening as well as recently negotiating MECS, Glaucoma and Cataract schemes.

Richard is a qualified retinal grader and has also provided OPDR services for Walsall Manor Hospital. He sits on Walsall LOC and is the ABDO representative on the UK Domiciliary Eyecare Committee. He is involved with the provision of CET for ABDO Area 3, and also facilitates peer review sessions at the annual Eyecare Conference.

Richard served as a Director of Vision Aid Overseas responsible for the integration of Vision Centres and optometry services into ophthalmology departments and hospitals throughout Africa.


Zoe Richmond, Commissioning Lead

Zoe Richmond

Zoe has provided support as a Commissioning Lead to LOCs and Primary Eyecare Companies since 2011 and is a core team member of the LEHN covering the North East and Cumbria.

She has wide hands-on experience supporting high-profile ophthalmology service redesign programmes, supporting one of NHS England's Vanguards to successfully redesign services across Morecambe Bay and also the Success Regime in North Cumbria.

Zoe represents LOCSU on a number of national groups including the National Primary Care Network and Public Health England's Advisory group for Children's Vision Screening.

She holds postgraduate certificates in Leadership Skills and Ophthalmic Public Health. As an experienced member of the LOCSU team, she provides mentoring support to LOCSU’s new Commissioning Leads and is currently working towards an ILM Coaching and Mentoring qualification.

Zoe also works as an optometrist in an independent practice in North Yorkshire and has been a member of Tees LOC for more than 20 years.


Martin Russ

Martin Russ joined LOCSU in April 2016 as a Commissioning Lead. Martin is an experienced optical practice development and training consultant. He co-founded the practice training and development company Total Marketing Resource (TMR). Prior to this he worked for Pilkington Barnes-Hind (contact lenses) in sales and technical management roles.

He recently sold his share in a group of four independent practices he ran in East Anglia, where he was supportive of the local community pathway initiatives.


Nizz Sabir

Nizz Sabir, Commissioning Lead

Nizz Sabir works as an independent Optometrist. He is a committee member of Rotherham & Barnsley LOC and North and North East Lincolnshire LOC. He is an executive director of the Primary Eyecare (North Yorkshire and Humber) Ltd.

Nizz has completed the Leadership course in Optometry and Ophthalmic Public Health.  He has worked with his local Public Health team and Health and Wellbeing board to increase the awareness of the role of Optometry and the LOC locally.

He has a keen passion to engage with stakeholders and increase the awareness of the role Optometry and the Optometric Profession provides in the Health and well being of society.


Simone Mason - Digital Learning Support Officer 

Simone Mason is Digital Learning Support Officer leading support for CGPLs in the sector. Simone is a Dispensing Optician with more than 25 years' experience and a member of Solihull LOC where she is a CGPL. Simone is also ABDO sub-regional lead for the Midlands and The North of England. She holds a postgraduate certificate in Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals and, in March 2017, passed the LOCSU Clinical Governance and Performance Lead course.


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Dates for the diary

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

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Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

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Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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