Knowledge. Experience. Direction.
ProVision's Board of Directors are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation. Together, they offer extensive eyecare and business experience.
Ian Bluntish, ProVision Chairman
Optometrist & Owner, Holdfast Bay Optometry, Glenelg SA
Ian joined the ProVision Board in 2008 as a Director and was appointed to the position of Chairman in late 2009. Ian has been an active member of the optometric community for over 30 years. He has had experience in single and multi-practice locations in country, suburban and city areas. He has a wide knowledge of the national ophthalmic industry, along with government, general business and corporate governance.
Ian has represented both business and professional interests by serving on numerous committees and forums. A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and past President of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light, Ian has served on the state and national councils of the OAA since 1980, holding the position of President of the South Australian division, and most recently, a five year term as National President. Ian spent 26 years with the Laubman & Pank group when it was optometrically owned, working as both Optometrist and Practice Manager in several locations before becoming National Professional Services Manager, responsible for all optometric aspects of the business including standards, equipment and recruiting. He was also a member of the board until the company was acquired by OPSM in 2001.
Raised in Adelaide, Ian completed a Bachelor of Optometry at the University of NSW in 1978 and an MBA at the University of Adelaide in 1992.
Christine Craigie, ProVision Vice Chairperson
Optometrist & Owner, Christine Craigie Optometrist, Gordon NSW
Christine first joined AIO (now ProVision) in 1989 and is now the Vice Chairperson of the ProVision Board.
Also currently the Chairperson of the NSW Optometrists Registration Board, Christine was instrumental in gaining State Government therapeutic recognition for optometrists in NSW, especially in glaucoma management. Christine's interest in the area of good governance has stemmed from her early and continued involvement in OAA State Council.
Christine gained Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry in 1998 and awarded the Josef Leader Award for Excellence in Optometry in 2000.
Christine continues to actively raise the profile of eye health in Australia whilst running her independent optometry practice in Sydney, open since 1987.
Lisa Bakker, ProVision Director
Optometrist & Owner, Eyes @ Narangba, Narangba QLD
Lisa joined the ProVision Board of Directors in 2007. With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry from Queensland University of Technology, Lisa also has qualifications in Behavioural Optometry (UNSW) and Ocular Therapeutics. She is also a graduate of AICD.
After having spent time traveling and studying abroad and having a family, Lisa now owns and operates her own practice in Narangba Queensland.
Actively involved in her local community, Lisa is co-director of a local youth group and has two teenage children with her husband Ross.
Bernie Eastwood, ProVision Director
Optometrist & Owner, The Focal Point Optometrist, WA
Bernie commenced her role as the WA Director on 25 November 2013. Bernie graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 1990 before accepting a graduate optometry position in Perth in 1991. Bernie worked in private practice for five years and during this time developed an interest in children with special needs and learning difficulties. Bernie completed a Graduate Diploma in Education at Edith Cowan University, Perth in 1996.
Bernie worked as a locum optometrist in a Behavioural Optometry practice and discovered her niche. The following years saw Bernie gain further clinical experience in Behavioural Optometry in a number of well-respected independent Behavioural Optometry practices in the Perth Metropolitan area. In 2008 she opened her own practice The Focal Point Optometrist in Yokine, Perth. Her clinical experience was complemented by the completion of her ACBO Fellowship in 2011. She currently sits on the Board of ACBO.
Bernie, in conjunction with ICEE, was involved from 2000-2004 in the writing and development of Primary Eyecare manuals and the delivery of these programs to local nurses in both East Timor and Vanuatu.
Bryan Fuller, ProVision Director
Optometrist & Partner, Horsfalls Optometrists, Echuca & Kyabram VIC
Bryan joined ProVision in 1995 as a member and was appointed to the position of Director in late 2005. Bryan has a wealth of experience in behavioural optometry and business, both supplemented with formal studies.
He has practiced in many rural areas and currently co-owns two practices in Victoria's East. His strong background in regional optometry enables him to provide first-hand insight into the challenges that exist for independent practices in these areas.
Bryan's formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne and a Fellowship of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometry. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andrew Koch, ProVision Director
Optometrist & Founding Partner, Total Eyecare,Tasmania
Andrew Koch joined the ProVision board in 2010. He has a degree in Optometry from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the College of Optometrists in the UK. He has completed postgraduate study in business administration (Latrobe University); he holds a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on the public health subcommittee of OAA (Tas).
Andrew has done voluntary work in Tanzania and Bangladesh and has been involved in eyecare program implementation and development in in East Timor since 2002.
He is CEO of the Total Eyecare Optometrists group in Tasmania and also enjoys working as a clinical optometrist in a progressive practice using the latest technologies
Joe Chakman, ProVision Company Secretary
Joe is the Company Secretary of ProVision and was the long-serving Chief Executive Officer of Optometrists Association Australia.
Amongst Joe's many roles, he represented the Association on the Medicare Benefits Consultative Committee and played a major role in negotiations with the Federal Government on optometry's role in the national health care system. He was intricately involved in the national registration program as it affects optometry.
He has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the New South Wales division of Optometrists Association Australia for his work on behalf of optometry.
Steven Johnston, ProVision Company Secretary
The CEO is accountable for providing strategic guidance and leadership for effective and efficient company operation, by ensuring ProVision has the capacity to fulfil its role of representing its members on a national scale, and facilitates the continued growth of independent optometry in Australia.
In his role as CEO, Steven reports to the ProVision Board of Directors and oversees the development and approval of strategic plans and resourcing strategies that are consistent with the company's business objectives. At the same time, he ensures that the appropriate resources, management infrastructure and systems are in place.
Responsible for all membership programs and services, including selection and negotiation of preferred suppliers and relevant discounts, Steven strives to deliver a competitive advantage for all ProVision members.