About Vision CRC
The Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC) is a collaboration of researchers and industry partners from around the world, drawn together to deliver innovative solutions to common eye conditions such as myopia, presbyopia and hyperopia - problems that affect the vision of billions worldwide.
Established in 2003 under the Australian Government's Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme, Vision CRC is focused on converting breakthrough research into successful commercial products to treat these problems. It is also developing effective models for sustainable eye care systems that address the alarming lack of eye care services in indigenous Australia and developing communities worldwide. In the area of education, Vision CRC provides unique multidisciplinary research opportunities for postgraduate students in both a basic research and a commercially aligned environment.
Strategic Planning and Scientific Advisory Committee
The Strategic Planning and Scientific Advisory Committee will provide advice and report to the Board regarding market development, commercial opportunities and educational and business programs for Vision CRC. The Strategic Planning and Scientific Advisory Committee will assist the Executive Committee in provision of strategic planning and commercial advice. The Strategic Planning and Scientific Advisory Committee will meet as requested by the Board or the Executive Committee.
Mr Greg Minton (Chair) MBA BEng BEcon
Mr Greg Minton joined Archer Capital in October 2000, bringing operational and line management experience that is an integral component of the firmâs investment strategy. Since joining, Greg has co-led the investment programme, including both the Repco and Emeco deals from acquisition to exit. He also oversaw the Onesource and iNova Pharmaceuticals (formerly 3M Pharmaceuticals) acquisitions. He was responsible for the management and exit of Hirequip. Greg is also a Director of Ausfuel Pty Ltd.
Prior to joining Archer Capital, Greg spent six years in senior general management roles with CSR Limited. In his last role as General Manager Australasia of CSR Humes, a large manufacturer of precast concrete products, he had full operational and strategic responsibility for businesses with 1,000 employees and revenue of approximately $300 million. Before joinging CSR, Greg worked with McKinsey & Company in Australia, Scandinavia and the UK.
Greg has a Master of Business Administration from IMD, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Economics, both from the University of Queensland.
Professor Brien Holden PhD DSc OAM (Ex-Officio)
Professor Brien Holden is CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, CEO of the Vision Cooperative Research Centre, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and Executive Chair of Optometry Giving Sight. Brien has made outstanding contributions to the fields of optometry and vision science as a researcher, educator and as public health advocate.
He was founder and Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of NSW, Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology, a founding Director of the Institute for Eye Research, co-founder of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators, founding President-elect of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and founder of the Optometric Vision Research Foundation.
In the area of international public health, Professor Holden is Chair of the Refractive Error Working Group of the World Health Organisation, a board member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Chair of the board of management of VisionCare NSW.
His distinguished contribution to optometry and vision science has been recognised with several prestigious international awards including six honorary doctorates. In 1997, Brien Holden received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for contributions to eye care research and education.
Professor Brian Layland BSc (OptSc) ASTC OAM
Professor Layland has made a major contribution to the development of the optometry profession in Australia. He has given more than 50 years of service on national and state optometric associations in various capacities and has been a member and chairman of many professional committees involved with state and federal governments.
Brian played a major role in the acceptance of optometric services into Medicare and Veteransâ Affairs. He well also a key figure in the establishment of VisionCare NSW which has distributed more than 1.3 million pairs of spectacles to those in need throughout NSW.
Professor Layland served as an optometrist in his own practice for 45 years until taking up his current position as Director of Aboriginal Vision Programs for the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, where he has made a considerable contribution to enhancing eye care for Indigenous Australians. In recognition of his contributions, Brian was presented with the Award for Excellence in Health Service Delivery by a Non-Aboriginal Person in 2006, by the NSW Government Department of Health.
Brian is a Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales and has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of NSW from 1971, where he has also been an Advisory Committee member since 1957.
In 1979, Professor Layland received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the profession of optometry. Among many other accolades, he received the International Optometrist of the Year award from the World Council of Optometry In 1992.
Professor Hugh Taylor AC MD FRANZCO
Professor Hugh Taylor is Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. He has been dedicated to ophthalmic research and teaching for over 30 years. His research includes blindness prevention strategies, infectious causes of blindness and the relationship between medicine, public health and health economics. Currently, his work is focused on Aboriginal eye health and trachoma.
Prof Taylor is Vice-President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Treasurer of the International Council of Ophthalmology, a Board Member of Vision 2020 Australia, and a member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. He has written 22 books, more than 500 papers and consulted for the World Health Organization for 30 years. Awards he has received include a Companion of the Order of Australia and the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. He is the founding Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia.
In conjunction with the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Prof Taylor is working with the Vision CRC to identify the key elements in the patient journey or pathway of care with a particular focus on coordination to improve access to eye care for Indigenous people.
Dr Gullapalli 'Nag' Rao MD
Dr Gullapalli 'Nag' Rao is Distinguished Chair of Eye Health and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Instituet Foundation.
Gullapalli 'Nag' 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. After a successful career in the US as an academic ophthalmologist Dr Rao established the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, in 1986, now a leading eye hospital and research centre.
Dr Rao has specialised in diseases of the cornea, eye banking and corneal transplantation, community eye health, eye care policy and planning and eye care reforms. He has developed innovative models of eye care delivery and eye banking systems in addition to expanding his research interest into corneal infections, public health aspects of ophthalmology and operations research.
From 2004-2008, Dr Rao 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 has published over 250 papers and contributed several book chapters.
Mr John Egan BAppSci, MBA (Chair)
Mr John Egan is an experienced business person who began his working life in 1968 with the Ford Motor Company after graduating from Melbourne University in Applied Science (Industrial Chemistry). He has worked with Ford Australia, Ford US and Ford Asia Pacific. He left Ford after completing his MBA and became a partner in a start-up joint venture with Roland Corporation, a listed Japanese electronics manufacturer, and was also involved in initiating other joint ventures in the region.
Recently, he participated in a syndicate to purchase the Allans Music group from Administration and served as its Chairman until its sale. He is currently a Chairman with the Executive Connection, an international organisation of CEOs. He also is a Non Executive Director with Roland Corporation Australia and Roland DG Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Amanda Davis MPH BB
Ms Amanda Davis is Global Chief Operating Officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (the Institute) with responsibilities of the Regional Director for Asia Pacific. She has a background in health and management, having worked within the eye care sector for the past 10 years in a number of key management roles.
Prior to joining the Institute, Amanda was COO of the Vision Cooperative Research Centre from 2003 to 2005 and Operations Manager for the Institute for Eye Research (now Brien Holden Vision Institute) from 2001 to 2003.
She also acts as a Director of Optometry Giving Sight (Global); Director of Viscorp; Director of Vision 2020 Australia; and is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Optometry Giving Sight Australia Pty Ltd.
Mr Gopalan Nair BB (Accounting)
Mr Gopalan Nair is the Financial Controller for VisionCare NSW (VCNSW) a not-for-profit organisation which administers the NSW Governmentâs Spectacle Program and the NSW Justice Health Eyecare Program. He has an extensive background in financial accounting and administration in the eye care industry, having worked in Program administration, eye care delivery and research environments for the past nineteen years.
His record of employment includes: Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit; Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology; International Association of Contact Lens Educators; and the Optometric Vision Research Foundation. Prior to joining VCNSW, Gopalan undertook major administration and financial responsibilities within a range of companies within the commercial sector.