About Us

Meet the great team of people at Hey Optometrists, where the people make the difference

  • Paul Hey
    Paul Hey

    Originally from Southport in the North West of England, Paul trained at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he later worked as a clinical instructor.

    Paul practiced optometry in the UK for 5 years before emigrating to New Zealand in 1990. He has worked in the Sydenham practice ever since (actually in the same exam room!) and became co-owner of Hey Optometrists in 1996.

    In addition to his position as an optometrist, where he has an interest in contact lenses and low vision work, Paul is the practice’s frame buyer and particularly enjoys his role in selecting the styles and ranges that are available in the practice.

    Outside work, Paul loves travelling, photography and is a big sports fan. With season tickets to Canterbury rugby, he enjoys supporting both the Crusaders and the All Blacks, but his biggest sporting passion is following F1 motor racing.

  • Debra Hey
    Debra Hey

    Having been born in Twickenham, maybe it was inevitable that Debra would eventually move half way round the world to find a place where really good rugby is played.

    Also trained in Manchester, Debra has been practicing as an optometrist since 1985 and worked in a variety of UK practices before moving to Christchurch in 1990. After 6 years working in Riccarton, she became co-owner of Hey Optometrists in 1996.

    With great organizational skills and a love of figures, Debra looks after the management and financial aspects of the business, as well as performing her optometric duties, where she has a keen interest in children's vision.

    When she isn’t working, Debra enjoys travel, reading, Sudoku and is a regular supporter at Canterbury’s home rugby games, having been a season ticket holder since the epic 2002 season.

  • Claire
    Receptionist / Optical Assistant
    Receptionist / Optical Assistant

    Originally from Nottingham in England, Claire worked in the retail and recruitment sectors before emigrating to New Zealand with her family in 2008.

    Initially based in Invercargill, Claire moved to Christchurch in 2012, joining the Hey optometrists team in 2015. With a lively and fun loving personality, Claire enjoys meeting people and combines her administrative duties with helping people choose great looking eyewear and assisting the optometrists with performing the additional visual screening tests required by some patients.

    A self-confessed professional coffee hunter, Claire also enjoys running for peace (mental rather than world) along with the fine things in life, in her case chocolate and gin.

  • Madison
    Receptionist / Optical Assistant
    Receptionist / Optical Assistant

    Born and educated in Christchurch, Madison (or Maddy to her friends) worked in the fashion retail sector before joining Hey Optometrists in 2017.

    With a warm and friendly nature, Maddy’s role combines front line reception and administration work with helping people find good looking frames and sunglasses.

    Maddy love animals, especially dogs, and enjoys spending time with her Shih Tzu / Chihuahua / Poodle cross. Her other interests when she isn’t working include fashion, shopping, social media and cinema.

  • Lauren
    Receptionist / Optical Assistant
    Receptionist / Optical Assistant

    Originally from Hertfordshire in England, Lauren worked in a variety of administrative and retail positions in the UK before moving to Christchurch in 2012. Friendly and outgoing with excellent computer skills, Lauren combines administration and front line reception work with performing some of the additional visual screening tests patients require.

    Lauren loves retro 1950’s “pin-up” fashion and enjoys designing and making knitwear, sewing, photography and listening to music, especially Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd.