Alumni Presentation - She did go to Specsavers! In fact she founded it.

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Dame Mary Perkins Director of Specsavers will talk about building a business and the value of becoming a Chartered Director.   In 2011 Specsavers had a turnover of £1.5 billion.

Tel: 028 9068 3224



Alumni Presentation - She did go to Specsavers! In fact she founded it.

19th September 2012

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder and Director of Specsavers is one of an exclusive group of people who have been awarded Honorary Chartered Director status by the IoD.  Dame Mary will be joining us at 5.00pm at Riddel Hall on 19 September to talk to Northern Ireland’s existing and aspiring Chartered Directors about her business experience and the value of the Chartered Director qualification. 

With over 30,000 staff and a total turnover of £1.5 billion in 2010/2011, Specsavers is a vast business operating in the UK and beyond.  Yet it retains the feel of being a family firm, and this is one of its strengths.  From the outset, Doug and Mary Perkins planned Specsavers as a business that would not be sold or floated. Their three children all work in the company.  Dame Mary Perkins gives a sense that she is deeply involved in the company, and deeply interested in its operations on the ground.

Mary will talk about the growth of the company and how the culture of the business – still a private company with family values – has been integral to its success.


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