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.


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.


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); director of the Genetic Eye Foundation (GEF); director of the Bionic Eye Foundation; Vice Chairman of the National Ophthalmic Suppliers Association (NOSA) and a director of the Macular Degeneration Foundation.


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.


Bachelor Pharmacy 1965, Diploma of Law 1974

James joined the board of directors in 2009.



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.


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. .

Kristine O’Brien

Kristine joined the Look for Life Foundation as a director in 2017. She worked in investment banking in Australia and London until she was diagnosed with Juvenile Macular Degeneration. Kristine moved with her husband to New York where she worked for the National Association for the Visually Handicapped (NAVH) with the founder, Dr Lorraine Marchi. Kristine is very passionate about educating those with low vision and their families, especially the newly diagnosed. In addition to her role on the board, Kristine is working on her website which is a great source of information on what services are available in and around NSW, visual aids, transport options, technology, hints and tips. .

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