- Eye Health
Nick joined Guide Dogs NSW/ACT in 2007. He was appointed CFO of Centre for Eye Health Limited in 2009. He is also the CFO of Royal Guide Dogs Australia (RGDA). He has substantial accounting and management experience gained working in the pharmaceuticals, diagnostic and food science industries. As CFO, he continues to focus on operational efficiencies, cost control and IT strategy. Nick introduced and champions the use of ‘Balanced Scorecard’ reporting to ensure the Group keeps its eye on both financial and operational goals. Nick gained his professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant while working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Business Consulting.
Born in Greece, Michael Kalloniatis migrated to Melbourne with his family in 1965. Upon completion of his optometry degree at the University of Melbourne in 1981, he continued his studies with a Master’s degree evaluating the visual characteristics of low vision children.
Kalloniatis then undertook his PhD at the University of Houston, Texas, studying colour vision processing in the monkey visual system. After receiving his doctorate he remained in the USA, accepting an appointment as a National Institute of Health Research Fellow at the University of Texas. With his interest in retinal neurochemistry and anatomy, he received a post-doctoral award to study retinal circuitry.
In 1991 he returned to Melbourne to take up a lectureship at the University of Melbourne. During this time he established a neuroanatomical laboratory and a visual psychophysics laboratory, also training a number of PhD students.
In 2001 he was appointed the Robert G Leitl Chair and Head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Science (DOVS) at the University of Auckland. During his seven years with the university, he saw the department double its student numbers, introduce under-graduate and post-graduate therapeutic training and establish a strong research base through the attraction of competitive research grants.