Peter Varley

Optical Dispenser

Peter initially qualified as a dispensing optician and contact lens fitter in London before specialising in contact lens work in general practice and hospitals in the UK and then in Saudi Arabia.

After arriving in Australia, Peter continued working as an optical dispenser and contact lens fitter until his path took him to large corporate optical groups, managing and developing multiple optical stores. Once in Queensland, Peter both owned and developed multiple optical stores, before working again in the UK and Ireland.

Peter joned Vision Michael Hare Eyecare Plus in 2010 after spending some time working as a volunteer in Thailand and Myanmar. He loves the camaraderie at Michael’s practices as well as the passion for excellence in product and customer service found within them. He has also found new passions in exercise, living by the beach, restoring furniture and baking the most delicious bread you have ever set your eyes upon! Go figure!

So, some questions for Peter…

What is it that you do at work?
I do everything except examine eyes and pay bills. One of my specialties is making a great cuppa tea for everyone.

What do you love about your position?
The great bunch of people I get to work with each day. I also really enjoy getting the best possible results for our patients vision.

What’s the most ‘quirky’ or ‘fun’ activity you do at work?

 Making desserts and bringing them in for everyone to enjoy. Anything chocolate seems to go down a treat around here!

Who or what brand are you inspired by and why?
Jono Hennessy – Great designer, great bloke and great company rep.
Maui Jim – All round superb products and great company.

What is your favourite quote?
1. I told you I was ill! Spike Milligan’s epitaph
2. Trust me I’m almost a doctor
3. Decadence a way of life!

How do you spend your time when you are not at work?
Polishing wood, making bread, playing bass guitar, making and drinking beer.

What are you most grateful for in life?
Life – life in Australia!

What is your ideal holiday?
Travelling down the Mekong in a long boat listening to Marc Moulin.