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
Comms Group

Chris Rehn

Chris Rehn

Deputy Chair and 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.

Special responsibilities
First Voice Deputy Chair
Research Advisory Committee

Lester Wynne-Jones

Lester Wynne-Jones

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

Experience & expertise

An accomplished and trusted executive with 30 years of experience in management roles across Australia and globally, Lester joins Can:Do Group having most recently held the position of Interim CEO at Adelaide-based financial services firm KeyInvest.

He has previously served as a Director of the Hospital Research Foundation Group Board and on the boards of the Committee for Adelaide, Westpac Community and SA Chiefs for Gender Equity.

 

Dr Claire Green

Dr Claire Green

Director, First Voice; Chief Executive, The Hearing House

Experience & expertise
Dr Claire Green joined The Hearing House as Chief Executive in June 2019.  Claire has an established insight into The Hearing House, derived from being on their Board for several years. Claire has previous experience as a commercial lawyer, has a PhD in Law and enjoys research.

Special responsibilities
Audiology Group
Support for International Members

Greg Elphinston

Greg Elphinston

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

Experience & expertise
A lawyer by trade, Greg brings experience from a diverse international career to Hear and Say. Through his work as a social innovator and instigator of the UNESCO Mobile Learning week, he was influential in the creation and adoption of mobile technology for health and education in developing countries. Greg has contributed to social change in a wide range of settings, from youth employability in Latin America to remote learning across Asia and Africa. He has a constructive approach to partnership, and has held executive roles in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Greg joined Hear and Say in January 2022 as the CEO and is committed to supporting people with hearing loss to achieve their full potential not limited by their hearing loss.

Dr Aleisha Davis

Dr Aleisha Davis

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

Experience & expertise
Dr Aleisha Davis came into her new role as CEO in January 2023 after almost 20 years with The Shepherd Centre. Most recently, Dr Davis served as Chief Clinical Officer and was instrumental in the launch of HearHub, a global digital platform for hearing loss professionals, in 2021. She is a highly regarded industry leader, having been awarded the NSW Not-For-Profit Manager of the Year in 2014 and NSW Business Chamber Leader Award in 2016.

Special responsibilities
Clinical Advisory Committee

Donna Edman

Donna Edman

Director, First Voice; Chief Executive Officer, Astute Advocacy

Experience & expertise
Donna has over twenty-five years’ experience in corporate public affairs, policy and crisis management – delivering rapid diagnosis, triage, creative problem solving and relentless execution for outcomes. She provides campaign development, strategic government relations plans, stakeholder mapping, briefs and position statements, policy and corporate affairs guidance, end-to-end stakeholder engagement, Association management & secretariat support, and a weekly political Bulletin that bursts the ‘Canberra bubble’. Donna holds a BSocSc (Hons) from UNSW, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a long-time member of the National Press Club of Australia. Astute Advocacy is Donna’s business and is listed on the Federal Register of Lobbyists.