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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.
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.
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.
He conducts research in areas such as keratoconus, ocular surface disease, glaucoma, as well as into myopia control interventions.
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.
Yvette Waddell is the CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute. She was previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Brien Holden Vision Institute, leading the business development, finance, governance and risk functions that deliver the business’ strategic objectives.
Yvette was appointed Chief Operating Office of the Institute in 2003, following previous roles as General Manager and Executive Director. Since August 2015, while holding responsibility for operational support functions and infrastructure, Yvette has overseen commercialisation transactions and negotiations for Brien Holden Vision Institute.
Yvette replaced Professor Brien Holden on the board of Brien Holden Vision Institute in July 2015 and holds group directorships in China and USA, including Optometry Giving Sight. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was recognized as one of the most influential women in optical in 2016, by Vision Monday, a leading optical industry journal in the USA.
Yvette is CEO of Vision CRC and was CEO of Viscorp Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company established to manage and commercialise intellectual property generated by Vision CRC programs.
Yvette is a University of New South Wales Australia graduate, completing an MBA at AGSM at UNSW Business School.