Deputy Chair

Ms Maureen O’Keefe

(BSc(Hons), DipEd, MBA, GAICD, WCLP) | Chief Executive Officer Australian College of Optometry (ACO)

Maureen O’Keefe commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) in March 2013, an organisation committed to improving vision health through delivery of clinical services; research via the National Vision Research Institute, a division of ACO; undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education; and continuing education for the optometry profession.

For the previous 7 years Maureen O’Keefe has been Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) where, at the same time, she also managed a $185 million WEHI expansion building project.

Ms O’Keefe has spent her career in higher education, research and health organisations and has more than 15 years experience in senior executive roles.

Her achievements have taken in high-level strategic projects and relationship management roles, as well as significant management positions at the University of Melbourne, including Director of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and General Manager, Faculty of Science. She played key roles in the establishment of the Melbourne Scholarships Program, the online university U21Global, and Universitas 21, an international network of universities.

Ms O’Keefe has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours, a Diploma in Education, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Williamson Community Leadership Program. Most recently, Maureen completed an Executive Education Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Maureen was a member of the Council of the Victorian Cancer Agency for 6 years, a Ministerial appointment which commenced in 2007 and included two years as a member of the VCA Clinical Trials Working Group. Maureen is currently a Board member of Vision 2020 Australia (since 2013) and was appointed to the Victorian Ministerial Consultative Committee for Clinical Trial Research from July 2014. Maureen is currently in her fourth year as a member of the BioMelbourne Network, which she joined in 2011.

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