Duncan and Todd appoints new finance director to support its growth strategy

Robert Skidmore
Robert Skidmore

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Opticians and hearing care group Duncan and Todd has appointed Robert Skidmore as the new group finance director.

Duncan and Todd operate from Skye and Wick, throughout the North East and the Central Belt through a network of 30 branches serving communities across Scotland.

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Robert has previously held CFO and CEO positions in the North East across several industries including a multi-site distribution business and positions within the Oil & Gas sector before moving into healthcare.

Robert Skidmore said  “Duncan and Todd have developed a strong business model combining deep industry expertise with high standards of service. I am excited about the opportunity to further develop and support the business in its next phase of growth.”

The Duncan and Todd Group now spans 30 practices across Scotland with well-known brands including 20 20 Opticians, JM MacDonald as well as Douglas Dickie Opticians.

As recently as the 1st of July, the group acquired Hughes Opticians in Coatbridge, a family run opticians fitting well within the group’s ethos.

The Group also operates the state-of-the-art laboratory, Caledonian Optical, based in Aberdeen which crafts lenses to all Duncan and Todd optical branches, as well as over 200 clients across the UK.

Following a £15million investment from private equity firm LDC at the end of March 2018, the group has plans to strengthen Duncan & Todd’s presence in the Central Belt. This will also enable the group to roll out its new audiology service, ensuring local communities have access to high-quality hearing care throughout Scotland.

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