Board of Directors

To ensure our focus of ophthalmic health care remains at the core of our activities, at least 50% of Directors appointed to the Board at any one time must be ophthalmic health care professionals.

Dr James Muecke AM Chairman

James is an eye surgeon based in Adelaide. He is a visiting consultant and senior lecturer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital. James has a special interest in blindness prevention, ophthalmic research and education in the developing world. James was a co-founder and Director of the Vision Myanmar Program.

He received an 'Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award' by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in 2011. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 and received a South Australian Community Achievement Award. In 2015 James was the recipient of the Ernst Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. James delivered the Hollows Lecture at the 2016 RANZCO Congress.

Professor Bob Casson Vice Chair

Bob is an ophthalmic surgeon-scientist with particular interest in glaucoma and ophthalmic epidemiology in the developing world.

He is proud to be a founding Director of Sight For All, where he has the role of Chief Scientific Adviser, with a particular focus on the interface between ophthalmic science and the elimination of preventable blindness in the developing world.

Mr Phil Jaquillard Treasurer

Phil Jaquillard is a partner of Jaquillard Minns Chartered Accountants and a Director of SuperGuardian Pty Ltd. He holds a B Ec from Flinders University and a Post Grad Diploma in Accounting. Phil consults to business on a wide range of matters including taxation, business structures, information technology, wealth management and offshore business.

He is actively involved in charitable projects, including until 2016, as Treasurer for the Mary Potter Foundation in Adelaide, and is a volunteer and advisor to Black Pencil Project in the Philippines.

Mr Michael Fotheringham Board Director

Michael is a partner at Barry Nilsson Lawyers. He has a Master of Laws majoring in Insurance Law and a Masters of Business Administration. He specialises in professional indemnity, directors and officers, casualty, public liability, product liability, insurance, special risk and business interruption claims. Michael regularly contributes articles to various journals including the Insurance Law Journal. 

As a Board Member. Michael continues to provide his legal expertise since the formation of Sight For All.

Mrs Melissa Emmett Board Director

Melissa is the principal consultant for Emmett Marketing. She has a business degree majoring in marketing from the University of South Australia. For over 30 years her career in marketing and brand management included working with brands such as Snappy Tom, SAFCOL, Balfours, Fauldings and SAFE. 

More recently as a consultant she has worked with SMSF Association, Dressed For Sale, Bedford, Optimistic Kids, Joust and Hands On SA.

Mr Gavin O’Callaghan Board Director

Gavin is an optometrist in private practice, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Adelaide and has a visiting appointment at the Contact Lens Clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds numerous Director positions. He is a member of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand Examinations Committee, and a member of the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences Course Advisory Committee.

Ms Jody Rowe Board Director

Jody Rowe is a specialist in the resources and energy sector who has a strategic view of the market, its needs and potential opportunities for growth. Jody’s career includes executive roles at BG-QGC (Shell) and Santos on mega projects GLNG and QCLNG. Jody is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rowe Advisory. As Chief Executive Officer of Rowe Advisory, Jody is a subject matter expert for global business development, services such as human resources and contracts and procurement, mergers and acquisitions and business and strategic advice.

Jody is a Non-Executive Director of Strike Energy, an ASX listed oil and gas exploration company and is a shareholder and Director of companies such as CD Power Pty Ltd, and iPIPE Pty Ltd working with MH Carnegie. Jody is a member of the Safety Leadership Group for the Coal Seam Gas industry Safer Together group. She is a member of the Mining Industry Participation Office Advisory Board for the South Australian Government.

Clin A/Prof Andrew White Board Director

Clin A/Prof Andrew White B.Med.Sci(hons) MBBS PhD FRANZCO is a clinician scientist ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital. His subspecialty interest is glaucoma. He was awarded First Class Honours in Medical Science in 1995 and a combined MBBS/PhD degree in 2002 from the University of Sydney. He also undertook research work at the Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany and the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of Cambridge. He is Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Westmead Hospital in Sydney as well as working in private practice. He has research affiliations with the University of Sydney at both the Save Sight Institute and Westmead Institute for Medical Research where he runs a laboratory developing new treatments for glaucoma. He has been working with Sight For All for a number of years, supervising in country fellowships in glaucoma.

Mrs Christine Molitor Board Director

Christine Molitor is the Chief Executive Officer of Scope Global Pty Ltd, a company with twenty-five years history in delivering international development, international education programs, technical training assistance and mobility programs around the world.  Prior to being appointed CEO in January 2016, Christine was Executive Manager, Global Operations, where she had leadership of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, Scope’s international network and the People, Culture and Services portfolio. Christine has built a successful career as a senior executive leader and board member, with a skill for improving business performance and long term organisational capability.  Prior to her time at Scope Global, she was the joint founding partner of a successful international consultancy business which specialised in strategy development and execution, leadership and culture development, and board and CEO development. Christine holds a degree in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. She is the immediate past Chair of CanDo4Kids, one of South Australia’s oldest not for profit organisations that provides services to hearing and sight impaired children and their families. Christine is also a member of the Industry Leaders Fund (IFL) and in 2017 was awarded a grant to attend the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program in the UK.

Dr Michelle Sun Board Director

Michelle is a South Australian Ophthalmology Registrar and a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She has completed a PhD in ophthalmology and been the recipient of numerous research awards and grants, including a highly competitive New Investigator Grant from the Ophthalmic Institute of Australia.

Michelle first became involved with Sight For All as a medical student, volunteering her time to assist with fundraising events, including the first Sculpture for Sight. More recently she travelled to Myanmar to assist with upskilling of secondary eye centres initially established by Sight For All. She is delighted to join the Board of Directors in the junior ophthalmologist role.