Alicia Thompson began her career in optics over 30 years ago as an optical technician, qualifying as a dispensing optician in 1994 and managing an optical practice. Alicia went on to work as clinic manager at Aston University for over ten years and was involved in informal teaching as well as qualifying as an examiner for ABDO. In 2006, she completed the Level 7 qualification in Spectacle Lens Design and in 2008 was appointed director of professional exams for ABDO. Alicia obtained her degree through Canterbury Christ Church University and has recently submitted her PhD thesis at Aston University, looking into paediatric facial anthropometry in relation to spectacle design. In addition, Alicia runs specialist paediatric dispensing clinics in Birmingham.