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Meet The Team

Jonathan Binnington

Jonathan has been a partner at the practice since 1990. He has a wealth of experience and sees patients of all ages with all eye problems. He has a special interest in contact lenses especially complex cases. In his spare time Jonathan is a keen amateur photographer, swimmer, gardener and dog walker!

Nigel Thurling

Nigel joined the practice in 1997 having worked as an optometrist since 1985. He became a partner shortly after. He has a wide experience of all aspects of eyecare. In his free time he enjoys cycling around the Dales and the Wolds, watching sport and spending time with his family.

Paul Khoo

Paul qualified as an Optometrist in 2000, winning two college prizes in his professional qualifying exams. He studied at university in his home city of Glasgow and spent his professional training year in practice in Sheffield. He has worked across all sectors of community Optometry including a stint at a major contact lens research facility in Sydney Australia. He particularly enjoys contact lenses and examining the eyes of children in his day to day practice. In his spare time, Paul loves to travel, snowboarding, and skiing, so much so that in 2008 he took an entire winter off Optometry to work in a ski resort..

Claire Bragan

Claire is the Practice Manager and has worked in optics since 1996, and joined the team at Binnington and Thurling as a Dispensing Optician in 2009. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their three children.

Rachel Ludbrook

Rachel has been a valued member of staff since 2007, when she joined the team as a Dispensing Assistant. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.

Robin Racenis

Robin is our onsite technician and has many years experience working in the field of optics both spectacles and contact lenses. His interests include conservation and promoting the welfare of animals, both domestic and wild.


Akane joined the team in 2004 and has had various roles in the business since then.



Sandra joined our reception team in Spring 2019.  She's orginally from Barcelona and has been living in York since 2007.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her pets and visiting new places in the UK.


Hilary is married with two grown up daughters.  She is a keen amateur Genealogist and has been researching her own family tree for many years, she also enjoys cooking for family and friends.


Jackie is a receptionist and joined the team at Binnington and Thurling in 2014. Jackie is married with three grown up sons and enjoys socialising with family and friends. She has an interest in history and walking the countryside.


Lorna is the Practice Administrator and joined the practice in 2012. Her interests include comedy, reading and relaxing in the countryside.


Maria joined our reception team in the Spring of 2019. She is married with 2 boys. Maria enjoys running, walking, cycling, keeping fit and the outdoors in general.

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