Alan Arnott BSc(Hons) MCOptom DipTP(IP) Dip SV


Having worked across a range of optical practices since qualifying in 1993, Alan, with his wife Gill, founded his Independent Community Optometrists in 2007. He holds a Diploma in Sports Vision and recently gained his Diploma in Therapeutic Prescribing, becoming an Independent Prescriber in 2016. He is an avid rugby fan and closely follows the fortunes of both Ulster and Ireland. He is also a keen runner and occasional cyclist, having completed 3 marathons and a charity bike ride – raising over £30,000 for charity in the process.

Gillian Arnott BA(Hons)


Gill gained her degree in Consumer and Management Studies in 1992. She worked in a variety of management positions in the retail sector before giving up work to become a full-time mum in 2001. Gill and Alan now have 3 sons – none of whom are showing any interest in joining the family business. When in practice, Gill assists with reception, dispensing, window dressing and anything else needing done! When she has spare time, Gill likes to paint and in her husband’s opinion is a talented artist!

Janice Brown FBDO

Dispensing Optician

The most recent addition to our team, Janice qualified in 2015 and joined us in 2016, having previously worked and trained in practices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Outside of work, Janice likes to keep fit, is a keen pianist and is currently learning Italian.

Carolyn Dickson


Carolyn joined us in 2015 in a move from dentistry into optometry. Prior to this she worked for a number of years in the insurance sector. Carolyn works part-time for us and outside work is a busy mum to her 2 daughters.

Paul Kelly

Dispensing Technician

Paul joined the practice in 2011 having previously trained as an optical technician, before becoming a dispensing assistant and latterly, assistant-manager of a large multiple optical practice. He is responsible for the ordering, assembly and checking of all the spectacles we dispense. He is also a genius when it comes to repairing the seemingly irreparable frame! When not in work, Paul is a keen footballer, playing several times a week, every week.

Arlene Morrison BSc(Hons) MCOptom DipTP(IP)


Arlene began her career as a Hospital Optometrist having qualified in 1994. She later progressed into private practice before moving to Australia in xxxx, where she practiced in Sydney for X years. Luckily for us, she decided to return to Scotland, and joined our practice in 2013. Arlene recently gained her Diploma in Therapeutic Prescribing, becoming an Independent Prescriber in 2016. Out of work, Arlene is a keen runner, having run numerous half-marathons and 2 full marathons, her most recent being the London Marathon in 2016.

Susan Paterson FBDO

Dispensing Optician/Practice Manager

Susan is our longest serving member of staff. She qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1997 and worked in several independent optometrists before joining us as practice manager in 2009. Susan works part-time as she combines her career with being a busy mum of two children.