Board Members


Associate Professor Simon Skalicky - President

Associate Professor Simon SkalickyQualifications: FRANZCO, PhD, BSc (Med), MPhil, MMed, MBBS (Hons 1)

A/Prof Simon Skalicky is a Victorian ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma and cataract surgery. Simon is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Centre for Eye Research Australia. He serves on various committees for the World Glaucoma Association. He works as a glaucoma specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Glaucoma Unit and privately at Eye Surgery Associates, Melbourne.

A/Prof Skalicky remains actively involved in medical student teaching and RANZCO specialist training of ophthalmology registrars and glaucoma subspecialty fellows. He is an active clinical glaucoma researcher with over 40 publications; he is particularly interested in MIGS, SLT, novel means of visual function testing, measurement of quality of life and cost-effectiveness in glaucoma management.

A/Prof Skalicky is a strong patient advocate at a national and international level. He serves as President for Glaucoma Australia and Victorian representative for the Australia and New Zealand Glaucoma Society.

Rowan McMonnies - Vice President and Audit & Risk Chair

Rowan McMonnies joined the Board of Glaucoma Australia in 2019 in the role of Vice President.

Rowan has a commercial and legal background. He was previously a partner at a global law firm, Baker & McKenzie and held senior positions at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Rowan is currently Managing Director of Australian Eggs and a Director of the International Poultry Welfare Alliance. At Australian Eggs, he leads the research and development corporation in conducting research and extension to egg farmers and the public, as well as marketing eggs on behalf of the industry.

Rowan has a family connection to the work of Glaucoma Australia and currently sits on the Sustainability Committee.

David Koob - Honorary Treasurer 

Qualifications: BA, BSc and FIAA

David Koob worked as an actuary for over 40 years for both corporate and consulting organisations in the general insurance and superannuation industries. Most recently he was employed by Allianz for 17 years in capital and risk management roles in Sydney and London.

David has also been an active volunteer for the Institute of Actuaries of Australia including 7 years on the institute’s General Insurance Practice Committee. On that committee he was instrumental in the School of Risk & Actuarial Studies at the UNSW Business School receiving a significant linkage grant from the Australian Research Council Linkage. This involved the school working with IAG, Suncorp and Allianz, and resulted in research which significantly enhanced the school's reputation.

Deborah Ziegler - Honorary Secretary

Qualifications: BA, LLB

Deb Ziegler is a lawyer, mediator and Tribunal member. She has extensive experience in private legal practice with particular focus on corporate and commercial law. She has advised a range of leading Australian and international companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raisings, corporate advisory, foreign investments and private equity transactions. More recently her focus has shifted to consumer and tenancy law.

Deborah is currently a member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, appointed to its Consumer and Commercial Division. She is a nationally accredited mediator with extensive experience in conciliation. She has previously worked as a facilitator with Forum Sentencing NSW, as a member of the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, as a solicitor at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and as an associate at the Federal Court of Australia.

Dr Benjamin Ashby - Board Member and Optometry Chair

Qualifications: B.Optom (hons) PhD GradCertOcTher

Ben Ashby graduated in Optometry in 1999 from the University of New South Wales. He has practiced optometry and held leadership roles in franchise optometry, private practice, corporate optometry, eye research and education. Glaucoma runs in Ben’s family.

At the University of New South Wales Ben was the course convenor for the program to endorse optometrists to treat glaucoma. During this time he began his research into eye-drop medications, this has now expanded to investigating systems, processes and technologies that improve glaucoma detection rates.

Ben is now the Director of Optometry for Specsavers with responsibility for professional standards, clinical governance and optometry education programs. Ben is actively involved in the research, development and implementation of sustainable models of eyecare delivery that improve patient outcomes and reduce avoidable blindness. Ben also sits on the Optometry Australia glaucoma clinical guidelines working group, Deakin University Optometry Advisory Board, is an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW and an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Dr Hamish Dunn - Board Member and Ophthalmology Chair

Qualifications: FRANZCO, MBBS (Hons), B Lib Stud, PhD candidate

Dr Dunn is an ophthalmologist working in regional NSW and specialising in glaucoma. He works with RANZCO on the glaucoma education requirements for ophthalmology trainees, and collaborative care with optometry for patients with glaucoma. Hamish worked on a UNICEF project in Guyana, South America prior to medicine, and during medical school was Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

Hamish is a Conjoint Lecturer with the Rural Clinical School at UNSW and Clinical Associate Lecturer with University of Sydney. He is an active researcher with publications and ongoing studies in glaucoma, educating non-eye specialists to examine the back of the eye, and mobile eye screening technologies.

Within Glaucoma Australia, Hamish is chair of the Ophthalmology Committee.

Kirsten McKerrell – Board Member and Pharmacy Chair

Qualifications: B.Pharm, B.Bus (Marketing & Comms), GAICD.

