Katherine Howard

Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Dispensing , Business Management

Research Supervision:Yes

Katherine is an experienced dispensing optician and supports our FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course and mainly practical aspects on our BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing. She has worked for several years as a Manager and Regional Trainer for David Clulow Opticians (Luxottica).



Katherine comes from a family of opticians and is the fourth generation in her family to train in the optical industry. She studied full time on the BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing with Business Management course and graduated in 2012 with awards for ‘Meritorious performance in the Ophthalmic Dispensing degree’ and ‘Best overall performance in Optical Dispensing 3 with Practice Management within the Optical Management degree’. She was also honored to perform the closing speech for the graduation ceremony.

While studying Katherine was employed by Specsavers. On graduating from Anglia Ruskin she then completed her pre-registration training at an independent opticians, before joining David Clulow Opticians in 2013 as a registered qualified dispensing optician. During this time Katherine took on a dual role as Practice Manager and Regional Trainer.

Research interests

Teaching and assessment methods for dispensing opticians


  • FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing with Mathematics


  • BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing with Business Management, Anglia Ruskin University
  • FBDO, Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
  • Registrant of the General Optical Council