Parent Representative to Board
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Our 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.
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.
Parent Representative to Board
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.
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.
Dr Miles Jakeman AM is Co-founder, Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Citadel Group Limited. He is also a Director of Jakeman Business Solutions, Independent Non-Executive Chairman of AIM-listed GetBusy Plc, a member of not-for-profit Strategic Forum, a member of ACT’s Capital Angels, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (National Security College).
Miles’ daughter Grace is a Shepherd Centre graduate and Miles is delighted to join the board and support the life-changing work of The Shepherd Centre.