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New Chair takes the reins at CERA

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Nankivell as Chair of the Board.image-tools (67)

Mr Nankivell is the Chair of Partners at Herbert Geer Lawyers and has been involved with CERA for the past 11 years. In 2006, Mr Nankivell joined the CERA Board and took on the role as Chair of the Eye Research Australia Foundation. For the past four years, Mr Nankivell has served as Deputy Chair of the CERA Board.

Upon accepting the Chairmanship, Mr Nankivell said “CERA is the pre-eminent eye research institution in Australia and has developed an enviable international reputation – I look forward to working with the Board, key stakeholders and above all the committed researchers and staff at CERA to help continue their fantastic work.”

Mr Nankivell noted that CERA is leading the next generation of scientific breakthroughs:

  • Implanting a new bionic eye prototype into a patient.
  • Further testing of an Australian owned and built nano-second laser to halt the progression of macular degeneration.
  • Developing Australia’s first vision regeneration research program to offer new hope to people who have lost their sight.

Outgoing Chair Ms Tina McMeckan is retiring from the CERA Board after nine years of dedicated service. Ms McMeckan’s enthusiasm and commitment to CERA were recognised at a farewell dinner last month, attended by past and present Directors and special guests.

CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston thanked Ms McMeckan for her leadership over the past nine years. “Tina has been a driving force for innovation and a source of stability during a period of enormous growth and change at CERA over the past decade. Her dedication, tireless work and passion for eye health and our research have been paramount to our success. On behalf of all CERA Board members, staff and students, and – perhaps more importantly – on behalf of patients and their families who have benefitted from CERA’s work, I thank her for her outstanding service.”