Board of Directors

Peter is a CEO and founder of Ash St, a boutique legal and advisory firm. Peter has a BA. LLB (Macq), and LLM (Sydney), and completed a course in The Management of Professional Services Firms at Harvard Business School.

Peter is an expert in reputation and crisis management and is the co-author of Legal Reputation Matters: a guide to risk/corporate communication management (CCH).

Peter has practiced law for more than 30 years as a Commercial litigator in the areas of commercial disputes, media and reputation management.

Peter has held various Board and other positions, including as a member of the Board of Clayton Utz, and as Chairman of Bundanon. In addition Peter and his family have supported various cultural and other organisations for many years.

Peter is married with one daughter.


Michael is CEO of Investment Trends, one of the world’s leading financial services industry research companies. He has a long and successful history as a financial services executive, having headed up brokerages, banking divisions and product and segment lines over the past two decades.

He has lived and worked in Australia, the US and Asia, and has worked as an Executive, a Non-Executive Director and an Advisor across businesses in Australia, the US, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Michael has an enormous breadth of experience geographically, across client segments, asset classes, financial services products, and business generally.

Michael is a former Director of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association (now the Australian Stockbrokers’ Association), the Commonwealth Bank Foundation and is a former member of the ASX Market Rules Committee. He is currently also Chairman of the Australian Centre for Photography and is a Director of the only Chinese bank listed on that country’s Xin San Ban (New Third Board).


Michael is the founding partner of Wentworth Place Group, a boutique firm specialising in communication, investor relations and capital advisory services. Michael has a BA (UNSW) majoring in Economics and Political Science and is currently a Member of the AICD.

Michael’s background includes 20 years stockbroking in Sydney and in London for various brokers including; Credit Lyonnais, Macquarie Bank and ANZ Securities, where he was a Head of Institutional sales in Sydney.

In 2001, he founded Australia’s largest independent Investor Relations and financial communications firm, eventually employing a team of more that 45 people in Sydney and Perth. He has provided strategic advice and counsel on investor relations, financial communication and capital raising insights on hundreds of equity market transactions, including some of the largest on the ASX.

Michael lives in Sydney and has two daughters.


In December, 2009 Shaun was selected to be Managing Director of HCF, Australia’s largest not-for-profit health insurer. He now leads this organisation with health care responsibilities for more than 1.5 million Australians, revenues in excess of A$2.5 billion, and over 1,000 staff.

Since its establishment in 2000, Shaun has also guided the development of the HCF Research Foundation's research funding program that has seen over $14 million invested in 50 projects spread across Australia for the benefit of the community.

Prior to joining HCF, Shaun was based in Singapore for four years with AEA International where he led the establishment of a chain of ambulatory medical centres throughout Asia, Africa and the CIS. Before this he worked for nine years as an executive for a large private hospital operator (Ramsay Health Care) in Australia and the United States.

He was appointed as an inaugural member of the Federal Government’s National Preventative Health Taskforce in April, 2008. He also served as a Commissioner on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) from April, 2013 to March 2016.

An alumnus of Harvard Business School, his academic qualifications include a HlthScD, MHSc, MBA and BHA.


Dr Frank Martin specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. He was head of Department of Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 22 years and is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at the Children’s Hospitals Network, Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital. He is in private practice in Sydney.

He is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Child Health and Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney.

Dr Martin was President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and is President of the He He Asia Pacific Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the International Strabismus Association. He is also President of the Board of the Children’s Medical Research Institute and chairs the Westmead Research Hub Council. He is a member of the International Council of Ophthalmology and this year was appointed Director of Society Development and Leadership. He was President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists from 1996-1997.

Dr Martin has played a significant role in leading the development of paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus in the Asia Pacific region. He has published over 40 articles, has written several text book chapters and is a reviewer for the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He was Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology for 11 years and is on the advisory board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology and the All India Ophthalmic Society Journal of Ophthalmology. He is actively involved in clinical teaching and lecturing of medical school undergraduates from the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Dr Martin has received several awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (1999) and the Award for Distinguished and Invaluable Contribution towards Ophthalmology in the World – International. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2001. In 2009 he was awarded the College Medal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and in 2011 he was awarded the Jose Rizal Medal by the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and was also honoured with the Rotary award for Vocational Excellence.


Lorna has a LLB (Sydney) and has practised as a Barrister since 1984.

Lorna appears in a variety of cases in areas including Insurance, Medical and Professional Liability, Public and Employer Liability, Dust Diseases and Motor Accidents.

She is experienced in Coronial Inquests and appears on behalf of medical practitioners and area health services.

