The Hon Christopher Pyne (Chair)
Jaki Adams was born and raised in Darwin (Larrakia Nation) and is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with ancestral links to the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people of Cape York Peninsula, traditional family ties with the Gurindji people, and extended family relationships with the people of the Torres Straits and Warlpiri. Jaki has 25 years experience in government and non-government/international development sectors. As Director Program Implementation – Oceania, Jaki oversees eye health programming, social justice and advocacy for The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program, as well as programming and stakeholder management across the Pacific, Timor Leste, Philippines and Indonesia.
Dr Jessica Gallagher
First appointed: Nov. 2016- November 2019. Andrew Harris is a well-known Melbourne optometrist registered by the Optometry Board of Australia since 1990. Andrew owns and has run his own optometry practice in North Melbourne from 1992. Andrew has a depth of experience as an optometrist and leader of the optometry sector having been involved in optometry leadership position at both the state and federal level Experience: Immediate former National President, Optometry Australia; Former Director, Optometry Australia; Former President, Optometry Victoria; Former Director, Optometry Victoria; Former Member; National Vision Research Institute Board; Former President, Australian College of Optometry; Former Councillor, Australian College of Optometry; Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors. Graduate of the AICD: 2008.
A/Prof Heather Mack AM
Clinical Associate Professor Heather Mack (B Med Sc, MBBS, MBA, PhD, FRANZCO, GAICD) is an Australian ophthalmologist. She has held senior leadership positions with the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists over the past 17 years, including President (2018-2020). She works in her private ophthalmology practice, and has experience in clinical research in academia, with industry and with government. She has been involved in 19 clinical trials (Phases 1-3), and is on the Advisory Board for voretigene neparvovec gene therapy in Australia. A/Prof Mack has been an invited speaker at over 20 times and has over 47 peer reviewed publications.
Maureen O’Keefe (Deputy Chair)
Maureen was first appointed to the Vision 2020 Australia Board in November 2013 and has been the Deputy Chair of Vision 2020 Australia for several years following a term as Chair of Audit and Finance Committee. Qualifications: BSc(Hons); MBA; DipEd; GAICD, WCLP. Maureen is an experienced CEO, having recently completed an 8 year term as CEO and Board Director of the Australian College of Optometry/ National Vision Research Institute. This followed 8 years as COO of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and previous senior executive roles in the higher education sector. Maureen has extensive governance experience as a Board Director outside the eye health and vision sector including Very Special Kids, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology, Board Director and Deputy Chair of BioMelbourne Network (BMN) and Ministerial appointments on three Victorian Government translational research bodies, including the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Medical Research Strategy, the Ministerial Consultative Council for Clinical Trial Research, and the Victorian Cancer Agency.
Tony StarkeyFirst appointed as a director of Vision 2020 Australia November 2019, Tony Starkey has been part of the Eye Health and Vision Rehabilitation sector for over 30 years. As a person with lived experience of severe vision loss Tony has an extensive knowledge of Rehabilitation Services, Public Policy covering Eye Health and Disability / Aged Care. Tony is currently President of the Blind Welfare Association, employed by the Royal Society for the Blind SA and a previous Director of Blind Citizens Australia and the Australian Blindness Forum. Tony was involved with the formation of Vision 2020 Australia and maintained a keen interest in its development.
Shaun Tatipata is Narrindjeri/Wuthathi with family connections in the Torres Strait, Cape York and South Australia. Shaun’s professional career has been devoted to advancing the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Having trained as an Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW), Shaun gained extensive experience in delivering Primary Health Care and designing and implementing outreach programs in communities. It was through these roles that Shaun developed a passion for preserving and restoring sight, and set out to specialise in delivering culturally safe eye care services combining the unique skill set and cultural brokerage role of an AHW with the clinical expertise of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists.