Who We Are

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.

Since 1974 Richard has been a lecturer in ophthalmic optics at Sydney University and also teaches at UTS (orthoptics) and Notre Dame University (ophthalmic nurses). Richard is a director of the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA), a director of the Genetic Eye Foundation and a director of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia. He is a member of the visiting advisory board at both UNSW Optometry School and UTS Orthoptic School.

Greg Johnson

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.

Vera Beccherini – Secretary

Vera Beccherini is the Chief Financial Officer, Australia & New Zealand at Essilor Group.

Phuong Nguyen

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.

Julie Heraghty

Julie Heraghty is the former long-serving Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership MDFA evolved into a robust organisation serving the needs of the macular disease community. The activities of the Foundation, over this time, have resulted in Australia becoming a world leader in awareness of macular degeneration.

Prior to joining MDFA, Julie spent over seven years as a Policy Advisor to NSW State Ministers, and also served as a director and manager in major government departments. She has served in local government as Deputy Mayor and worked voluntarily for many charitable causes.

In 2013 Julie was awarded the Harvard Club of Australia Nonprofit Fellowship to attend the course Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at the Harvard Business School.