Lorna has held acting judicial appointments to the Compensation Court of New South Wales and the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales.

She is an accredited mediator and appointed mediator of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the District Court of New South Wales.

Lorna is married to Brian Dooley SC and they have three adult children.


Jane Nicholls is a journalist, editor and content strategist. She worked in mainstream media for three decades, including as deputy editor of Good Weekend, editor of Who magazine and editor-at-large of People magazine in the United States. In 2012, after four years in New York, Jane returned to Australia to take up the role of CEO of The Global Mail, a philanthropically funded longform journalism startup, which won several awards in its two years of operation. She has been freelancing since 2014, enjoying a mix of writing end editing for, the Australian arm of GE’s well-regarded brand website, advising brands on content strategy, teaching at UTS, ghostwriting books and writing travel features for The Australian newspaper.

When she was living in the US, she was a board member of Girls Learn International, an innovative organisation dedicated to inspiring and empowering student advocates for education equality around the world.

She is married with two daughters, Grace and Rosie.


MBBS., MRCS., LRCP(London)., DO(London), FRCS(E), FRCOphth, FRANZCO.

Dr.Singh did his ophthalmic training in London. He did a 4 year residency at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, one of the most prestigious ophthalmic hospitals in the world. He also trained at Westminster Hospital and St. Thomas’s Hospital London. He obtained the FRCS (London) in Ophthalmology in 1980 and the Certificate of Higher Surgical Training from the College of Ophthalmology London, England. He was invited to receive the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology in 1994. He has been in private practice in Coffs Harbour from 1982, providing a comprehensive eye service to the community.

Dr.Singh is one of the pioneers in small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery in Australia and has done several thousand successful cataract surgeries. Dr.Singh has been actively involved in teaching and transfer of surgical skills in phacoemulsification small incision cataract surgery both here in Australia and overseas. He has conducted several workshops including live surgery here in Australia and overseas in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Phillipines, and India.

Dr. Singh has contributed to several chapters in books on phacoemulsification cataract surgery including how to successfully handle difficult cases.

Dr. Singh currently has a special interest in 2.2 mm and sub 2mm incision cataract surgery and currently performs all his cataract surgeries using a 2.2 mm incision which has several advantages over larger incision sizes.

Dr. Singh has over 20 years experience in the use of lasers for various eye conditions.

Apart from cataract surgery Dr. Singh also has a special interest in other diseases of the eye including glaucoma, retinal diseases, macular degeneration and age related effects on the eye.

Dr. Singh also specialises in pterygium surgery and has done several thousand of these surgeries successfully.

He also has a keen interest in the use of new phaco technologies (e.g.OZIL) and new intraocular lens designs e.g. Toric and Multifocals intraocular lenses.

Dr Singh is on the Alcon Board of Advisors (ABA); was involved in the Choices Symposium at Gold Coast and has moderated the Inform Meeting at National RANZCO (WA) 2007.

Dr. Singh currently practises in Coffs Harbour Eye Centre and in Chatswood Eye Centre in Sydney.

He has been involved in community education and provision of eye services to disadvantaged communities.


Dr Richard Stawell is a Principal Associate at Eye Surgery Associates and the ophthalmologist in charge of the Ocular Immunology Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.

Involvement with ophthalmology related organisations is an important part of his professional life. He is a past president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and has been chair of the College's research arm (the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia). At the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital he has been chairman of the senior medical staff. Currently Richard is a member of Vision 2020 Australia's Global Committee and Consortium Program Committee.


Clinical Associate Professor Nitin Verma is a practicing ophthalmologist in Hobart.

He has academic appointments at the University of Sydney and the University of Tasmania.

He is the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Hobart Hospital and has a very busy private practice.

In addition to the board of the Eye Surgeons Foundation, he is a Director of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Macular Disease Foundation, Australia and is the Hospitaller of St John’s Ambulance Australia.

He has a special interest in global ophthalmology and diseases of the macula and is involved in many local, national and global research projects.

He has received the Order of Australia and the Order of Timor Leste in addition to other national and international awards for his volunteering efforts.

He is also the Honorary Consul for Timor Leste in Tasmania.

He enjoys sailing, playing tennis, aerial photography and wood turning.


  • Raised more than $24.5 million for vision initiatives since 2003.
  • Our partnership with ORIA has supported more than 202 eye health programs since inception.
  • Raised more than $9.1 million specifically for vision research.
  • Helped more than 83,000 patients with sight-saving procedures across Asia Pacific since 2005.
  • Screened and treated more than 6,000 Aboriginals across the Kimberley/Pilbara regions since 2010.
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