Group Directors & Sales/Marketing

Lenstec Optical Group has an established position in the optical world and offers a wealth of experience within the optical industry.

The Lenstec Optical Group director and upper management team consists of:

Nigel Castle – Managing Director

40 years within the Optical industry has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in Sales and Production, Nigel has successfully grown and developed Lenstec since the early years with just three employees in 1987. Tant Laboratories joined the Group in 2010 and Rawdon Optical in 2014. Leading from the front Nigel provides hands on support in all key areas of the business.

Gez Donovan – Finance Director

Formerly MD of Tant Laboratories and now strengthening the Lenstec Optical Group board since 2010. Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), 20 years senior finance and operational management roles in manufacturing, retail and financial services.

Paul Willis – Commercial Sales Director

Paul started in Optics in 1988 working in production for 12 years prior to joining The Essilor Group for a field based sales role. Most recently having held Commercial Director roles for BBGR, Infield Safety and Norville Optical, Paul is now pleased to be using his manufacturing and sales experience to support Lenstec customers and work together to help develop their businesses.

Ceri-Anne Beecham FCCA – Group Financial Controller

Ceri-Anne is a Chartered Certified accountant who joined Lenstec Optical group in 2021. Ceri-Anne obtained a finance degree and completed her accountancy training within Pricewaterhouse Coopers private client compliance team. Since qualifying Ceri-Anne has gained a broad depth of finance experience, working within a range of industries from manufacturing medical equipment to car finance.

Sales and Marketing Team


Azzy Ahmed – Regional Sales Manager Scotland  & N.Ireland

Since graduating as a Chemist, pursued a career in sales. Having worked in medical sales for major pharmaceutical companies.

Started in Optical sales with Rodenstock Lenses . What I love about my role with Lenstec Optical Group is strategizing with ECPs , setting goals and reaching these goals. This is easily achievable due to the diversity of what Lenstec Optical Group can provide as a “one stop shop” for all optical requirements.

Outside of work, my passion is horseriding and charity work.


Linda Brown – Regional Sales Manager North West

With a foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from ABDO and over two decades of experience in despensing, Practice Management and Account Management for leading optical branches.

Lisa is looking forward meeting you and sharing her passion for optical excellance.


Gary Allum – Regional Sales Manager North East

Gary has been in the eyewear industry since 1996, firstly with Safilo UK, a subsidiary of Safilo Spa as General Manager Operations & Key Accounts & more recently as Sales Director with Pennine Optical Group prior to the acquisition by Lenstec Optical Group.


Ian Rosie – Regional Sales Manager Midlands & South

Ian has been in optics since leaving school and obtained his SMCTech whilst working in the retail sector, before beginning a 14 year career at Sinclair Optical. Prior to joining the Lenstec Optical Group Sales Team he held a UK Sales Manager position at The Norville Group.


Matthew Maguire – Regional Sales Manager Wales & West

Matthew has a wealth of knowledge in the Lenstec production system and previously held the post of Lens Production Manager for 8 years before developing his role as Sales Manager.