Independant Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners in Ashford, Kent


Cecil House, Norwood Street, Ashford, TN23 1QT


Dr. Huw Pinney

Director and Lead Optometrist
Our longest serving practicing Optometrist, Dr Huw Pinney has gained a wealth of experience since graduating from City University in 1984 and gaining his Doctorate in Visual Science in 1992. Having worked in practices across South London and Kent, Huw and his wife Helen became the owners of Brownbills Optometrists in 1994. Continuing to play an active role in Optometry in the community, Huw is heavily involved in the Local Optical Committee, is a director of Primary Eye Care (Kent and Medway) Ltd, and has been one of the driving forces behind the development of Primary Eye Care pathways in East Kent. As well as being accredited to offer eye and contact lens examinations, Huw is also experienced in post-operative cataract care, MECS, TearClinic and CGN examinations.

Mrs Helen Pinney

Director and Practice Manager


Mrs Michelle Newton

Senior Optometrist
B.Sc.(Hons.), M.C.Optom
After graduating from Manchester University in the Millennium year, Michelle became the newest member of our team when she joined the practice in early 2019. Despite her brief time with us so far, Michelle brings with her a wealth of experience in Optometry stemming for over 20 years working in other Independent Ophthalmic practices in Kent. With a keen interest in behavioural Optometry, Michelle is also experienced in eye and contact lens examinations and post-operative cataract care.

Mr AJ Bester

Senior Optometrist
B.Optom MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc
AJ qualified as an optometrist in South Africa in 2011 and has worked in various independent practices over the years, gaining valuable clinical and practice management experience. He received an additional Prof Cert Glaucoma qualification from Cardiff University in 2019. AJ is particularly passionate about community glaucoma monitoring and emergency eye care. He is also a keen myopia management practitioner, including orthokeratology. He likes keeping up with new developments in the eyecare world.

Practice Staff

Mrs Sarah Sydnes

Pre-Reg Dispensing Optician

Mr Jack Thomson

Optical Assistant

Miss Sue Harrison

Optical Assistant

Mrs Emily O'Kelly

Dispensing Advisor

Mrs Joanne Morgan