Kirsten is a registered Pharmacist, and businesswoman who has owned and operated Community Pharmacies for over 20 years. She currently owns 3 pharmacies in South East Queensland.

In addition to her experience in Community Pharmacy, Kirsten is also an Associate Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland.
Kirsten is interested in working with not-for-profit enterprises that have a focus on utilising education to improve health outcomes. She is a member of the Glaucoma Australia Pharmacy sub-committee, contributing to the work of the organisation through building relationships with Community Pharmacists.

Maree O’Brien - Board Member and ICT Chair

Qualifications: GAICD, BA, Dip Teaching

Maree O’Brien has been a member of Glaucoma Australia IT Committee for 18 months and has recently been appointed Chair of the committee. The main focus areas of the IT committee are on the quality of the data that is captured and the ease of using the website for information, support and education.

Maree is an experienced senior executive with an extensive background in Business and IT, primarily in Senior leadership roles, Management Consulting and Organisational Change Management. She is a certified Organisational Change Manager and a Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Her career has spanned Government, Commercial and Not for Profit organisations in Australia, USA, Japan and Asia.
Maree is currently Managing Director of Executive Change, which specialises in Management and Organisational Change consulting and Procurement advisory services.

James Christensen - Board Member and Research Chair

Qualifications: BSc Maths, Electronics

Having completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics, James was fortunate to be offered a research position at Queensland University of Technology School of Optometry whereby he had many enjoyable years working with Professor Michael Collins and Professor David Aitchison in the area of Myopia. He then entered the commercial world of ophthalmics with Rodenstock in Sydney, as their national technician. A few years later he moved back to Brisbane to work with OPSM Instruments in the role of technical support and sales. He then joined OptiMed Pty Ltd and became a co-owner and director in 2006, a major ophthalmic supplier of specialised diagnostic products in Australia and New Zealand. Over the years he has been involved in the supply of many new and exciting ophthalmic instruments used in the detection of glaucoma. James, with OptiMed, has helped many charitable organisations over the years with facilitating the supply of donated equipment and technical services both locally and internationally.

James looks forward to working with the great team of people in Glaucoma Australia to try and help bring an end to the insidious disease glaucoma is.

Honorary Life Governor


Clinical Professor Ivan Goldberg AM 

make sure you insert an alt tagQualifications: AM, MBBS, FRANZCO, FRACS
Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Currently Director of Eye Associates in Sydney; Head of the Glaucoma Unit and Visiting Ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

Professor Goldberg has also held the position as an Instructor in Ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis (USA), Director of Glaucoma Services at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital, Founding President of the Asian Glaucoma Society and Past President of Glaucoma Australia and both the World Glaucoma Association and RANZCO.

Professor Goldberg is a well-respected member of the international community of glaucoma sub-specialists and member of the American Glaucoma Society, the Becker Glaucoma Society and the Glaucoma Research Society of the International Council of Ophthalmology. He travels both domestically and internationally, collaborating in educational and research activities with fellow glaucoma sub-specialists, as well as contributing to professional meetings.

Ronald J Spithill OAM 

make sure you insert an alt tagQualifications: OAM, FTSE

Mr Spithill joined the Board of Glaucoma Australia in 2008 and assumed its Presidency from 2014 through August of 2019. He has a deep personal interest in the early detection of glaucoma and in the role Glaucoma Australia plays in the care and quality of life of people with glaucoma.

Mr Spithill has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Program. He is a Director of Vodafone Hutchinson Australia and a Director of Hutchinson Telecommunications Australia. Mr Spithill is a former Director of Telecom New Zealand, has over 40 years in the telecommunications industry with Alcatel and led Alcatel's marketing efforts globally.

Mr Spithill has addressed the World Economic Forum and has served as President of the Telecommunications Industry Association of Australia, Director of AEEMA, Director of the Australia Industry Group, Member of the Australian Business Council, Member of the Malaysian Government Industry Advisory Panel, Member of the NSW Government IT Advisory Board, and Member of the Australian Government "Goldsworthy" Committee. He has also served on Advisory Councils to several Provincial Governments in China and also served as a Director of not-for-profit organisation- Good Beginnings Australia.

Mr Spithill is a Life Fellow of the Australian Telecommunications Society of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2014, Mr Spithill was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the telecommunications industry.


Our History

In 1986 an ophthalmologist and a glaucoma patient formed a Steering Committee to create a Glaucoma Foundation as there was no lay organisation concentrating specifically on glaucoma in Australia.

Board Members

Information about the Board of Directors whom govern Glaucoma Australia, their qualifications and experience.


At Glaucoma Australia, our Staff and Council members are supported by skilled committees which offer expert knowledge toward Our Mission: To eliminate glaucoma blindness.