Our Practitioners at Whitby & Co
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Whitby & Co. - Fleet Street Clinic

Our Practitioners

  • Ms Gillian Whitby

    Ms Gillian Whitby


    Principal Optometrist

    One of the founding partners of Fleet Street Clinic, Gillian Whitby trained in optometry in Glasgow and has been GOC registered since 1982.  With over thirty years’ experience of general clinical optometry, Gillian has worked in Fleet Street since 1983, establishing her own independent practice Whitby & Co in 1995. She heads up a great Optometric team and has built an extensive, wide-ranging referral network.

    Highly sought-after for her expertise, Gillian offers patients a unique blend of excellent eye care and her friendly, welcoming approach: “listening to patients’ needs is paramount”. She enjoys problem-solving and helping patients who have been visually unfulfilled elsewhere. Gillian counts one of her career highlights as testing and looking after one of our former Prime Ministers when he was in office. He is still a client to this day.

    Gillian is regularly instructed in Optometric legal matters and enjoys being an expert witness. When she is not at work, she is busy travelling with her husband Richard, or spending time with her 3 sons. A keen chef, she spends a lot of time entertaining in the kitchen.


  • Mr Nish Dattani

    Mr Nish Dattani

    BSc (Hons)


    Nish Dattani gained his BSc hon degree in optometry from the University of Bradford in 1999

    Having gained membership to the GOC + AOP in 2000, he worked closely with optometry students preparing and guiding them through their professional exams.

    He became the member of the General Optical Council (G.O.C) and Association of optometrist ( AOP) in 2000.

    Over the past 17 years, Nish has worked exclusively in the independent optometric sector across London serving patients in Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Marylebone, and Soho.

    Outside of work, Nish is a keen sportsman and loves travelling.

  • Ms Lavinia De Souza

    Ms Lavinia De Souza



    Lavinia De Souza graduated from Brunel University in 1999 as a Medical Biochemist and joined Moorfields Eye Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology, where her research into “Angiogenesis and Drug Resistance in Uveal Melanoma” resulted in the publication of two papers.

    She then graduated as an Optometrist from City University in 2002. Soon after, she was awarded the ‘Stephen Dawson prize for Clinical Excellence’ from the Institute of Optometry, London.  Lavinia achieved membership to the College of Optometrists in 2003.

    Lavinia joined Whitby & Co. Opticians in September 2006 and has recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with us.  She is also a member of the General Optical Council and the Association of Optometrists.  As well as being in practice, Lavinia also lectures and teaches at the Institute of Optometry and City University.

    Lavinia is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London in 2017.

    Outside of work, Lavinia is an accomplished Ballroom and Latin dancer of over 20 years.

  • Mrs Fazlin Jetha

    Mrs Fazlin Jetha

    BSc (Hons)


    Fazlin graduated with a BSc Honours in Ophthalmic Dispensing with Management in 2001, from Anglia Ruskin University, and then studied Optometry at the University of Manchester, graduating with a BSc Honours degree in 2004.

    She undertook further training at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, the Institute of Optometry in London, and an independent practice in Kensington.

    This was followed by full registration with the General Optical Council, the College of Optometrists and the Association of Optometrists.

    After an 18-month career break in 2012 to help her husband set up a business in Chicago with his MBA friends, Fazlin returned in 2014 to raise their young family. In her spare time, she carries out volunteer work and is an active member and secretary of her Local Optical Committee.

    A keen learner, Fazlin has continued with her studies by completing a certificate in Lifelong Learning with the London School of Economics as well as achieving certificates in Glaucoma, Cataracts and Minor Eye Conditions from Cardiff University.

    The COVID-19 pandemic did not interrupt her studies: while homeschooling her young children, she also completed postgraduate courses in Independent Prescribing with Ulster University, obtaining a distinction, and in Leadership. She is currently taking a distance learning course with Cardiff University, leading to a Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.

    Fazlin joined Whitby & Co. in 2021 and enjoys applying her extensive knowledge and expertise to provide our patients with top quality eyecare.

  • Miss Maya Tailor

    Miss Maya Tailor

    BSc (Hons)


    Maya graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2017, with a BSc Honours degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing.

    Prior to this, she obtained her membership of the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) in 2014, leading to Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO) in 2015.

    Maya began her career in optics at a multiple practice in Central London, developing her expertise as a dispensing optician.

    She has a wide-ranging background and joined Whitby & Co. in July 2021.

    Outside of work, Maya loves travelling and baking for her friends and family.

  • Miss Faye Morley

    Miss Faye Morley



    Optical Assistant and Lab Technician

    Faye graduated from Centro Escolar University in the Philippines in 2012 with a BA in Journalism. After completing her degree, she decided to pursue a career in optics in 2015.

    With over 6 years of experience in the optics industry, she began her career as an optical assistant and store merchandiser at a high-street optician’s before progressing into management at an independent optical practice in Old Spitalfields Market.

    Faye joined Whitby & Co. in October 2021.

    Outside of her work, Faye enjoys graphic design, illustration and tattoo artistry. She is keen to bring her creative passion for design and aesthetic to help our patients choose their perfect pair of glasses. She enjoys playing bass guitar and piano in her spare time.


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