First Voice Board

 

Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick

Chair and 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
First Voice Chair
Research Advisory Committee

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

Director and Immediate Past Chair, 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
Communications Group

Jim Hungerford

Jim Hungerford

Deputy Chair and 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.

Special responsibilities
First Voice Deputy Chair
Representative on matters relating to NDIS
Clinical Advisory Committee

Chris Rehn

Chris Rehn

Director, First Voice; Chief Executive, NextSense

Experience & expertise
Chris has a wealth of health management experience and expertise to NextSense, having held senior roles within a range of public and private sector healthcare organisations. Prior to his appointment as NextSense Chief Executive in 2010, then as Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), Chris was General Manager of the SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, which merged with RIDBC in 2014, creating Australia’s largest cochlear implant program.

With formal qualifications in health and business studies, he’s a Harvard Club Australia Non-Profit Fellow, Chairman of an independent Montessori school on Sydney’s northern beaches, and has a passion to make a difference in the disability and education sectors.

Michael Forwood

Michael Forwood

Director, First Voice; Former Chief Executive Officer, Cora Barclay Centre

Experience & expertise
Michael Forwood has worked for more than 30 years in the health and disability services sector. Former CEO and a member of the board at Cora Barclay Centre 2006-2018. 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.

Heidi Limareff

Heidi Limareff

Director, First Voice; Group Chief Executive, Can:Do Group

Experience & expertise
Heidi Limareff commenced as the Group Chief Executive of the Can:Do Group in December 2017.  Prior to this role Heidi held several other positions within Can:Do Group operations including General Manager of Client Services and Manager of Can:Do Hearing.  Heidi previously worked as a senior audiologist and Hearing Centre Manager for Hearing Australia in Adelaide, Darwin, and Melbourne and as a research assistant at the National Acoustics Laboratory in Sydney.  Heidi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Audiology as well as a Master’s of Business Administration. 

The Can:Do Group is comprised of South Australia’s two oldest disability service providers, Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House, and Deaf Can:Do, The Royal South Australian Deaf Society.  Can:Do is committed to client and family choice and control as well as evidenced based best practice in all services. Heidi chairs the SA NDS committee for paediatric service providers and is a director of the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre.