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.

Pierre Longerna

Pierre Longerna is the CEO of Essilor Australia and New Zealand. Mr Longerna has been with Essilor International since 2005 and has held a range of strategic roles including commercial positions in Europe and then in Canada as the President of Nikon Optical North America. He has been with Essilor Australia and New Zealand since 2017.