Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care finance director David Harris has retired after 19 years’ service with the Birmingham-based firm.

Harris, who joined Scrivens as financial controller in 1998 and led a team of 16, received a gold watch and gifts including an engraved pointing trowel at his leaving presentation.

As part of his retirement he will commit two days per month to Scrivens as a non-executive director.

He said: ‘Scrivens is a very well-run company which has continued to expand and which has been incredibility supportive to me. I will miss the challenges of the job and the camaraderie. I’ve enjoyed being part of it and seeing how people I have worked with have grown in their skills and confidence.’

Harris, aged 60, will swap the daily train commute from Leamington Spa, for a rural home in Penybontfawr, Mid Wales, with his wife Sue and nine-year-old foster son Ryan.

Scrivens director Mark Georgevic said: ‘David has made a major contribution to the company’s success; without his dedication we would not be where we are today. He has led by example and inspired great teamwork in the finance department. We appreciate all David has done and wish him well in his retirement.’

Scrivens now has 176 stores in England and Wales, with 1,000 employees.