First Voice Board

Michael Forwood

Michael Forwood

Director and Chair, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, Cora Barclay Centre

Experience & expertise
Michael Forwood has worked for more than 30 years in the health and disability services sector. He has been CEO and a member of the board at Cora Barclay Centre since 2006. Michael has held senior management roles with a range of organisations, including State Departments of Health and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He was elected to the NDS State Committee in South Australia in 2008 and has been involved in disability policy and planning matters in SA for many years. He has been an NDS representative on the 2011 Ministerial Steering Committee, reviewing the SA Disability Services Act (1993), and a member of the SA Launch Site Working Party for the introduction of the NDIS.

Special responsibilities
First Voice Chair
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Representative on matters relating to NDIS

Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston

Director and Deputy Chair, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, The Hearing House

Experience & expertise
Scott Johnston has been the CEO of The Hearing House for the past nine years. During his tenure the organisation has acquired the government contracts for paediatric cochlear implant services. This has led to significant growth in the number of children seen by The Hearing House and the level of services provided to children and their families. The Hearing House is undergoing a $5m redevelopment of its existing facilities in Auckland, which will also see an extension of services to adult cochlear implant users. Prior to joining The Hearing House, Scott worked in large scale community event management and property consultancy. He is passionate about the work of The Hearing House and the outcomes that can be achieved for deaf children.

Special responsibilities
First Voice Deputy Chair

Therese Kelly

Therese Kelly

Director and Immediate Past Chair, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, Taralye

Experience & expertise
Therese Kelly has worked within the deafness field since graduating from university and was appointed CEO of Taralye in 2004. Her professional career includes positions within a variety of public and government organisations including metropolitan and rural hospitals, The University of Melbourne, Northern Territory Health, the National Acoustic Laboratories and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Therese is a Fellow of the CEO Institute, and holds memberships of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Audiological Society of Australia and Early Childhood Intervention Association (Victoria). She is also a member of the NDIS early childhood intervention services reference group in the NDIS Barwon launch site.

Special responsibilities
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Representative on matters relating to NDIS

Jim Hungerford

Jim Hungerford

Director, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, The Shepherd Centre

Experience & expertise
Appointed CEO of The Shepherd Centre in February 2011, Jim Hungerford comes to the role with 30 years’ experience in health sciences. Prior to joining The Shepherd Centre, Jim held CEO positions in Australia and internationally, most recently CEO of Pareto Fundraising. Jim’s prior roles include CEO of Intervet in the United Kingdom, various senior management positions in companies in Germany and in the United States, and roles in the biotechnology sector. He is also a former private practice vet. Jim is also a director with Work Ventures Ltd, a charity that engages with individuals and communities to improve lives through new skills, access to technology, community contribution and fulfilling employment.

Special responsibilities
Representative on matters relating to NDIS

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

Director, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, Hear and Say

Experience & expertise
Chris McCarthy was appointed CEO of Hear and Say in 2012 having been with the organisation since 2007. Since his time at Hear and Say, the organisation has grown significantly and its staff of 64 now support more than 600 children who are deaf and their families. Chris oversees an expanding service network, with centres in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville and an e-health program for rural and remote families. Founded by Dr Dimity Dornan AO in 1992 and initially caring for six children, Hear and Say now boasts world leading outcomes, a research and innovation arm and a worldwide education and training group serving health professionals across the globe.

Special responsibilities
Representative on matters relating to NDIS

Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick

Director, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, Telethon Speech & Hearing

Experience & expertise
Mark Fitzpatrick was been the Chief Executive Officer of Telethon Speech and Hearing since February 2017.  Prior to this role, Mark was the CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Western Australia for five years. After graduating from Curtin University with a Commerce degree, Mark has worked in a variety of roles in a range of not-for-profit, education, and government organisations.

Mark plays a number of roles in supporting the not-for-profit sector and community. He is the Vice President of peak body WACOSS, a member of the Centre for Social Impact’s Advisory Council, a past-President of edventures WA Inc and more.

Special responsibilities
Representative on matters relating to NDIS