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Meet the Team


Mr Victor Cottam Practice Owner / Optometrist

Optometrist and owner of the practice, Mr Victor Cottam is a highly experienced clinician. Respected throughout the profession, he has been an elected councillor for the Association of Optometrists and is chairman of the Local Optometric Committee. He attends training events throughout the year and always invests in new technology. His friendly manner means his patients return year after year. His spare time is mainly taken up by his Grandad duties.

Ceri Smith

Ceri Smith-Jaynes Therapeutic Optometrist

Ceri Smith-Jaynes qualified in 2000 and has worked with Mr Cottam for 8 years. She also works as a clinical editor for the professional magazine Optometry Today, which means she keeps at the forefront of new developments in optics. She has presented at conferences on eye health topics for her peers and the local eye charity N-Vision. As a media spokesperson for the Association of Optometrists, she has appeared in national press and on radio on a range of eye-related topics. Ceri is an independent prescriber, which means she can prescribe treatment for eye diseases and infections.

Nicky Hutchinson

Nicky Hutchinson Practice Manager

Nicky Hutchinson Practice Manager joined us in 2004 and has been in optics over 34 years. During this time she has been involved with all aspects of the profession from the lens laboratory and repairs workshop to dispensing spectacles and has been in the management sector over 30 years. She has built up a considerable expertise in Zeiss high-performance lenses including their latest digital designs.In her spare time she travels around the country with her husband and daughter ,who is an accomplished equestrian showjumper.

Jenna O’Neill

Jenna O’Neill Dispensing Optician

Jenna O’Neill, Dispensing Optician, has been at Cottam and Glaister since 2006. Jenna qualified as a dispensing optician in 2015 and has a university degree in ophthalmic dispensing. She enjoys all aspects of working in practice, learning about advancing technology and breakthroughs in equipment and products. When not in practice she loves spending time with her husband Stuart, their three boys and Reggie the dog.


Sarah Bentley Optometrist

Sarah Bentley qualified in 1996 and ran her own independent practice in Garstang for 10 years. Sarah is an active member of the Lancashire Optical Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.


Rebecca Murphy Optical assistant

Rebecca joined the team in 2017, with extensive experience in customer service. She assists the optometrists with some of the clinical examinations and is continuing to expand her role in the practice with on-going education and training. Outside work, she likes to spend time with her fiancée and four children. Rebecca is a master of creative cake baking.


Becca Byrne Optical Assistant

Becca Byrne has been an optical assistant at Cottam and Glaister for the past nine years. She enjoys her time at work due to the nature of each patient being unique and individual. In her spare time she enjoys regular trips to her childhood home, Tenerife, with her little boy and husband. Becca speaks fluent Spanish.

Ruth Hardman

Ruth Hardman Optical Assistant

Ruth joined the team in 2019, bringing 16 years of optical experience with her. She is the first point of contact you’ll meet at the reception desk. Her talents include horse riding and swimming and she’s a whizz on a Jet Ski.