Nedlands-based Lions Eye Institute founding director, Professor Ian Constable, has been awarded a gold medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors for his outstanding achievements in the promotion of corporate governance in community-based orga
Nedlands-based Lions Eye Institute founding director, Professor Ian Constable, has been awarded a gold medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors for his outstanding achievements in the promotion of corporate governance in community-based organisations.
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The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) awarded Professor Ian Constable AO the 2009 WA Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the promotion of corporate governance in community-based organisations.
The WA Division Gold Medal Award seeks to honour and recognise the contribution of a member whose long-term quality of achievement in corporate endeavour, commercial and/or not for profit, has been outstanding.
Steven Cole, AICD's WA President, presented the award to Professor Constable at the annual black tie event for the Director community - the AICD Winter Dinner - held in Perth last night. The Premier, the Hon Colin Barnett and three previous AICD Gold Medal winners, Gordon Martin, Ian McKenzie and Michael Chaney AO were in attendance.
Mr Cole said Professor Constable had made a significant contribution to WA especially through his role as Founding director of the internationally renowned Lions Eye Institute. The Institute has been established as the principal point of referral of major eye disease in Western Australia and attracted numerous referrals from South East Asia each year for surgical eye care. The Institute is now the largest eye research facility in the southern hemisphere.
In a commercial context Professor Constable has assisted taking the fruits of medical research to the capital markets in his roles as deputy Chair of Q-Vis Limited and Chair of Argus Biomedical Pty Ltd.
Professor Constable's career includes Director roles with the Australian Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness (WA), the Lions Save Sight Foundation, the Construction and Industrial Eye Foundation and the Lions Eye Institute. He is also a Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
His contribution to the community has been recognised many times and this award joins a highly impressive list which includes Citizen of the Year WA (Professions) in 1987, Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988, the Chancellor's Medal - University of Western Australia in 2000 and Entrepreneur of the Year (Western Australia) 2001.
AICD is delighted to be able to recognise and award Professor Constable tonight for his contribution, to not only the business and director community, but to thousands of West Australians and others from around the world who have benefitted from his work with the Lions Eye Institute.
Professor Constable AO joins a long list of eminent WA directors who have each been former recipients of AICD's WA Gold Medal Award. These include: Patricia Kailis, Gordon Martin, Trevor Eastwood, David Young, Kerry Stokes, Michael Chaney, Ian MacKenzie, Harry Perkins, Warwick Kent, Ron Cohen, Denis Cullity, Michael Kailis, Harold Clough, Janet Holmes à Court and Rory Argyle.