Our Board of Directors
The Essilor Vision Foundation Australia’s Board is made up of a team of leaders from the vision industry. Learn more about them below.
Richard Grills – Chair
Richard Grills is the previous Managing Director of Designs for Vision, a company which supplies ophthalmic and optometric products throughout Australasia. Prior to founding Designs for Vision in 1978, Richard was a clinical and dispensing optician specialising in visual handicap. He conducted low vision clinics throughout New South Wales at hospitals and ophthalmic practices.
He has been a lecturer in optics at University of New South Wales since 1974. Richard is also the chairman of the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA) and a director of the Genetic Eye Foundation.
Vera Beccherini – Secretary
Vera Beccherini is the Chief Financial Officer, Australia & New Zealand at Essilor Group.
Duy Phuong Nguyen is the CEO of Essilor Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Nguyen is a well-known veteran of the ANZ optical industry, having worked with Essilor in various roles over the past 28 years. He has been a member of the ODMA executive committee since 1991.
Greg Johnson is the CEO of the Essilor Vision Foundation Australia/New Zealand. Greg has a long history of leadership for organisations including the Optometrists Association Australia Queensland/Northern Territory, Australian Medical Association and Australian Federation of Travel Agents.