Our Directors have Industry leading medical education qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Vision Science, Orthoptics (Honours)
  • Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
  • Certificate III in Optical Mechanics
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment
  • Bachelor of Dentistry (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy


James Gibbins
Chedy Kalach
Pegah Noorizadeh




are leading industry and education experts who are passionate about creating a positive and innovative learning environment which supports skill development and professional competence.


Over 30 years industry experience

Ophthalmic Qualifications

Certificates in Optical Dispensing and Optical Mechanics

Education Qualifications

Bachelor of Education (Vocational Education),
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Training Experience

20 years in TAFE NSW, UNSW and workplace covering all modes of delivery and assessment including classroom, practical workshop, online and distance.

James is highly regarded in Optical and Education Industries as a passionate and progressive leader and teacher who loves celebrating student achievements. He has personally been responsible for training thousands of students throughout Australasia and is all about ensuring the student journey is a successful and satisfying one.  James has qualifications in both optical dispensing and optics mechanics as well as Bachelor in Education (Vocational Education) from the University of Technology Sydney and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Chedy has lectured throughout Australia and New Zealand, in a variety of topics covering various subjects such as ophthalmic optics and business management since 2009. Over the years, Chedy has reviewed, edited and taught the Cert IV Optical and Dispensing course, as well as the Diploma for Practice Management at various teaching institutions. Chedy holds a Master of Business Administration, a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. His optical knowledge includes a Bachelor of Applied Vision Science, Orthopics with Honors, from the University of Sydney. With his previous extensive experience as the Eye-care Manager for AHM, he also has passion and experience in teaching retail management, and business administration.


Over 15 years industry experience

Ophthalmic Qualifications

Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing,
Bachelor of Applied Vision Science Orthoptics (Honours)

Education Qualifications

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Business Qualifications

Masters of Business Administration and Diploma of Practice Management

Training Experience

10 years in TAFE NSW and workplace covering all modes of delivery including classroom, practical workshop, online and distance.



Pegah attended the University of Sydney where she received her B.Pharmacy and B.Dentistry (Hons) degrees with an Australian Dental Association Prize in proficiency in Dental Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She also received a prize in Human Rights and Dentistry competition. Her previous experiences include her position as a clinical hospital pharmacist in The Canberra Hospital, as well as Pharmacist in Charge in community pharmacies. Pegah has been a member of the Nobel Biocare Scientific committee and was involved in teaching and conducting hands-on-training courses in dental implants to General Dentists. As a General Dentist, Pegah has enjoyed providing high quality, evidence based, gentle and patient-specific dental care to her patients, with an emphasis on a preventative approach. With her qualifications in Training and Assessment, Pegah has also been involved in development and training of Cert III and Cert IV in Dental Assisting courses in TAFE NSW and CIT Canberra. Currently Pegah is also a Clinical Educator at The University of Sydney, Westmead Centre for Oral Health, as she has a passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of professionals.


Optical Dispensing Trainers


Certificate IV Training and Assessment (2017)
Certificate IV Optical Dispensing (2014)
Bachelor Visual Communication (2007)


Marketing Manager / Optical Dispenser – Independent Practice (2017 – Current)
Multi-site Optical Practice Manager / Optical Dispenser – Specsavers Australia (4 Years)
NSW State Business Development Manager – Photo Corporation of Australia Pty Ltd (4 Years)

April is a dedicated business professional with a strong passion for optics and education. She has extensive experience in business management as well as workplace training, which includes the development and delivery of both classroom and workshop based training. She joined the optical industry in 2013 and holds a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing and Training and Assessment.


Optical Dispensing Trainers

Adele is currently a practice manager with 5 years experience in the optical industry. Prior to her move into optics Adele had worked in the customer service industry for 14 years and studied education with mathematics. Having always had a passion in these fields Adele found the perfect balance with her customer service background in the optical industry. Completing her certificate IV in Optical Dispensing through Randwick TAFE she now looks forward to helping the next generation of optical dispensers attain their qualifications.


Optical Dispensing Trainers

Carly commenced work as an optical assistant with OPSM in 2005.

When Specsavers launched in Australia in 2008, she made the switch across and has been employed with the company for nearly 9 years, managing several branches with intent on purchasing her own.

Carly completed the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing in 2013 and achieved the highest award attached to this course, the TAFE NSW State Medal. Following this and in line with her passion for teaching and training, Carly completed the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2014.

During her career, Carly has completed multiple courses in Leadership, Staff Training, Culture in Optics and Project Management. With 12 years optical experience and a passion for coaching and mentoring her colleagues, Carly is looking forward to many new opportunities to further develop her teaching abilities with ACOD.