Board

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PROFESSOR MINAS CORONEO AO

BSc (Med) MB BS MSc Syd MD, MD MS UNSW FRACS, FRANZCO

Professor Coroneo became a director of the GEF in 1982. He is an honours graduate in medicine, University of Sydney and has a Master of Surgery and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of New South Wales. His postgraduate training was taken in Germany and the United States.

Professor Coroneo is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of New South Wales and at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, with a special interest in the pathological effects of sunlight on the eye and the development of new technologies and ophthalmic devices.

Australia Day 2016 Professor Minas Coroneo was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).

Professor Coroneo was recognised for his distinguished service to ophthalmology, research and development of innovative surgical technologies and devices, and commitment to eyes health in regional and indigenous communities.

Minas was thrilled to receive the honour and wishes to thank the Look for Life Foundation membership and board for their support.

HELLENE CORONEO

Ba Dip Ed. Dip Reading Education

Hellene became a director of the Genetic Eye Foundation in 1982.

Hellene has been the manager of a busy ophthalmic practice, M.T. Coroneo Pty. Ltd. Ophthalmic Surgeons, Randwick, NSW since 1991. Prior to this she taught high school remedial and special needs children in NSW for ten years. She has had research training, working as a laboratory assistant at the University Clinic in Wuerzburg, Germany for a two-year period. During this time, she became involved in conference planning and organization. As a board member of The Genetic Eye Foundation she has had experience in fundraising and event organisation. She has co-compiled “feast your eyes – the eye health cookbook” for The Genetic Eye Foundation.

RICHARD GRILLS

Optical Mechanics Certificate, Diploma in Supervision & Management.

Richard became a valued member of the board in 1998. For eight years he was the principal of the Guild of Dispensing Opticians Optical Training Course.

In 1978 he founded Designs for Vision Pty. Ltd, a company that is one of the leading distributors of Ophthalmic and Optometric products throughout Australia and New Zealand. Richard is currently the Chairman of The Optical Distributors & Manufacturers’ Association (ODMA); a director of “Look for Life Foundation (previously Genetic Eye Foundation); director of the Bionic Eye Foundation; Vice Chairman of the National Ophthalmic Suppliers Association (NOSA) and a director of the Macular Degeneration Foundation.

PROFESSOR RON POSTLE

A founding member on the board of the Genetic Eye Foundation. He graduated from the University of NSW with first class honours in Textile Physics with the University Medal. He earned a PhD at the University of Leeds in England. He returned to Australia to work as a scientist at the CSIRO and then transferred to the University of NSW as Professor of Textile Physics. He was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of The Fiber Society USA in 1998.

He currently holds seven Visiting Professorship appointments at Universities in Austria, Britain, France and China. Ron Postle is blind.

DR NAGI ASSAAD

BSc(Med) MB BS MBiomedE FRANZCO

Dr Nagi Assaad is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon based in Sydney. He completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney, ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, and a Fellowship in Medical Retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. His interests include Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease and Cataract Surgery. He consults at a number of private practice locations across Sydney, as well as Prince of Wales and Sutherland Hospitals.

CHRISTOPHER POOLEY

B.Sc (vis) B.Optom (hons)

Chris Pooley is an optometrist at Peter Hewett Optometrist in Mosman, Sydney. Chris is a therapeutically trained optometrist who has a particular interest in promoting eye health through educating at risk patients and using imaging devices to allow for early diagnosis and intervention. He also has expertise in contact lens fitting including orthokeratology. Chris is a foundation member of Young Optometrists (YO) which was a group started in 2012 to help optometrists in their first decade of practice develop professionally and interact on a social level.

Patrick Maher

Since 2015 Patrick Maher has served as a founder and Director of Third Sector Strategy Group Pty Limited From 2003 to 2015, Patrick Maher was Chief Operating Officer of National Disability Services (NDS), Australia’s peak body for non-government disability services.

From 2010 to 2016, Patrick was the International President of Workability International, the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities.
Patrick has been intimately involved with the development of the NDIS, frequently engaging with State and Federal Ministers, officials and sectoral representatives to ensure the Scheme was effective and deliverable.
Prior to his role with NDS, Patrick gained practical experience as part of the Board and executive team running a large disability service provider in regional NSW.

Patrick has also headed or served on many voluntary, community, not-for-profit or business bodies, including Chairing the NSW National Party, Chairing the Australasian Pacific Aeronautical College and was appointed to the Disability Business Services Review Implementation Group between 1999 and 2003. He also served on the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council.

Prior to his career in disability services, Patrick owned several businesses specialising in computing, marketing and media, business advice and events management.
Patrick, an Army Reservist for 14 years, is a former member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Tamworth First Light Rotary Club.

Nadim Naser

Nadim Naser is passionate about ophthalmology, neuroscience and information technology. Having worked in Research and Development across multiple international organisations he brings over twenty years of academic and biotechnology experience into the Look for Life Foundation. Nadim was awarded a Philosophy Doctorate degree by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and a Masters Degree in Business Management and Information Technology from Western Sydney University.