Professional Team


Craig Wilcox

Craig graduated from the Witwatersrand School of Optometry in Johannesburg South Africa. He then completed his UK registration as well as postgraduate certification through the New England College of Optometry in the USA. He recently completed the independent prescribers speciality (IP).

Before entering into his current comprehensive eye care practice, Craig has served as a staff Optometrist at Baragwanath teaching hospital in South Africa as well as Clinical Director of a group of optical practices spread throughout southern Africa. He has lectured nationally and internationally, specifically on communication and reading rehabilitation. He is a member of the British College of Optometry, British Contact Lens Association and British Association of Behavioural Optometrists.

Michelle Wilcox

Michelle graduated from the University of Durban-Westville in 1990 with a Bachelor of optometry (B. Optom) degree. She had her own practice in Durban before opening a Classic Eyes branch in Umhlanga Rocks in 1998. Michelle completed her UK qualifying exams (MBCO) in 2002 and moved to the UK in 2017 to join Craig Wilcox at Classic Eyes in Bournemouth and Poole.

Michelle specialises in contact lens fitting and has a special interest in myopia control (Ortho-K)

Najin Hipkiss – locum optometrist

Najin graduated from Aston University in 2001 with BSc (Hons) Optometry. She then passed the professional qualifying exam in 2002, registered with the General Optical Council & became a member of the UK College of Optometrists. She has since registered with the New Zealand Optometrists Board and completed a Postgraduate Course in Ocular Therapeutics at Auckland University, New Zealand (Cert.Oc.Pharm) in 2009.

She returned to the UK and joined Classic Eyes as locum optometrist in 2011. Najin enjoys Contact Lens fitting and Dry eye management. In 2016, Najin passed the Cardiff University exams in Minor Eye Condition Services and the Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Scheme.

Dispensing Opticians

Lucy Freeman

Lucy began her career in optics in 1997 and worked for a few leading multiple practices before becoming a member of the Classic Eyes team in 2001. She qualified as a Dispensing optician in 2002 and have enjoyed sharing her knowledge with the optical assistants at Classic eyes, to enable them to become more proficient in giving advice and assistance to patients. With Classic Eyes embracing innovative optical technology whenever possible, she finds the continued skills training to make her job the more interesting and enjoyable. Lucy is responsible for the high standard set in the workshop as well as the continued education and increased skills set of all the optical assistants in both practices.

Child Vision Therapist

Josie Jimmy

Josie qualified from Worcester University in 2010 with a teaching degree and then went on to specialise in the relationship between vision and learning with the British Association of Behavioural Optometry (BABO). She joined Classic Eyes as an optical assistant but continued in accumulating skills to help patients secure visual skills to support all areas of learning and development. She is also a senior Reading Plus® consultant and have helped many patients improve their reading skills. She currently runs full time clinics from our Penn Hill practice.

Locum Optometrists

At Classic Eyes we employ the best optometrists from around the world to give professional cover whenever needed. These optometrists are all specialists in their field and bring an added dimension of skill and learning to the practice.

UK Opticians