Neil Retallic has been a registered optometrist since 2006 and joined Specsavers in 2022 as head of professional development. He has a breadth of industry experience with previous roles as global professional services manager for Menicon and professional services manager for CooperVision. He has also been an optometry teaching fellow for the University of Manchester and visiting lecturer at Aston University. He is the current president of the BCLA and is a previous chair of the British and Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators. Neil has been awarded fellowships from the BCLA and IACLE.