Doug Perkins FBOA DCLP, Joint Group CEO and Co-founder, Specsavers
A qualified and registered optometrist of more than 50 years, Doug studied optometry at the Welsh College of Advanced Technology in Cardiff (now Cardiff University).
Doug is accountable for the overall success of the Specsavers Partnership. He also has specific responsibilities for driving professional standards and influencing the regulatory agenda across all Specsavers markets.
With his wife Dame Mary, he established Specsavers’ joint venture partnership model in 1984 with the vision of making eye care more affordable. There are currently more than 1,700 partners in the UK and Republic of Ireland alone, of whom 548 have been with the Partnership for at least 10 years.
The Specsavers Partnership now comprises almost 2,000 locally-run businesses in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Specsavers is a champion of the NHS – of its 20.3m customers in the UK, 60% are from the NHS and the company is the largest provider of free NHS digital hearing aids. Specsavers is the largest employer of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians in the UK (around 3,500).
Doug supports several UK charities including Royal National Institute for Blind People, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and Vision Aid Overseas, for whom Specsavers stores have raised enough funds to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eyecare outreach clinics in many parts of the country.
Doug has an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University and Honorary Doctorates from Anglia Ruskin and Plymouth Universities.