Doug and Dame Mary Perkins DBE

Specsavers founders Doug and Dame Mary Perkins DBE were awarded Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science.

Specsavers, the world's largest private optician chain, sells more than 19 million pairs of glasses and 400 million contact lenses each year from nearly 2,000 stores in 10 countries and has raised more than £5 million for charities and other causes.

Mary is on the board of many institutions and voluntary organisations is a Freeman of the City of London and an Ambassador for Vision Aid Overseas, Sightsavers and ActionAid. She is also Patron of Kidscape and of Everywoman.

Doug led the expansion of Specsavers to Australia and is a leading figure in optometry and audiology, focusing on the advancement of professionalism and healthcare in the sector and addressing the needs of an ageing population.