Parent Representative to Board
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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.
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.
Dr Miles Jakeman AM was Co-founder, Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Citadel Group Limited. He is currently Chairman of archTIS, Non-Executive Chairman of AIM-listed GetBusy plc, Director of not-for-profit Strategic Forum, Non-Executive Director of Manteena Security Australia Pty Ltd, Chairman of Fifth Domain Pty Ltd and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (National Security College).
Dan is a strategic and innovative Senior Human Resource Consultant at the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. With over fourteen years of experience working in human resources roles in large public sector organisations, Dan offers the depth of experience necessary to successfully support and enhance human resource initiatives, and to lead teams to achieve individual and organisational goals. Dan is a capable advisor, he listens, exercises manners when building his understanding of the business environment, politely challenges where appropriate and provides innovative solutions to deliver results and successfully lead change. Dan’s comprehensive knowledge of Australian employment law, his aptitude for consistent and accurate interpretation, and his strong leadership capabilities allow him to strategically support his clients through complex situations to deliver on organisational goals and expectations. Dan graduated with a Master of Business Administration at the University of Queensland in 2018 and a Bachelor of Business Studies (Human Resource Management) at Monash University in 2013. Dan lost most of his hearing when he contracted meningococcal meningitis at 18 months old. In 2018, Dan was fitted with a cochlear implant and is bilingual in spoken English and Auslan.
Dr Tony Coles is currently Chief Executive Officer of Audiology Australia, a position he has held since June 2015. Prior to taking on the role at Audiology Australia, Tony was the CEO of the Australian Association of Gerontology. In addition to being a Director on the Board of The Shepherd Centre, Tony is also the Chair of the Hearing Health Sector Alliance, and Vice President of the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions.