Board of Directors

The Hon Amanda Vanstone BA; LLB

Chair

Chair, Royal Flying Doctor Australia; Board Member, Drinkwise Australia; Board Member, Port Adelaide Football Club; Board Member, Governors of the Institute for International Trade based in the Adelaide University. She served on the National Commission of Audit from November 2013 to March 2014.

Prior to this she had a career in the Australian Parliament and then as an Ambassador. Vanstone entered Federal Parliament in 1984, as a Senator for South Australia. At that time she was the youngest member of the Senate. She was re-elected in 1987, 1993, 1998 and 2004.  

She served as a Minister in the Australian Government from the 1996 election until January 2007. Except for a period of just over three years as Minister for Justice/Customs all her Ministerial positions were in Cabinet. She is the longest serving female Cabinet Minister since Federation.

In 2007 she was appointed as Australian Ambassador to Italy and to San Marino and Australia’s Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the UN World Food Program for three years.

Professor Hugh Taylor AC, LLD (Hons) MD (Melb), MB, BS (Melb), BMedSc (Melb), DO (Melb), FRANZCO, FRACS, FAAO, FACS, FAICD

Deputy Chair

Melbourne Laureate Professor and Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; Former Vice President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness; Treasurer and Incoming President, International Council of Ophthalmology; Vice President, Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.

Hugh is an ophthalmologist who has been actively involved in research and teaching for 30 years and has published extensively including a recent book on trachoma.

Ms Amanda Davis  Dip Nursing (BBus), MPH 

Director

Global Chief Operating Officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute (Public Health Division) with responsiblities of the Regional Director for Asia Pacific; Member of the National Advisory Committee for Optometry Giving Sight, Australia; Director of Optometry Giving Sight (Global); Director of Vision CRC; Director of Viscorp; Director of PNG Eyecare.

Amanda has a background in health and management. She has worked in a number of key management roles within the eyecare sector for the past 13 years.

Dr Iain Dunlop MBBS (Hons), FRANZCO, FRACS

Director

Senior Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) and past Chairman, Sydney Hospital-Sydney Eye Hospital; Director Sight for Life Foundation; Chair DoHA Ophthalmic Prostheses Clinical Advisory Group; AMA Nominee to National Disability Insurance Scheme taskforce, Professional Services Review Advisory Committee and Health Technology Assessment Consultative Commitee; ACHS Councillor; Former President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), Chairman of Council and Director AMA Federal; Director AMA-ACT; Director, Canberra Microsurgery. 

Ms Karen Hayes 

Director

Karen is the Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs Victoria and prior to joining Guide Dogs Victoria she held a number of higher management positions including: Director, Corporate Engagement and Human Capital, UXC Limited; Chief Executive Officer, Planpower; and Director, DMR Consulting Group. Karen has extensive general management, human resources and strategic consulting experience in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, the United States and many European countries.
 
Karen is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of Women Chiefs of Enterprise International. Karen was a founder and Board member of the Breast Cancer Network Australia and spent eight years as a Board member of the Melbourne Football Club. 
 

Mr John Howie LLB 

Director; Chair, Corporate and Governance Committee

John is a Barrister and Solicitor running his own legal practice. He is a graduate of the Council of Legal Education Articled Clerk Course RMIT (1967), was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia (1968) and completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Melbourne University (1970). John is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Council of Civil Liberties/Liberty Victoria and Amnesty International.
 
John is Deputy Chair of the Montsalvat Foundation, a Director of the Cain Foundation and a Member of the Professional Advisory Board to the Latrobe University Law School. He was formerly the Chair of Victoria Legal Aid, President of Film Victoria and Chair of the Sports Federation of Victoria. He was also a member of the Law Foundation, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust. 
 

Mr John Jeffries OAM BBus

Director; Chair, Audit and Finance Committee 

Chief Executive Officer, CBM Australia; Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Graduate, Institute of Strategic Leadership.

John has served with CBM Australia since 1982, the past 19 years as CEO. During this time John has contributed to the worldwide growth of CBM into the largest organisation working with and for people with disabilities in the developing world.

His international commitments have included service on the Boards of CBMI Switzerland, CBM USA, and also the key strategy development bodies of the global CBM Family. He chairs the CBM National Director's Committee. John has also served on the boards of the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Servants Community Housing and Optometry Giving Sight.

The Hon Dr Barry Jones AC, MA, LLD, DLitt, DSc, DUniv, FAA, FAHA, FTSE, FASSA, FRSA, FRSV, FACE, FAIM

Director

Immediate past Chair of Vision 2020 Australia. Barry is a writer and broadcaster, and serves on three medical research boards. He is the only person to have been elected as a Fellow of all four Australian learned Academies. His best known book is Sleepers, Wake! Technology and the Future of Work (1982), which ran to 26 impressions. He also wrote the Dictionary of World Biography (1994) and an autobiography, A Thinking Reed (2006).

Member, Victorian Legislative Assembly (1972–77); Member of the House of Representatives (1977–98); Minister for Science (1983–90); Australia’s Representative to UNESCO in Paris (1991–95); National President, Australian Labor Party (1992–2000, 2005–06); Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (2000-2011); Professorial Fellow, Melbourne University.

Professor Brian Layland OAM, BSc (Opt. Sc), ASTC, FIO, Fellow UNSW

Director

Chair, Brien Holden Vision Institute; Co-chair, VisionCare NSW; Director, Aboriginal Eyecare Programs BHVIF; Board Member, International Centre for Eyecare and Education (ICEE); Board member, Vision CRC; Secretary, Board member Optometric Vision Research Foundation (OVRF); Board Member Viscorp.
 
Member of the Council; Optometrist Association Australia (NSW) and National and NSW past President (OOA), Former Australian Representative and Vice President International Optometric and Optical League (IOOL) 1974-87; past member Board of Optometrical Registration and of Optical Dispensers Licensing Board.
 
Brian is an optometric practitioner, active in the scientific and professional communities. He is a visiting lecturer and committee member of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Optometry and Vision Science and is a Visiting Professor. He is a member and chairman of many professional committees involved with Government at State and Federal levels. Chief Architect and Overseer, Treasurer, Board of VisionCare NSW; Brian established the NSW Aboriginal Eyecare Program which is conducted by ICEE.
 

Ms Maureen O'Keefe BSc      

Director                          

Maureen is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian College of Optometry and is currently a Director on the Board of the BioMelbourne Network (since 2011) and has previously held Director positions on the Boards of Very Special Kids (2001-2006), the Victorian Cancer Agency (a Ministerial appointment) (2007-2012) and the VCA Clinical Trials Working Group.

Maureen has been involved with the research, higher education and health sectors throughout her career and has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, a Masters in Business Administration and a Diploma in Education, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Williamson Leadership Program. She has held several senior management positions with the University of Melbourne over a 24 year period and has held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research for seven years.  

Dr Graeme White BSc (Hons), PhD

Director

Chief Executive Officer, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT; Director, Centre for Eye Health; Director, Australian and New Zealand Assistance Dogs Association. Graeme has served as Deputy Chair and Director, International Guide Dog Federation; Director, Ocular Sciences Australasia; and Director, Guardian Family Care Chemists.

Before Guide Dogs Australia, Graeme spent 30 years in the Australian Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Optical Industries in Marketing, General Management and Chief Executive roles. He has worked at the multinational companies Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Healthcare, Smith and Nephew, Sigma Pharmaceutical Wholesale and Ocular Sciences, leading organisations ranging up to $1.2 billion annual income in size.

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