About us

Find out more about our team…

At Osborne Harle we take the time to listen to your concerns. Our friendly and experienced team would be happy to discuss your needs during an appointment.


Mrs Karen Vermeulen

BSc BTech Optom MCOptom


Karen originally started her career as a Hospital Optometrist in South Africa where she graduated from WITS in Johannesburg. 

After her move to England she completed the non-EEA examination at City University and moved into a high end retail practice for three years.

After this she spent eight years working as a Domiciliary Optometrist which was extremely rewarding and she gained a wealth of experience in dealing with patients with dementia and learning disabilities alongside diagnosing and proposing the best course of action for ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.

Having joined Osborne Harle in January 2015 she has become PEARS accredited which further allows her to manage acute eye conditions. 

She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and all the challenges that entails. 

Dr. Deacon E Harle

PhD MSc BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipOC DipTp (AS) DipTp (IP)

Optometrist and Director

Dr Deacon Harle is an Independent Prescribing Specialty Optometrist. He holds a bachelor degree in Ophthalmic Optics, a masters degree in Clinical Optometry and a PhD in Optometry. He has post graduate diplomas in Ocular Conditions and in Ocular Therapeutics (Additional Supply and Independent Prescribing), which means he can offer a more extensive range of ocular medicine advice and treat eye related disorders as a non-medical prescriber. He was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Optometrists for his contribution to optometric research and education and is a General Optical Council specialty registered optometrist. 

Dr Harle holds a post of Practitioner with a Special Interest (PwSI) in Ophthalmology and offers NHS Community Ophthalmology Clinics based at the Eye Department of Tunbridge Wells Hospital and at Osborne Harle.

Mrs Nicola J Harle

BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Optometrist and Director

Nicola Harle (neé Osborne) established Osborne Harle with her husband. Following a period of private practice in Kensington, London, during which she became interested in contact lenses as well as spectacle fashion and design; she took a career break when her children were young. She now has the role of Operations Director. Mrs Harle holds a Bachelor degree in Ophthalmic Optics, membership of the College of Optometrists and is a General Optical Council registered optometrist.

Mrs Emma Cottle


Dispensing Optician

Mrs Emma Cottle is a qualified dispensing optician, and part of the Osborne Harle spectacle dispensing team. She brings a wealth of experience to the practice and is able to offer spectacle dispensing advice across the board; from high-end fashion spectacle frames queries to complex and clinical spectacle lens dispensing conundrums.

Mrs Cottle is a Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and is a General Optical Council registered optician.

Mrs Jackie Neale


Mrs. Jackie Neale is a retired dispensing optician and now works as our part time receptionist.

Mrs Rachel Buckley


Mrs. Rachel Buckley is our part time receptionist providing valuable extra support on our busy days.

Mrs Diane Turner

Medical Secretary

Diane Turner is our medical secretary and typist. She is responsible for all our optometric and medical correspondence.

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