Optometry Australia appoints new CEO

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Optometry Australia (OA) has selected a new CEO, nearly four months after long-term incumbent Ms Genevieve Quilty stepped down.

The appointment of experienced executive Ms Lyn Brodie ends the search that began not long after Quilty announced her decision in November to leave OA and has been welcomed by national president Mr Andrew Hogan.

Before accepting the position, Brodie most recently was CEO of The Lowitja Institute, a research institute that focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She has also worked as a ministerial advisor within the Federal Government and was CEO of The Gandel Charitable Trust, one of Australia’s largest philanthropic foundations.

Following the announcement, Brodie, who holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, said she was excited about leading OA and working within optometry.

“The organisation has a great reputation. I am impressed with Optometry Australia’s record of achievement and for its fresh, forward thinking approach to leading, engaging and promoting the sector,” she said.
“I am committed to ensuring that our organisation continues to deliver exceptional member value and that we do everything in our power to protect, enhance and grow optometry as a core health service within Australia,” Brodie added.

Meanwhile, Hogan said the board was delighted Brodie was joining the organisation, adding: “Her career has spanned both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She brings to optometry a background in health, policy, stakeholder engagement and philanthropy.
“Ms Brodie has extensive experience in business strategy development and funding diversification as well as first-hand insights into government liaison and legislation planning,” Hogan said.

Brodie started her role at OA on June 8.