About Us

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27 Church Street, Stanwix Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9DJ.
01228 510896
Opening Hours:
Monday: 8:45am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:45am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:45am - 5:30pm
Friday: 8:45am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:45am - 12:30pm
Sunday: Closed
We are Closed on Bank Holidays

Our Team

David McWilliams BSc Hons MCOptom

Optometrist (Director)

David has been a qualified Optometrist since 1982. He decided to set up independently in order to give each patient as much time and attention as he felt was required for a thorough eye examination and to ensure that each patient leaves feeling happy with his recommendation.

Daphne McWilliams

Accounts Manager (Director)

Although Daphne started front of house she is now mainly located in the office organising everything behind the scenes. She is a long time spectacle and contact lens wearer and likes to try all the latest products.

Laura Rudd BSc Hons MCOptom


Laura graduated from Cardiff University in 2006 and has been practicing with us since 2015. Over the last 10 years she has worked for Conlons and Boots Opticians and has many patients who have followed her due to the excellence of her care and professionalism.

Beth Porter BSc Hons FBDO

Dispensing Optician (Director)

Beth qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2015, enjoys the technical side of spectacle frames and lens design and loves to keep up to date on the latest fashions and trends. She specialises in and offers Colourimetry Testing in practice for Visual Stress and associated symptoms.

Dale Hedley FBDO

Dispensing Optician

Dale joined us from Boots Opticians in 2016 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2019. He has 13 years of experience in optics and is a self-described 'technical geek' who enjoys a good challenge, especially in sports specialty dispensing or fashionable, great looking spectacles for children with complex visual needs.

Gail Braddock

Optical Advisor

After David and Daphne, Gail is the longest standing team member. Gail is a good listener who feels it is important to feel confident as well as comfortable in your chosen spectacles. She is very particular and has a great eye for detail. Speak to Gail about her office lenses.

Optical Advisor

Anne is passionate about frames and enjoys choosing the new styles which will be in store. She has been wearing spectacles since childhood and so understands the importance of loving your spectacle frame. Anne has been in Optics for 21 years and enjoys the day to day patient interaction.

Optical Advisor

Lily joined us in January 2015 bringing years of experience with her from Conlons Opticians. As a confident Optical Advisor she is always willing to give an honest opinion on frame choice regarding fit and style.

Jill Elliott

Optical Advisor

Jill has had a long career in optics and has worked for Opticians in Hexham and Dollond & Aitchison in the past. Since she joined us in 2018 she has brought all that knowledge and experience to our practice and to our patients.

Optical Receptionist

Danielle joined our team in 2013 and is one of our Optical Receptionists. She is a friendly face in practice to greet our patients, loves to chat and build a rapport with anyone who calls in and assists with our Peripheral Vision Screening examinations.

Optical Receptionist

Gillian is the friendly and caring face of our practice and joined us in 2019. She is dedicated and welcoming to all our patients and has made an instant connection with many of our long standing visitors.

  • D&D McWilliams Opticians, 27 Church Street, Stanwix, Carlisle, CA3 9DJ