BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Find out more about The Shepherd Centre’s Board of Directors…

Mr Peter W. Mattick AM

Mr Peter W. Mattick AM

Chairman

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience

Our new Chairman, Peter Mattick, has a long history supporting local and international charity and community initiatives both personally and through companies Salmat and Matsal Investments. Peter has been a Board Member of The Shepherd Centre since 2010 after learning about the organisation’s world-renowned programs through friend, and former Chairman of The Shepherd Centre, Michael Shepherd. As a co-founder of Salmat, a leading marketing and communications company, Peter knows the importance of communication, and the vision of The Shepherd Centre, to assist deaf children achieve spoken communication with their families, resonated strongly with him.

Mrs Colleen L Chapman

Mrs Colleen L Chapman

Director (Non-executive)

Qualifications

  • Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience

Colleen Chapman first became involved with The Shepherd Centre when her son Regan was born with a severe hearing loss in 2004 and has worked closely with the team over the years during his journey. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business and Technology and brings extensive finance experience.

Ms Fiona Fairlie

Ms Fiona Fairlie

Director (Non-executive)

Qualifications

Parent Representative to Board

Experience

Past parent Fiona has a background in marketing and advertising. She created and managed her own fundraising event for The Shepherd Centre, called ‘The Walk-for-Talk Fun Run’ over two consecutive years. She has been active on committees for several major fundraising events for The Shepherd Centre, such as trivia nights and a formal ball. Fiona won the inaugural City2Surf charity prize in 2007, raising over $30,000 for The Shepherd Centre. Fiona has been involved with The Shepherd Centre for over 15 years, since her son was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss at eight months. He received his first cochlear implant at the age of five and the second one at age 14, both with The Shepherd Centre. Inspired by witnessing first-hand the work of The Shepherd Centre, Fiona now works with vision and hearing-impaired students in mainstream schools in the Catholic Education Office’s Sensory-Impairment Program. She has recently attained a Certificate IV in Learning Support at TAFE and she mentors parents of deaf children, sharing her knowledge and experiences with families new to hearing-impairment.

Mr Chris Ladas

Mr Chris Ladas

Director (Non-executive)

Qualifications

Parent Representative to Board

Experience

In 2006, Chris Ladas experienced two significant life changes – in partnership with his family, he took over Melissa Confectionery; and in the same year, Chris and his wife welcomed their second child, Alexander, who was born with profound hearing loss. It was shortly after this that the Ladas family was introduced to The Shepherd Centre. Chris was appointed to the Board as a parent representative in 2008 and says his appointment has enabled him to ‘give back’ to The Shepherd Centre in a significant and meaningful way.

Mr Philip Rossi

Mr Philip Rossi

Director (Non-executive)

Qualifications

UTS High Certificate Engineering

Experience

Philip Rossi’s first experience of The Shepherd Centre was during his school days, when he became great friends with Danny and Penny Shepherd. However, it wasn’t until his son Charlie was born and diagnosed with hearing loss in 2002 that The Shepherd Centre became a major part of Philip’s life. In 2008 Philip was thrilled to accept an offer to the Board of Directors from Dr Bruce Shepherd, and has been an extremely proud member of the Board of The Shepherd Centre ever since.

Dr Hugh W. Torode

Dr Hugh W. Torode

Director (Non-executive)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine (Melbourne University)
  • Bachelor of Surgery (Melbourne University)
  • Fellow Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Experience

Dr Hugh Torode has been in private practice on the Lower North Shore since 1988. His son Will has hearing loss and is a former student of the Centre. In 2013, Hugh and Will sailed their boat The Shepherd Centre in the Sydney to Hobart race to raise funds.

Mrs Susan Turner-Kapsanis

Mrs Susan Turner-Kapsanis

Director (Non-executive)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (University of NSW)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of NSW)
  • Masters of Environmental Law (Sydney University)
  • Admitted to the legal profession in the Supreme Court of NSW (1998)

Experience

Susan began her legal career with leading Wall Street law firm, Milbank. The unexpected arrival of triplets and subsequent diagnosis of her son Alex with a significant hearing loss – the first baby detected under the SWISH program in NSW – led to an association with The Shepherd Centre that continues to this day. Given the comprehensive support her family received and the lifelong friendships forged in those early years, Susan was thrilled to join the Board in 2015, enabling her to make a meaningful contribution to an organisation that gave her and her family so much.