About Pople and Broad Opticians
The Practice was opened in 1934 by Percival Robert Gray, along with branches at Seaford, Newhaven and Uckfield. James Pople (Robert’s father) became a partner in the early 50’s, and Robert joined the firm in 1968 after qualifying from the City University London. These were great days when the part time business developed into a busy full time one.
Interestingly, spectacle fashions have just about turned full circle, with today’s retro styles being identical to those that were being dispensed in 1968! In 1982 on my James Pople’s retirement the remaining Partners opted to go their own way, and Robert Pople took over Heathfield trading under my own name.
So, Pople and Broad has been operating in Heathfield for over 80 years, offering a friendly service to residents of Heathfield, Horam, Cross-in-Hand, Uckfield, Hailsham, Broad Oak and surrounding areas.
Joanne Broad BSc MCOptom
Optometrist with 25 years experience in eye care. Joanne has run the practice for 7 years with her husband James. Together they offer a wealth of experience; Joanne is our principle optometrist , trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
“I would like to think that I offer a calm relaxed approach to my patients and put them at ease with sensible advice regarding their vision care and eye health.”
James Smith SMC tech
Dispensing Manager / Lab Technician
My thirty year optical career started with spectacle frame design and manufacture in 1985, where I gathered vital experience in adjustments and knowledge on repairs. Laboratory and Dispensing work followed completing the SMC tech qualification in London city university. I have worked mainly in high end London opticians achieving a very precise skill to my work and pride myself on this today.
I joined Pople and Broad in 2007 and now my wife Joanne and I are moving the practice forward with our experience, patience and care to our patients – we are extremely proud of our practice and enjoy our work immensely.
Colin Davidson BSc FCOptom Dip TP (IP)
Colin studied at Aston University in Birmingham, graduating in 1987. He has worked in a variety of optical roles and currently divides his time between Pople and Broad, Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton and College of Optometrists, where he is involved with training and educating optometry students.
As an independent prescribing optometrist Colin enjoys the challenges of being able to treat a variety of eye conditions in practice.
Alan Stone BA(hons) FBDO
Part Time Dispensing Optician
“I started working in Optics in 2002 at a small independent practice after completing my A levels, and immediately started training as a Dispensing Optician in London. In 2010, I decided to further my career by branching out into Audiology, learning how to test hearing and fit hearing aids, completing my Foundation degree in 2012. I now enjoy working in both Optics and Audiology and can offer a full service including Micro suction ear wax removal.“