Meet The Team

Blenkinsop Opticians are a team of highly qualified staff who are passionate about offering a great customer experience

Optometrists Team

Our team of highly qualified Optometrists are passionate about offering you a great customer experience. Between them they have completed further Optometric qualifications such as Certificates in Glaucoma and managing Minor Eye Conditions. As such we are able to offer our patients Enhanced services such as Glaucoma Referral Refinement Schemes, Ocular hypertensive monitoring schemes and Community Ophthalmic Referral Refinement Schemes that can help detect and manage conditions such as red eyes, dry eyes and flashes and floaters.

Colin BlenkinsopBSc, FBDO, MCOptom, Prof Cert Glaucoma
Colin leads our team of experienced professional colleagues and has a lifelong passion for Optics, starting his career over 40 years ago. Having recently completed The College of Optometrists Certificate in Glaucoma his passion for Optometry has never left him. Outside of work he can be found with family and friends. He enjoys cycling, sailing, golfing, clay shooting and appreciates the odd glass of wine. He enjoys talking to his patients about their lifestyle and how that relates to their eyewear needs.
Jenny BlenkinsopBSc, MCOptom, Prof Cert Glaucoma
Jenny joined the family business after qualifying as an Optometrist in 2007. Since then Jenny has gained higher professional qualifications in Minor Eye Conditions and has a Certificate in Glaucoma from The College of Optometrists. She has experience in chairing the Local Optical Committee in Leeds and has qualifications in Leadership for Optical Professionals. When away from work Jenny enjoys spending time with her young family and practicing yoga. She understands the demands of a modern parent and enjoys offering her younger patients a sight test that is enjoyable and in a non-threatening environment.
Vicky EmsleyBSc, MCOptom
Vicky has worked as an Optometrist for over 30 years. During her career she has taken a keen interest in keeping up to date with her clinical skills and the latest technology. She has worked in both hospital clinics working alongside Ophthalmologists and in private independent practices. Vicky is passionate about offering great customer care. When Vicky’s not working she enjoys hill walking, painting and spending time with her family and friends.

Dispensing Team

Vivien BlenkinsopDispensing Optician
Vivien started her career in optics over 40 years ago. She is passionate about helping you find spectacles that you look and feel great in! Not only does Viv have lots of experience in fitting and dispensing spectacles, her experience also includes qualifications as a contact lens fitter. Today she can be found wearing her daily disposable multifocal contact lenses for social occasions and sport, as well as enjoying wearing her stylish spectacles for everyday use. She is very active in her spare time and enjoys playing tennis, walking the dog, keep fit and running after her young grandchildren.
Andrew BensleyDispensing Optician FBDO
Andy is our Dispensing Manager and has been in optics for over 20 years starting off working for a multiple in one of their flagship stores. He joined the team at Blenkinsops over 10 years ago. During his time here he has taken on a keen role in frame buying and enjoys choosing spectacle frames from our suppliers with our specific patients in mind. In his free time he records Podcasts and is an enthusiastic video gamer. His son has decided to pursue a career in optics and is studying to become an Optometrist.
Karen JohnsonOptical Support / Clinical Assistant
Karen began her career in optics with us in 2013. During this time Karen has gained her Diploma in Optical Support and is an enthusiastic member of our team. She enjoys the fashion aspect of optics and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Lab Technicians

DaveSMC (Tech)
Dave is our qualified SMC (tech) lab technician. He began his career in optics with us in 2008. Dave and the spectacle glazing lab mean we have excellent quality control over our spectacles.

Reception Team

With a wealth of experience in customer services Lesley, Mandy, Shelly and Dawn make up our friendly yet professional reception team. They are happy to help you with any enquiries you may have be it to arrange an appointment or simply to discuss your eyecare needs. To speak to a member of our reception team please call our Garforth practice on 0113 2862909 or our Goole practice on 01405 763439.