Our Board

The Hon Christopher PyneThe Hon Christopher Pyne (Chair)

The Hon Christopher Pyne is Chairman of Pyne and Partners and a Professor in the UniSA Business School amongst other appointments.
Christopher served as a member of Federal Parliament from 1993-2019, leading reforms across the Ageing, Education, Industry Innovation and Science, Defence Industry and Defence portfolios.
Christopher’s father, Remington, was a past President of RANZCO, contributing to the creation of the first National Trachoma and Eye Health Programme.
Christopher has witnessed firsthand, particularly in indigenous communities, the work of the eye sector and is keen to ensure it receives the support it deserves.

Jane SchullerJane Schuller (Deputy Chair)

Jane Schuller has 25 years’ experience in eye health care.
She is a qualified orthoptist in both Australia and the USA and has had 10 years’ experience in large teaching eye hospitals and private ophthalmology practices in Singapore, Bangkok and the USA.
She is President of Orthoptics Australia, past Victorian Chair and has held a number of other state and federal roles.
In 2019, she completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Directors Course. She continues to work at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and in several private ophthalmology practices.

Associate Professor Kristopher Rallah-BakerA/Prof Kristopher Rallah-Baker

Dr Rallah-Baker is Australia’s first and currently only Indigenous ophthalmologist. A proud Yuggera and Biri-Gubba man, Kris is a highly respected ophthalmologist and is one of the founding members of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, a Director on the Board of the Nova Peris Foundation, and  founding member and Director of the Board of the First Nations Eye Health Alliance.

Kris has presented at numerous ophthalmology and Indigenous health conferences nationally and internationally. He brings a broad base of experience from within clinical ophthalmology, particularly rural and remote ophthalmology, both across Australia and internationally.

Brandon Ah TongBrandon Ah Tong

Brandon has 20 years’ experience working in the eye health sector as an advocacy expert and is currently the Director of Policy & Advocacy with The Fred Hollows Foundation.

His areas of work have spanned the human rights of people living with blindness or low vision, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander eye health and global eye health and has had the privilege of being a commissioner with the 2021 Lancet Global health Commission on Global Eye Health.

Living with blindness, Brandon brings a perspective that bridges the global with the local and between the imperative to address avoidable blindness with the dignity of living with vision-related disability.

Nitin VermaProf Nitin Verma

Nitin is Past President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and longtime Board Director. He is also a Director of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia.

He has been active both locally and internationally through my involvement in establishing the eye health program in Timor L’este. 

During his tenure as RANZCO President he oversaw the implementation of the Vision 2030 and beyond plan, which aims to enhance equitable service provision across Australia and develop and maintain a sustainable ophthalmology workforce, with the goal of working towards eliminating avoidable blindness in Australia.

Dr Kate ReidDr Kate Reid

Dr Reid has provided 15 years of service to public Ophthalmology at Canberra Hospital, where she was instrumental in funding Eye Clinic infrastructure projects in excess of $4 million, and initiating patient co-management with both public and private Optometry.

She is an experienced educator, inaugurating then leading the ANU Medical Student Ophthalmology Program for a decade. She is a regular presenter of her research at scientific conferences.

Now in private practice, Dr Reid continues her research interests in neuro-ophthalmology, and her advocacy for utilising limited public Ophthalmology resources as efficiently as possible.

Fiona WoodsFiona Woods

Fiona is the President of Blind Citizens Australia and has been a Director since 2017.

Fiona has also held positions with the National Women’s Branch, has chaired the National Policy Council and led the development of BCA’s Expectations of Service Providers, which sets out what we believe people who are blind and vision impaired should expect when they access services designed for them. In addition, Fiona was a graduate of the first Executive Leadership Program.

Fiona is a passionate advocate for growing awareness of vision impairment, blindness and inclusion, and that access to and knowledge of eye health should not depend on socio-economic or geographical factors.

Dale CleaverDale Cleaver

Dale Cleaver is the CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. He was first appointed to the Vision 2020 Australia Board in 2019 and co-opted in March, 2023. 

Dale’s history of working in the health, not for profit and charity sectors includes positions as CEO of Campbell Page (National Provider of Employment Services), CEO of the Royal District Nursing Service South Australia (SA) and prior to this, 17 years with The Australian Red Cross including roles as Acting CEO and National Chief Operating Officer. 

He has a professional passion for making a difference and empowering people with disabilities, and has experience in strategic, operational and transformational change to further increasing the quality of service-based organisations.

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