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GOVERNANCE

Our Board of Directors are a group of outstanding people with diverse experience and knowledge, who serve to ensure our vision, purpose and values are maintained and provide oversight across strategy execution.

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Brien Holden Vision Institute (ABN 49 081 303 282) is an Australian Public Company Limited by Guarantee and registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). It is also a member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) and has been affiliated with the University of New South Wales Australia since 2005.

BOARD

Professor Brian Layland, BSc (Opt. Sc.) OAM (Chair of the Board)
Brian Layland served as an optometrist in his own practice for 45 years until taking up the position of Director of Aboriginal Vision Programs for the Brien Holden Vision Institute. He served on the Council of the Australian Optometric Association (NSW) for 56 years. During this time he also served as a member of the National Council of the Australian Optometric Association (AOA) for 17 years, was national president of the AOA and president of the NSW division, a member of the Board of Optometrical Registration for 13 years, a member of the Optical Dispensers Licencing Board, and for 13 years served as the Australian representative on the World Council of Optometry.

He has made a major contribution to the development of the optometry profession in Australia, and was heavily involved in the acceptance of optometric services into Medibank and Veterans’ Affairs, as well as the establishment and development of VisionCare NSW which distributed more than 1.6 million pairs of spectacles to those in need throughout NSW.

In 1979, Brian Layland received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the profession of optometry, the International Optometrist of the Year award from the World Council of Optometry in 1992, the Wilfred I. Wenborn award for conspicuous service in the advancement of the profession of optometry, the prestigious Josef Lederer award for excellence in optometry in 1996 and the J Lloyd Hewett medal in 2010. Brian is an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Optometry, UNSW from 1971, where he has also been an Advisory Committee member since 1957. He was appointed a Fellow of UNSW in 2010.
Frank Back, LLB
Frank Back was admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales in 1979 and is a partner in the firm Back Schwartz Vaughan. He has more than 35 years experience in private practice. His areas of expertise include residential and commercial property transactions, development of real estate, retail and commercial leasing, estates and the general financing of property related transactions through both traditional sources and through profit participation and joint venture arrangements.

Mr Back has a particular expertise in transactions involving liquor licences and real estate to which those licences are or may be attached. His clients include listed public companies, developers and major private property owners.
Anthony Chapman-Davies, BOptom (Hons) MOptom GradCert OcTher
Anthony Chapman-Davies has been a practising optometrist since 1979, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry degree with first class honours from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He completed a Master of Optometry in 1981 and the Graduate Certificate Ocular Therapeutics UNSW in 2011.

Mr Chapman-Davies has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education since 1981 at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, where he is a visiting fellow. He has lectured widely throughout Australia and internationally over the last 30 years. Anthony is chairman of the Optometric Vision Research Foundation.

In 1998, Mr Chapman-Davies was bestowed with the prestigious Josef Lederer Award for Excellence in Clinical Optometry by the Optometry Australia NSW Division. In 2013, he was appointed Conjoint Associate Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW.
Professor Charles McMonnies, BSc MSc
Charles McMonnies is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW. He is a member of the Council for the International Society of Contact Lens Research, a fellow and past President of the Contact Lens Society of Australia, a life member of the New Zealand Contact Lens Society and a member of the board of management for the Optometric Vision Research Foundation.

He conducts research in areas such as keratoconus, ocular surface disease, glaucoma, as well as into myopia control interventions.
Dr Gullapalli 'Nag' Rao, MBBS PhD
Dr Nag Rao is Chair of LV Prasad Eye Institute and Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health Division (formerly Inetrnational Centre for Eyecare Education). An entrepreneur of solutions for eye health, Dr Rao is widely respected for the creation of sustainable, high quality, comprehensive eye care delivery and as the father of the vision centre model which is transforming vision care across India and inspiring development worldwide.

Dr Rao established LVPEI, one of the world’s leading eye research hospitals, after a successful career in the US as an academic ophthalmologist. He has specialised in diseases of the cornea, eye banking and corneal transplantation, community eye health, eye care policy and planning. He has published nearly 300 papers and contributed several book chapters. From 2004-2008, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, President and CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, where he played an important role leading VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

He is currently President of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, a board of the 80 most eminent academic ophthalmologists in the world. He is also on the boards of several national and international organisations. Dr Rao was the recipient of Doctorates Honoris Causa from the University of New South Wales Australia and the University of Melbourne. In addition to several other honours and has delivered many named lectures around the world.
Ms Yvette Waddell, MBA
A performance-orientated generalist, with over 20 years-experience in ophthalmic research and management, Yvette currently holds responsibility for business development and intellectual property, including licensing the new technologies developed, at Brien Holden Vision Institute. In her executive management position she also oversees legal, finance, governance and other operational sections.

As COO, Yvette's focus is to continue the legacy of Professor Holden, and to promote within Brien Holden Vision Institute a "healthy, vibrant work environment where people grow and learn, new ideas flourish and scientific breakthroughs happen."

Yvette is a board member of Brien Holden Vision Institute and also holds Directorships in Australia, China, India and US. From 2008, Ms Waddell was Chief Executive Officer of Viscorp Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company established by Vision CRC partners to manage and commercialise intellectual property generated by Vision CRC programs. Since August 2015, she has been CEO of Vision CRC.

EXECUTIVE

Professor Kovin Naidoo, OD MPH PhD FAAO
Professor Naidoo is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader. He is currently Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), trustee of VISION 2020, a member of the World Council of Optometry Governing Board, and member of the World Health Organization Refractive Error Working Group. Professor Naidoo is currently CEO of the African Vision Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Professor Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged. He was African Optometrist of the Year in 2002 and named International Optometrist in 2007. He was jointly awarded with Professor Brien Holden the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010, at the regional World Economic Forum in Tanzania.
Yvette Waddell, MBA
A performance-orientated generalist, with over 20 years-experience in ophthalmic research and management, Yvette currently holds responsibility for business development and intellectual property, including licensing the new technologies developed, at Brien Holden Vision Institute. In her executive management position she also oversees legal, finance, governance and other operational sections.

As COO, Yvette's focus is to continue the legacy of Professor Holden, and to promote within Brien Holden Vision Institute a "healthy, vibrant work environment where people grow and learn, new ideas flourish and scientific breakthroughs happen."

Yvette is a board member of Brien Holden Vision Institute and also holds Directorships in Australia, China, India and US. From 2008, Ms Waddell was Chief Executive Officer of Viscorp Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company established by Vision CRC partners to manage and commercialise intellectual property generated by Vision CRC programs. Since August 2015, she has been CEO of Vision CRC.
Amanda Davis, MPH BBus Dip Nursing
Amanda Davis is Global Chief Operating Officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health with additional responsibilities of the Regional Director for Asia Pacific. She sits on the Board of Directors of Vision 2020-The Right to Sight Australia, is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Optometry Giving Sight, Australia, Director of Optometry Giving Sight (Global), Director of Vision CRC, Director of Viscorp and Director of PNG Eyecare.

Ms Davis has a strong background in health and management. She has worked in a number of key management roles within the eye care sector for twenty years. In 2006, she was appointed Global Chief Operating Officer of Brien Holden Vision Institute Public Health, including overseeing all aspects of its strategy, programming, governance, finance, human resources, public relations and communications.

Ms Davis has recently been elected to the position of Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in the Western Pacific region. This position will be confirmed in October 2016 for a period of four years.