Allers Opticians, the British 15-store chain owned by Rodenstock since 2001, has appointed Nick Browning, who has over 15 years' experience in the optical industry, as its new general manager and managing director designate. Browning worked for 10 years for GrandVision, the French parent group of Vision Express, as international operations manager before spending two years at Specsavers as retail development manager, followed by three years as managing director of Opus Human Resourcing in South Africa. He returned to the UK to join Allders. Another appointment is that of Freddie Collins as Rodenstock UK's new director of sales.