Our Board of Directors

Howard Singer
Non-Executive Director
Dr Singer has over 27 years of leadership experience working for the Specsavers group in Australia and the UK and was the first partner to be recognised as both a clinical and retail advisor to the board. Dr Singer ran a landmark practice for Specsavers in London. During that time, he developed a clinically trained cross-functional team of 35 people, all trained with a keen clinical eye on business development. In 2008 he relocated to Melbourne to help grow Australian practices and company brand whilst embedding a patient-centric culture and overseeing the attraction, retention and development of clinical talent. Dr Singer is joining AEC as a trusted Director and Advisor to the board. He brings unparalleled expertise in accurately and quickly analysing data to enhance decision making to achieve both growth and profitability for the partners born from key clinical efficiencies
Avner Engel
CEO & Director
In his role as vice president of EyeCarePro, Avner gained the trust of more than 1,800 practice owners and over 80 employees. The company experienced significant transformation in all aspects of the business, including creation of innovative practice growth strategies, development of new products and services, as well as leadership of its global workforce. Avner was recognised by Vision Monday as one of the leading innovators and experts in optometry practice management and growth. He has lectured thousands of doctors worldwide about how to optimise their practices and grow revenue through medical and specialty eye care. Avner has built strong relationships with thousands of doctors and leading Optometric groups. It is safe to say that no other Optometric leader has the experience of growing practices at scale like Avner. In his earlier years before dedicating himself to eye care, Avner Engel was CEO and founder of a successful manufacturing company that he exited.
Sam Herszberg
Non-executive Director
Sam is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in the support and management of many start-ups over his career. In 2004 Sam co-founded the largest Property Management Group in Australia (Run Property), a roll-out of property management businesses across Australia. Run Property listed on the ASX and was subsequently taken over. Sam was an executive of the business, which employed over 400 staff and managed over 18,000 properties and was the outcome of the roll-out of multiple property management businesses. Sam also founded Agent +, which was part of ‘Real Estate Corp Limited’ and provided back-office solutions through Software as a Solution (SaaS) to prominent real estate agents across Australia. Sam realised the value in this business through a trade sale to Paul Little and now trades as Little Real Estate.
Jeff Stein
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Stein qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and has more than 20 years of experience in senior Financial Management roles. He was Chief Financial Officer of RUN Corp Limited, a real estate property management roll-out that listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Jeff’s involvement at RUN Corp Limited included acquisition due diligence, preparation of prospectus, negotiation and monitoring of Group banking facilities and full function reporting to Board of Directors. Prior to RUN Corp, Jeff was Chief Financial Officer of Prism Transactive Malaysia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prism Holdings Ltd; a listed IT company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The Company, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed 70% to total Group income and primarily serviced the telecommunication and oil & petroleum industries in the Asia Pacific Region.
Christopher S. Darby
BA LLB GAICD GDM(AGSM)): An internationally experienced director and lawyer. He has in-country executive board and management experience across Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific and North America. Chris has structured and managed capital,legal and operational programs for established and emerging companies. He has extensive networks in global finance, banking, investment, trade, logistics, technology, advanced materials science, manufacturing and start-ups with hands on team building and operations experience.

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