Council Members


Ronald J Spithill OAM - President

Mr Ronald J Spithill OAMQualifications: OAM, FTSE
Experience: Mr Spithill joined the Council of Glaucoma Australia in 2008 and assumed its Presidency in 2014. 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.

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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.

Deb 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 - Council Member 

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 Head 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.

Eugene Catanzariti - Council Member 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business  – Monash University

Eugene has spent over 30 years working in corporate Marketing and Advertising, having held senior positions in both. His focus has been in marketing, brand and communication strategy for organisations and brands

He has been involved in markets/industries as diverse as cars, department stores, services, confectionary, alcohol, cosmetics, household cleaners, beverages, casinos, government, food, pharmaceuticals, biscuits and worked on brands such as AAMI, Cascade, Australia Post, Bank of Melbourne, Myer, Honda, Schweppes, Crown, Toyota, Nestle, Lexus, Kraft, QV Pharmaceuticals, Stihl, etc.

Currently he is consulting on business commercialisation, marketing and communications projects for various clients.

Dr Simon Skalicky - Council Member 

Qualifications: FRANZCO, PhD, BSc (Med), MPhil, MMed, MBBS (Hons 1)
Dr Simon Skalicky is a federal Councillor and Chair of the Ophthalmology Liaison Committee for Glaucoma Australia. He is a glaucoma and cataract subspecialist with posts at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook a subspeciality fellowship in the department of Ophthalmology at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where he studied and practiced advanced glaucoma surgery at the prestigious Addenbrooke’s Glaucoma Unit. Dr Skalicky is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. He is an active clinical researcher in the field of glaucoma, particularly interested in evaluating new treatments from the perspective of the patients’ experience and their quality of life. Dr Skalicky consults privately at Eye Surgery Associates in East Melbourne, Malvern and Vermont South.

Suzanne Schultz - Council Member 

Qualifications: FAICD, MBA, B Pharm (Hons), BA, Dip App Psych.

Suzanne Schultz has been a member of Glaucoma Australia Pharmacy sub committee for three years, contributing to our work in detection, prevention and management of Glaucoma through community pharmacy.

Suzanne is a registered Pharmacist, registered Psychologist and businesswoman who has worked in the health and education sector in leadership roles for over 30 years.

She has held the role of National Manager Community Health Solutions with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Regional Manager for Kincare a private in home aged care provider and guest Lecturer Pharmacy Management Essentials with the University of South Australia. Her Board roles have included Country South SA Medicare Local, Non Executive Director Hampstead Health Family Practice, Non Executive Director Chemplus, University of Technology Health Masters program Industry Advisory Board and Chair, Cancer Care Centre.

Suzanne is currently Division Manager ACT with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow.

Honorary Life Governor


Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg AM 

Qualifications: 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.

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.

Council Members

Information about the members of the Council which 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.