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Our Board of Management

Deafness Foundation is governed by a Board of Management whose voluntary contributions are invaluable to the Foundation.   Members of the Board also serve on Board Committees.

They have a broad range of skills, experience and knowledge both in serving as members of the Board of Management of Deafness Foundation and in the field of deafness and hearing loss.

President:      Ms Karin Gillies
Karin is a qualified audiologist with extensive experience in working with children and adults who are deaf or have hearing loss.   Currently a Clinical Coach at Australian Hearing, Karin is responsible for the coaching and training of staff, clinical quality assurance, project management and stakeholder relationships. She has had previous board experience on the Gardiner Pre-school Committee of Management, including a term as President, and on the Board of McKinnon Secondary College.  Karin is a Member of Audiology Australia.


Vice President:     Mr Paul O’Halloran

head-shotPaul is a consultant specialising in prevention of noise induced hearing loss. He has post-graduate qualifications in audiology, ergonomics, education and philosophy.

He is a Board Member of Burrinja Cultural Centre and the Deafness Foundation. Paul has had a life-long interest in wellbeing and the relationship between communication, culture, art and sustainable communities




Vice President and Treasurer:      Mr Andrew White

Andrew White PhotoAndrew White joined the board of the Deafness Foundation in 2019. He commenced the position as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance committee. Andrew has 19+ years’ experience in providing audit, due diligence and advisory services to private, unlisted public companies and incorporates associations spanning various industries, core to his own personal success is his strong work ethic.



Professor Colette McKay

Prof.Collette McKay

Professor Collette McKay joined the Deafness Foundation board in 2017 and became chair of the Research Committee in 2019. Professor Colette McKay completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Melbourne in Physics and Mathematics and following this undertook clinical training in Audiology at the same institution. Colette currently holds honorary professorial fellowships at the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne Departments of Otolaryngology and Medical Bionics.


Professor Greg Leigh, AO

Prof Greg Leigh, AOProfessor Greg Leigh, joined the Deafness Foundation board in 2018 and is the chair of the ANHSC. Professor Greg Leigh is active in research and has published widely on aspects of education of deaf children and related areas. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Deafness and Education International, and Phonetics and Speech Sciences and is Deputy Director of The Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies at the University of Newcastle. He has served on several Australian Government consultative committees.


Ms Marie Fram


Marie joined the Board of Deafness Foundation in 2002 and has served on the Education Committee until 2016.  She is currently a member of the Grants Committee.




Ms Lisa-Jane Moody


Lisa-Jane is an audiologist and currently working with National Disability Insurance Authority.  She has been a Director of Deafness Foundation since 2002.




Ms Zoe Williams


Zoe joined the Board of Management of Deafness Foundation in 2015.  An audiologist, she has a strong connection due to her personal deafness.




Dr Kerryn Saunders


Dr. Kerryn SaundersDr Kerryn Saunders joined the Deafness Foundation Board in 2018. Dr Kerryn Saunders is the Head of Unit at Hearing Loss Investigation Clinics. Paediatric Hearing Loss Investigation Clinic services are involved in many past and current areas of research, including collaboration within Australia and overseas. This includes the discovery of new genes for hearing impairment.