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The PEF Board

Liam Roche, Chairman, B. Bus.

Liam is an experienced business leader with a 40 year career in the media and manufacturing industry, retiring from the role of Chief Operating Officer of Seven West Media (WA) in 2015.  He is a Non-Executive Director for MSWA, Westcare Incorporated, is Deputy Chair of Crime Stoppers WA, and is an adviser to the Murdoch University Emerging Leaders Program.  Recognised as an exceptional mentor with the skills and experience to lead, influence and motivate individuals and teams to perform at their peak.  Liam has a passion for streamlining business processes and providing leadership develop effective teams. 

Liam’s ability to analyse complex problems involving legal, financial, and strategic domains has been invaluable to the board, as has his ability to understand and simplify complex scenarios without overlooking important details. His leadership style is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to facilitate cost efficiency and maximise revenue generating opportunities in challenging circumstances.  He is currently teaching part time at Murdoch University in Management & Governance, in the School of Business.  He sits on a number of Board committees and joined the ESF board in 2017. He played a central role in establishing the Perth Eye Foundation and took over the role of Chair from Kathy Reid in November 2018. He is on the program advisory panel of the charity.

Liam Roche

Simon Martin, BCom, CA, GAICD

Simon has over 25 years experience across all facets of business management, having worked extensively in both the media and health sectors. Simon’s previous roles include general manager for Network Ten Perth, and CEO for Cystic Fibrosis Australia. In addition to his role as a director of Perth Eye Foundation, Simon is currently the Chief Financial Officer and company secretary for WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA). WAPHA was formed after winning Commonwealth Government contracts to commission health services throughout WA focusing on mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programmes, general practice support, alcohol and other drug problems, chronic condition programs, and programs supporting the primary health sector in managing Covid-19.

Simon is also the Chair of the John XXIII College Finance and Risk Committee and Vice Chairman for Breast Cancer Care WA and has previously served as a non-executive director on the board of Cystic Fibrosis WA and was a trustee director of the Network Ten Superannuation Fund.

Dr Philip House AM, MBBS, FRANZCO

Phil is a West Australian trained ophthalmologist and was one of the founding surgeons who established the Eye Surgery Foundation charity in 1990.  He has supported the charity through pro-bono work on the board of the Perth Eye Centre and the Eye Surgery Foundation since then and continues to the current day. He operated at the Perth Eye Hospital for many years and served as chairman of the Perth Eye Centre board.  He left that board in 2016 to join the Eye Surgery Foundation board and subsequently played a central role in establishing the Perth Eye Foundation charity.  

In 2010 he was appointed an Associate Clinical Professor at UWA and has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed publications. He provided regular specialist services to the Pilbara region of W.A for 25 years and has worked in Timor. In 2017 he received an AM in recognition for his commitment to providing ophthalmic services in areas of unmet need and his voluntary services in Australia and overseas. Phil was actively involved in the evolution of the Eye Surgery Foundation into the Perth Eye Foundation.

Phil House

Dr Josephine Richards, MBChB(UCT), MMed, FCOphth(SA), FRANZCO, GAICD

Jo is a mid-career ophthalmologist with extensive experience in clinical teaching and professional development, particularly in the areas of service quality and accountability. She has been a member of the trainee selection panel and workforce committees of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) for several years, and works as a trainee supervisor at Royal Perth Hospital. She has taught eye health to nurses and optometrists as well as medical practitioners. 

She works in private practice with the Western Eye consultants in Perth with subspecialty interests in ocular inflammation, cataract surgery and glaucoma, and has published many collaborative research papers in those areas. Her previous pro bono work for the Perth Eye Foundation (PEF) was with the Program Partners Advisory Panel, but in 2021 she left that role to join the PEF board. She enjoys the opportunity that ophthalmology provides to engage with a wide diversity of people and contribute to improving the quality of people’s lives by improving their vision.

Emma Chinnery, LLB, BA

Emma Chinnery is a senior lawyer, practising as a Partner of Jackson McDonald in Perth.  Emma’s clients are primarily charities and other not-for-profits, Aboriginal trusts and corporations and government bodies.  She has a focus on commercial advice, compliance, corporate structures and best practice governance.  She also regularly assists clients with board training, and in facilitating meetings with members and other stakeholders.  Emma presents on governance and legal topics through Governance Institute and the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program. 

Emma has held board positions with Netball WA Inc, Glass Jar Australia Ltd and the Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations, and is a member of the UWA Sports Advisory Council.  She was the inaugural chair of the Governance and Risk Committee for Netball WA.  Emma joined the Perth Eye Foundation board in 2020.


History of the ESF

The PEF emerged from a charity called the Eye Surgery Foundation (ESF). The ‘ESF History’ button will download a pdf document  summarizing the history of the ESF its relationship to the PEF




Dr Ross Littlewood, AM, MBBS, BA(Phil), FRANZCO

Ross was one of the eight original founders of the Perth Eye Centre board in 1990, which operated the Perth Eye Hospital until 2018. He served on the ESF board from 2014 and then became a founding member of the Perth Eye Foundation board, which superseded the ESF in January 2020. He retired from the PEF board in February 2021.

Liane Papaelias, BBus, FCPA, GAICD

Liane was the CFO of the Eye Surgery Foundation while it established itself as an independent charity and transferred the assets of the Eye Surgery Foundation into a new entity. She gave wise advice to the board of the ESF during that transition and worked tirelessly to ensure the newly registered charity would rapidly build the capacity needed to meet its charitable objectives. The board of the ESF remain grateful to her and wish her well while she attends to the demands of private life. 

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2021 PEF Lecture

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