Meet our team

Helen Tilley, Joint owner of Monnow Eyecare.
Helen has been a qualified optometrist for over 20 years. She now works part time as she balances the needs of her family with working at Monnow Eyecare.

A lot of her spare time is spent on the river Wye rowing with the women’s crew at Monmouth rowing club.

Helen is particularly interested in emergency eyecare and is quite often removing bits of metal when local farmers have forgotten to wear goggles.

She also sits on the board of the opticians national trade organisation which helps her to keep up with all the latest developments in the optical world.

Barbara Ryan
Barbara has worked in the practice for since 2003, but also devotes a significant amount of her time to managing the low vision service in Wales for the Welsh government and also is a director of the post graduate centre for Optometrists in Cardiff

She is really passionate about helping people with low vision and gained a PHD in the subject. Having worked in a hospital department earlier in her career, Barbara also loves fitting specialist contact lenses.

Mike George
Mike has been a qualified optometrist since 1998.  His clinical interests include providing eye care for children and adults with all levels of ability, particularly those who cannot communicate in the usual way such as infants and young children, children with special needs and adults with intellectual disability.

He has been an associate tutor at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff since 2001 and has been an optometry adviser to health boards since 2005. He represents Wales on the Council of the Association of Optometrists.

In his spare time, he plays the viola with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra.

Cerys Parker-Williams
Cerys graduated from the University of Cardiff in 2004, and since then she has been working mostly with independent opticians. She is a qualified Eye Health Examinations Wales (EHEW) and Low Vision practitioner through EHEW Eye Health Wales. Within the field of optometry, Cerys is especially interested in Red Eye Acute Disease.

She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter.


Fliss has worked at Monnow Eyecare since 2008 as the fulltime member of the reception team, in 2010 she qualified as an Opthomic Dispensing Assistant and an Opticmetric Clinical Assistant, she has great customer facing skills and enjoys all her interactions with the patients. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, walking and socializing with her friends.


Jess Horler
Jess Horler has worked part-time as a member of the reception team at Monnow Eyecare since 2012 after spending 26 years working in Retail and HR, she loves the customer interaction and enjoys expanding her knowledge and interest in optics. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, renovating her house and garden.

Lesley qualified as a dispensing optician in 2002 and has been part of Monnow Eyecare’s dispensing team since 2012. She brings an extensive level of knowledge of frames and lenses to the practice and loves a challenge! In her spare time she enjoys painting and walking holidays with her husband.

Dan is the newest member to the Monnow Eyecare team starting in 2014. He has worked in optics for over 14 years and has qualified as a optical lab technician (SMC tech) and Dispensing Optician (FBDO).

Jason graduated from Cardiff University in July 2013 and completed his pre-registration year training at Monnow Eyecare, under the guidance of Helen, Mike, Cerys and Barbara. He graduated from the College of Optometrists in July 2014 and now works as our Monday optometrist.

He has a keen interest in eye diseases, as he used to work as an ophthalmic photographer in Bristol Eye Hospital, before starting his training as an optometrist. He enjoys networking with other optical professionals and raising awareness of topics within the profession, which helped him win Student Optometrist of the Year in 2012.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, watching local football and social networking – operating both the Monnow Eyecare and his own optometry-related social network feeds.

Practice hours
monday to friday: 8.30am -5.30pm
saturdays: 8.30am -1.00pm
monnow eyecare email

tel: 01600 715 299

monnow eyecare address
11 Cinderhill St
NP25 5EY