Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

As part of the 2022 strategic plan, the Board of Retina Australia has established a Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (FARC). The committee is responsible for the oversight of matters relating to the financial affairs of Retina Australia including:

  • Audit,
  • Financial Control and Reporting,
  • Risk Management, and
  • Investment management.

Josh Ginpil – Treasurer, Convenor

Joshua was appointed to the National Board as a director in 2020. He has extensive experience in senior management roles in the Corporate Governance, Audit and Risk Management profession within the Financial Services and Government sectors.

Josh holds a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia, a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University. Josh is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Manager and is recognised as a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Managers Australian and New Zealand.

Josh was recently diagnosed with Best Disease and is committed to the challenge of ensuring ongoing funding for research into a cure for all inherited retinal diseases.

Rajeev Chandra

Rajeev Chandra B.Com, GradDipAccy,  MBA, CA, CPA, ACMA, FGIA has over 20 years of experience in finance and commercial roles including in ASX and multinational entities in a variety of industry sectors including Not for profits. 

Barbara Hutchinson

Barbara Hutchinson, BA (Maths), GAICD, AIAA

Barbara has over 30 years’ experience as a governance professional in the financial services sector working mainly in funds management. She has acted on behalf of, as well as worked with, boards and board committees in relation to all aspects of developing, implementing and operating better-practice governance/compliance/risk management frameworks for board operations, for managing a board’s outsourced arrangements, and for managing investments. 

Barbara is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds the Certificate in Governance Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia, and is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. 

Heather Mack

Heather G Mack is an Australian ophthalmologist with a strong interest in medical retinal diseases, particularly inherited retinal diseases and their investigation using visual electrophysiology. She is Senior Associate at Eye Surgery Associates, a multi-disciplinary ophthalmic practice in Melbourne, where she founded and heads the Visual Electrophysiology laboratory. She also runs the Clinical Trials unit, and has been a Principal Investigator or sub-investigator in 27 sponsored clinical trials. She is currently on the Novartis Advisory Board for the introduction of Luxturna to Australia, and the boards of Retina Australia and Vision2020 Australia.

A/Prof Mack has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and 6 book chapters, and has given numerous invited presentations at national and local meetings. She has reviewed grant applications and theses for numbers of organisations and universities. She was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for services to ophthalmology in 2021.

Steph Forsyth, Committee Secretary

Steph has a background in law, corporate governance, risk management and board advisory and has a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) from Deakin University. Steph also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Leo Cussen Centre for Law and a Certificate in Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. 

 

Steph studied Corporate Law and Governance at London School of Economics and Political Science and is recognised as an Affiliate member of the Governance Institute of Australia. She is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia. She was appointed as the Committee Secretary of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee in May 2022. 

She is responsible for arranging, and recording all details of Committee meetings.