Grafton Optical is one of the UK's leading suppliers of ophthalmic instruments, equipping and servicing independent and larger chain opticians as well as Britain's universities and hospitals.

Established in 1982, Grafton's reputation is based on our ability to source and supply the finest ophthalmic equipment at the best possible value for our customers. As an independent company we can choose the best instruments from across the world, without pressure or compromise.

We have also built robust and long lasting relationships with our suppliers which have enabled us to provide our customers with the first-class support they deserve.


Brian Bowles 


Brian Bowles has been Managing Director of Grafton Optical since he purchased the company in 1982. During this time he has sucessfully steered the company through three recessions and has recently relocated the Grafton offices to the idyllic location of Berkhamsted.


During the life of Grafton Optical, Brian has seen big changes in the technology incorporated in ophthalmic instruments. He is very proud of the Grafton equipment range and the Sales and Service teams who provide unrivalled customer service to Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians throughout the UK and Eire.

Trevor Sharvell

Area Sales Manager

Trevor has worked at Grafton Optical for over 27 years, firstly building his knowledge as an instruments technician before moving into sales. Trevor covers the south west of England and all of Eire. 

Outside of work, Trevor's interests include sea fishing, motor shows and watching sports.

David Thickens

Chief Executive Officer

David joined Grafton Optical over ten years ago, first fulfilling an ophthalmic engineering role before moving into sales and most recently a combined management role. 

David is now responsible for both Hospital and Optician accounts and enjoys demonstrating new products and equipment. David currently covers the North of England. 

Outside of work David's interests include cycling and football.

Andrew Robson

Area Sales Manager

Andrew has 16 years of experience selling Heine diagnostic instruments in the UK and Ireland. Over the past 10 years he has focused his efforts on offering support to optometry schools across the country.

Outside of work, Andrew's interests include cycling, rugby union and spotting super cars.

Bob Keating

Sales Manager

Bob joined Grafton Optical in 1984. During his time with the company his roles have included working as Warehouse Operative, Service Engineer, Stock Control & Purchasing, Area Sales Manager, Service Manager and most recently Sales Manager.

The advancement of technology during this time has been revolutionary and Bob prides himself on being able to provide his customers with the latest advancements in eye detection, contributing to the ongoing prevention of sight loss.

Outside of work Bob's interest include gardening and sports. He is an avid season ticket holder for Watford FC.

Jon Lines

Sales & Service Representative

Jon has a strong and varied background in the optical industry, with over 12 years of experience at Grafton Optical. He has extensive knowledge of the Grafton equipment range and will be pleased to support and advise on the best equipment to suit your needs.

Jon is also a skilled service engineer and is able to service and repair most instruments at your own premises.

In his spare time, Jon enjoys most sports and spending time with his young family.

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