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Team

Our expert team have a wealth of experience from across the optical and healthcare sectors including clinical, governance, management and IT. The head office team is supported by a large team of Clinical Governance and Performance Leads who work across the country supporting CCGs and optical practices to establish and maintain our eye care services.

Dharmesh Patel

Dharmesh Patel

Chief Executive Officer

Dharmesh brings unrivalled expertise to his role as CEO, with a strong clinical pedigree as well as wide-ranging expertise in service design and procurement. Dharmesh has been involved in the creation and leadership of primary eyecare companies since their inception in 2013. He is a committee member of Greater Manchester East LOC and Chairman of the Greater Manchester Optometry Provider Board and a former Chair of both GM LEHN and the Eyecare Trust. Dharmesh is Primary Eyecare’s Registered Manager for CQC.

Rupesh Bagdai

Rupesh Bagdai

Chief Governance Officer

Rupesh has in-depth knowledge and experience of governance and safeguarding matters and expertise in Root Cause Analysis, as well as over 20 years clinical experience in multiples, independents and domiciliary care. He has undertaken a variety of leadership roles in the industry including Cheshire LOC and working for LOCSU as a Commissioning Lead.

Matthew Jinkinson

Matthew Jinkinson

Clinical Director

Matthew has wide ranging experience and interests which complement his role at Primary Eyecare, being an optometrist in his family-run independent opticians and the Chair of GM East LOC. Matthew is clinical chair of Greater Manchester LEHN and is the North Region LOC representative on the board of LOCSU.

Dan Nguyen

Medical Director

Dan’s career to date has included specialist surgical fellowships in the UK and Australia as well as Lead Clinician and Consultant roles. His expertise encompasses the full range of general ophthalmic conditions and he has special interests in customised cataract surgery and the medical and surgical management of all forms of glaucoma. He leads the Glaucoma service at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Claire Dickens

Claire Dickens

Project Manager

Claire brings a wealth of management and leadership experience from across the healthcare sector to her role as Project Manager, with particular knowledge of NHS Strategy and community pharmacy. Prior to joining Primary Eyecare, Claire was the Deputy CEO and Service Development Manager at Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Claire has also been an adviser to the GM Health and Social Care Partnership Board, and Chief Officer of Manchester LPC.

Lindsey Flynn

Lindsey Flynn

Lead Service Co-Ordinator

Lindsey has significant knowledge and experience in the optical sector having worked for several local LOCs prior to joining PES. She also has excellent knowledge and understanding of the broader healthcare landscape, having been a PCT Contract Service Supervisor covering Optical, Dental, Pharmacy and GP contracts for 20 years as well as working for the Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, In addition to being Lead Service Co-Ordinator, Lindsey has particular responsibility for the North and Essex regions.

Other Members of the Primary Eyecare Team

Service Co-ordinators

Lisa Mather
Helen Haywood

Referral Management

Kay Hooper
Dave Bonner

Clinical Governance and Performance Leads

Alex Howard
Amy Hughes
Ankur Trivedi
Anna Buxton
Debbie Graham
Dimple Mehta
Gordon Elliott
Jagdeep Singh
Jane Bell
Julia Maiden
Lisa Gibson
Maggie Glover
Naomi Smith
Nasir Ghulam
Nizz Sabir
Rebecca Rietdyke
Sana Asif
Sheila Purser
Simone Mason
Timothy Bagot
Tom Mackley
Victoria Merrett
Wasim Sarwar
Wendy Craven