Board of Directors

President: Hilary Fisher
BA (Politics/Linguistics), MAppComm (Marketing), Dip. Creative Arts, GAICD
Hilary has a background in marketing and is a Principal Communications Advisor in a state government department. With experience in government relations and advocacy, Hilary has worked with deaf and interpreting industry communities as part of the Auslan Interpreting Industry Forum Victoria. Hilary is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, the Marketing and Engagement Committee, the Information and Communications Technology Subcommittee and Chair of the Community Advisory Group. Hilary is also a Director of the Tasmanian Deaf Society.

 

Vice President: Gavin Balharrie 
BA (Planning and Design), BA (Property and Construction), AIQS, GAICD 
Gavin is a National Director at an International Quantity Surveying practice with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Gavin has experience in governance, business management, and is an active member of the Deaf community in both advocacy and sport. Gavin is a member of the Strategy, Planning and Performance Committee and Chair of the Property Taskforce.

 

Chair: Garry Fowler
FCA, FAICD
Garry is a company director and Chartered Accountant and was a partner and consultant with Ernst & Young until 2005. He brings financial, risk management and business expertise. Garry is Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Subcommittee, Audiology Taskforce and Property Taskforce. Garry is also a Director of the Tasmanian Deaf Society.

 

Deputy Chair: Catherine Santo 
BA (Psychology and Political Sociology), BSocWk, Socio-Analytic Fellowship 
Catherine is a consultant to government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations. She spent the first decade of her career in the human services field in a non-government agency, and then within the Department of Human Services, developing a strong knowledge of the human services sector. Catherine is the Chair of the Strategy, Planning and Performance Committee and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

 

Director: Praveen Reddy
BEng (Chem), MBA, GAICD
Praveen has broad experience in the public and private sectors in the areas of governance, business case preparation, information technology, human resources, budgetary and financial literacy and public policy development. Praveen is Manager Client Relations for Periscope Corporation and has held senior executive roles in the National Transport Commission and VicRoads. Praveen is the Chair of the Information and Communications Technology Subcommittee and a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Audiology Taskforce.

 

Director: Peter Berg 
BCom, Adv. Dip (Financial Planning)
Peter’s background is in banking and financial services, with senior management roles both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Peter brings a lifetime of expertise in treasury, capital and liability management, risk management, audit and financial planning. Peter is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and chair of the Investment Subcommittee and the Audiology Taskforce. He is also a member of the Property Taskforce. Peter is also a Director of the Tasmanian Deaf Society.

 

Director: Peter Saunders 
LLB, Grad. Dip. Intellectual Property Law, MScTC 
Peter has a background in law and corporate finance with broad experience in commercial and legal advice regarding governance, investment and commercial matters in large listed companies and not-for-profit organisations. Peter brings extensive experience in strategic transition and operational performance. Peter is a member of the Strategy, Planning and Performance Committee and the Property Taskforce.

 

Director: Demetrio Zema 
LLB, BA (International Relations) 
Demetrio has a variety of experience in government, private enterprise and in the not-for-profit sector, and brings his knowledge in governance, leadership, strategy and business management to the Board. Demetrio is the director and founder of Law Squared, a commercial law firm in Melbourne with offices in Sydney and Brisbane. Demetrio is a member of the Strategy, Planning and Performance Committee, the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Audiology Taskforce.

 

Director: Simone Williams
MA (Communications Management), BA (Australian Studies)
Simone joined the Board in November 2017 and has a background in strategic communications and marketing. Simone has held senior executive roles in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Simone brings valuable expertise in marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement, government relations, corporate partnerships and fundraising. Simone is the Chair of the Marketing and Engagement Committee and a member of the Audiology Taskforce.