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Optometry Australia appoints Skye Cappuccio as permanent CEO

Optometry Australia has announced that Ms Skye Cappuccio, interim CEO since October 2022, has been confirmed as permanent CEO of the member-based organisation.

With a strong background in advocacy and policy, and more than 10 years with the organisation, Optometry Australia (OA) said Cappuccio is well positioned to lead the organisation and continue to advance the interests of the profession in Australia.

Prior to becoming CEO, she served as OA’s national general manager of member support and optometry advancement.

“During this time she was integral to numerous critical projects such as Optometry 2040, the successful campaign to secure the removal of the Medicare fee cap, major pieces of work around evolving scope of practice, and the strategic direction and implementation of the Optometry Australia Institute of Excellence,” OA said.

Supporting her demonstrated commitment to the optometry profession, Cappuccio holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health and is finalising her Masters Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on social impact.

She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“In her role as CEO, Skye is committed to building on the strong foundation laid by her predecessor Lyn Brodie and ensuring that OA remains a strong and influential voice for optometry and optometrists in Australia, and a valued source of information, education and support for members,” the organisation said.

Cappuccio said she is particularly passionate about supporting ongoing evolution to ensure a robust future for the profession.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as CEO of Optometry Australia and feel inspired about continuing to work with our members, stakeholders and partners to advance the interests of our profession in Australia,” she said.

“We have an excellent team in place with a strong commitment to members, and it’s a wonderful sector to work in.”

On behalf of the OA board, national president Ms Margaret Lam expressed its full confidence in Cappuccio’s ability to lead the organisation and deliver on its strategic objectives.

“Skye’s demonstrated leadership, deep knowledge of the profession and her experience in advocacy and policy make her the ideal person to lead Optometry Australia into the future,” Lam said.

“We are delighted to have her as our CEO and look forward to continuing to work with her to support our members and advance the profession.”

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