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Meet the team

The team of ten at Sercombe and Matheson Opticians is made up of three optometrists,  three dispensing opticians, an optical technician, an optical assistant, a  receptionist and the practice manager. We're all Wellingtonians by choice. Wellington is a great place and it deserves to be seen clearly! We think that looking after your eyes should be a priority in life and we'd like to help you look after yours.

The Directors

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Roger Sercombe
Dispensing Optician

Roger started work in what was then his parents' business in 1987 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1991. A couple of years working in London in the early nineties widened his experience and he returned to the family business in 1994. These days, Roger's particular area of expertise is progressive (multifocal) glasses - many previously dissatisfied wearers have benefited from his advice and problem solving skills  2016 saw Roger become a multifocal spectacle wearer so now he can empathise as well as advise. Outside work, his interests include mountain biking, movies and watching his daughters play sport.

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Anne Matheson, BOptom (Auckland), CertOcPharm


Anne's Bachelor's degree dates from last  century but she completed Auckland University's Post-graduate Programme in Ocular Therapeutics  much more recently. Anne's particular work interests include multifocal contact lenses, diagnosing glaucoma, and social media.  She's a past president of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand and a former part-time Covid vaccinator. Anne is short-sighted and has been wearing glasses since she was eight and is now a multifocal wearer herself. She thinks the film festival is the highlight of the Wellington winter, and likes to swim outdoors in the summer. Anne works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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The Staff

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Natalie Beardsworth,  FBDO, BSc(Hons), MCOptom, MClinOptom

Originally a dispensing optician, Natalie studied optometry at the University of  Wales in Cardiff. After graduation in 2002 she worked as a hospital optometrist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and emigrated to New Zealand in 2004. Since joining Sercombe & Matheson in 2007 she has completed a Master's degree in Clinical Optometry and Australian College of Optometry's Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics in 2022. Her special interests include paediatric optometry and myopia control. She works at the paediatric clinics at Hutt Hospital and Wellington Hospital as well as working with us. Outside work Natalie enjoys good coffee, reading, and going on holiday.

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Annette Morgan B.Optom (Auckland), Cert Oc Pharm,

Annette is a very experienced optometrist who graduated from Auckland University in the same year as Anne. She's been working for Sercombe & Matheson on Wednesdays for a few years but 2023 sees her join us full time. She's the deputy chair of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board and is a past president of the New Zealand Association of Optometrists. She's a previous Mastermind winner and is now a vital member of a pub quiz team in Raumati. Her outside interests include stamps, English history, and gardening.

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Lynn Caulfield
Trainee Dispensing Optician


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Ian Bennett
Optical Technician

Ian's first job was working as a technician in a wholesale optical laboratory. Since then he has had a varied working life, including spending time as a cycle courier. Ian is a talented spectacle repairer  - the more challenging the job, the more satisfying he finds it. He has a sideline profession maintaining and installing lens edging machines around the country and occasionally further afield. Ian is a multifocal spectacle wearer. Ian is into tramping, climbing and cycling and he's a volunteer fire fighter and supporter of the Paekawakawa reserve in Island Bay. On the home front keeping chooks and gardening are steps on the way to becoming self-sufficient.

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Arnold Dela Cruz B.Sc
Dispensing Optician

After deciding medical school wasn't for him,  Arnold worked in pharmaceutical sales. He joined the optical industry when he moved from the Philippines to New Zealand in 2008, which was a  change that he's found satisfying and rewarding and he qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2013. Arnold loves the customer interaction involved in dispensing, especially the challenge of matching the customer's optical needs to their lifestyle needs. Outside work, he's acquired a Diploma in Business Management from Victoria University in Melbourne and he enjoys playing guitar and percussion, gardening, car maintenance, DIY projects, video games and going to the gym.

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Vanessa Sercombe
Practice Manager

Vanessa is a former early childhood teacher. 16 years educating and nurturing children, managing staff and running early childhood centres and community creches gave her an abundance of organisational and people skills which she applies to Sercombe and Matheson's business. Mildly shortsighted and an enthusiastic wearer of avant-garde glasses, she's delighted to be involved in both frame purchasing and sales. Helping our clients choose frames provides a nice contrast with the many administrative tasks she's involved in. Looking after her roses and managing her family keeps her busy outside work. 

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Isabelle Southwick

Trainee Dispensing Optician

Izzy hails from sunny Hawkes Bay, and joined us in late 2022. She has been a veterinary assistant, hospitality worker and charity fundraiser. Her next career move is becoming a dispensing optician and she's beginning formal training this year. 

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Monique Tobin, B.A.


Our newest team member, Monique became the face behind the Featherston Street practice's front desk in February 2021. Her prodigious memory (especially for names and faces) make her an ideal receptionist. She grew up in Whangarei and came to Wellington a few years ago to study at Victoria University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies in May this year. Monique has perfect eyesight but is enjoying wearing glasses as a fashion statement. When she's not at work, Monique loves to read.


quote Roger and the team provide high-level knowledge and customer service. Finding a trustworthy practice was life-changing and a relief after being supplied with poorly aligned glasses in the past, which made life difficult. They have a sensitive professional approach that puts the customer first"
Jane M.
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