Kate Clayton started her career on a Vision Express apprenticeship aged just 17, before quickly climbing the career ladder. Now, with just over two decades of experience with the company, the HR director has been shortlisted to win at this September’s Personnel Today Awards.
Overseeing Vision Express’ 4,500 strong workforce across its network of 390 stores in the UK and Ireland, Kate from Nottingham has managed significant change within the business. A strong competitor for the HR Director of the Year title, Kate’s achievements have included retaining staff and maintaining peer satisfaction during crucial milestones including four acquisitions, the company’s support office relocation, the opening of its new central lab facility and the introduction of new financial and operational systems.
“Our people are at the heart of everything we do, so ensuring they are looked after to give our customers the first-class service they expect, is fundamental to our business,” says Jonathan Lawson, CEO at Vision Express. “Kate is an integral leader within Vision Express and a team member who always leads by example. We are extremely proud of her shortlist, it is very well deserved.”
Vision Express has also been shortlisted in the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Midlands Awards in the Healthcare Campaign and Not-For-Profit categories, for its Vision Van.
A high-tech mobile eye testing unit, for over three years, the Vision Van has toured eye health ‘hotspots’ in the UK, targeting areas with a high prevalence of sight conditions, offering free eye tests to the public. Supporting awareness campaigns such as World Glaucoma Week, Macular Week, National Eye Health Week and Road Safety Week, Vision Express has profiled its charity partners while highlighting conditions including retinoblastoma, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Jonathan Lawson concludes: “The Vision Van has raised a huge level of awareness in each location it visits – taking the eye test to the people. A lot of hard work goes into getting it out on the road, so it is fantastic for the team to be recognised in these leading industry awards.”
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About Vision Express
Vision Express is one of the largest optical retailers in the UK and part of GrandVision,the global leader in optical retail operating in more than 40 countries, spanning over 6,500 stores and online.
With almost 400 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Built on a passion for the profession, it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value. Customers can select from a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.
With around 4,500 employees, Vision Express makes a significant difference to the communities it operates within, and the organisations it chooses to support. As part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, Vision Express is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charity Project and include:
- Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)
- International Glaucoma Association
- Macular Society
- Stroke Association
- Temple Street University Hospital