First Voice Board

 

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, Dr 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 Chair
Clinical Advisory Committee

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.

Special responsibilities
First Voice Deputy Chair
Audiology Group

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 Immediate Past Chair
Comms Group

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.

Special responsibilities
Editor OurVoices Newsletter

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.

Special responsibilities
Research Advisory Committee

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.

Claire Green

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
Support for International Members