Who We Are

Our Trustees

The Essilor Vision Foundation Board of Trustees is made up of leaders from the vision industry. Learn more about them below.

Adrian Paterson – Chair

Adrian Paterson is Chairman of the board for New Zealand Essilor Vision Foundation and Director of Paterson Burn Optometrists Group. Previously Mr Paterson was a Councillor for New Zealand Association of Optometrists, Chair of the Waikato branch NZAO, Chair of Volunteer Opthalmic Services Overseas, accompanying volunteer eye teams to Fiji and Samoa. Mr Paterson also held the position of Chair of Prolab Hamilton and was a Board member of OHL and Visique. Mr Paterson brings to the Essilor Vision Foundation Board over 40 years of experience in optometry, leadership and business acumen in building a successful optometry practice.

Vera Beccherini – Secretary

Vera Beccherini is the Chief Financial Officer, Australia & New Zealand at Essilor Group.

Chris Aldous

A long history in the optical industry in many areas, from optical frames to managing optical laboratories. Followed by working for lens manufactures in the wholesale market and also for major international lens producers, building relationships with their practice based customers.

Phuong Nguyen

Duy Phuong Nguyen is the CEO of Essilor Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Nguyen is a well-known veteran of the ANZ optical industry, having worked with Essilor in various roles over the past 28 years. He has been a member of the ODMA executive committee since 1991.

Kumuda Setty

Kumuda’s career in Marketing and Branding spans more than 25 years. She joined Essilor in 2010 and is currently the Marketing Manager, Essilor New Zealand. She coordinates the NZ Vision Screening programme in Schools and communities.

Our Patron

Louisa Wall MP, Member for Manurewa

Louisa Wall was elected as the Member of Parliament for Manurewa in November 2011. Louisa believes that people have the solutions to meeting their own needs and her responsibility is to ensure public resources are distributed in a way that meets the needs and aspirations of all of our communities.

A priority for Louisa in her work with Manurewa community leaders is to help create and cultivate the environment for the next generation to dream and to fulfil their potential. As a former Silver Fern and Black Fern Louisa knows that striving to attain goals can be achieved with the support and encouragement of families and communities. Louisa’s work is founded on a commitment to universal human rights and to practically ensuring that all people as NZ citizens live equally in dignity and rights.