Helping children to reach their full potential.

Meet Our Board

Mr Matthew Ames – Chair

Matthew has a unique mix of professional and personal experience, with an in-depth understanding of strategy, risk and cultural change. With a grounding of almost 20 years in the energy and resources industry, he has found innovative ways to apply his skills after the loss of all four of his limbs and significant hearing loss in 2012. Through collaboration across numerous sectors, both domestically and internationally, he has found new ways to achieve independence and contribute to the community. In addition to Hear and Say, Matthew is a board member of Bionics Queensland and Xavier Children’s Support Network, a council member for Centacare and a member of a number of steering committees for Queensland Health. Matthew was elected Chair of the Hear and Say Board in June 2020.

Dr Jane Black – Deputy Chairman

Jane has a longstanding career in clinical management of paediatric disorders, with particular application to the related supportive corporate activities. She has played a key role in the development of Hear and Say from its inception to its current leading place as the premier childhood deafness centre. She served as the Chair from 1996 to 2008 and continuing to-date as the Deputy Chair, together with long-term hands-on experience in Hear and Say’s committees. She is currently Chair of the Research Advisory Committee. Jane has a proven record of executive leadership, having worked for both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and serves on the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee. Jane has a strong focus on health innovation and research, early intervention and clinical ethics.

Dr Dimity Dornan AO – Executive Director and Founder

Dimity is a qualified speech pathologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Hear and Say. Dimity is also Founder of Human-Bionics Interface, linking professionals nationally in the human bionics field, and Founder and Chair of Bionics Queensland. Dimity is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Queensland (UQ), Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology (QUT); Honorary Associate at Macquarie University, and a current member of the UQ Senate. She has received numerous awards including Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020); Member of Chief Executive Women (2019); Senior Australian of the Year for Queensland (2018); Australia Not For Profit Technology Awards 2018 Lifetime Achievement award; Business Leader of the Year for India Australia Business and Community Awards (2017); QUT Business Leaders Hall of Fame (2017); and Fellow of Academy of Technology and Science (2016).

Mr Andrew Fraser – Non-executive Director

After a career in public office in which he held the position of Treasurer of Queensland from 2007 to 2012, Andrew now serves on a diverse a range of boards. Previous Head of Strategy and Investment at the NRL, he is now an independent director and Chair of Sunsuper, a top 10 Australian superannuation fund with more than one million members. He is a director of Watpac, NZRL, Motorsport Australia and 3rd Space. Since 2019 he has also been Chair of Orange Sky Australia. He graduated from Griffith with degrees in law and commerce, in which he achieved first-class honours and won the University Medal.

Dr Peter Riddles – Non-executive Director

Peter seeks to contribute to sustainable development through realising and applying the benefits of innovation from science. He is presently a board member of the CSIRO, Chair of the Experimental Development Program and advisor to several health technology enterprises. Peter was the inaugural Chair and President of Life Sciences Queensland, building on his experience as a founder and inaugural president of AusBiotech. He is an Elected Member of Chatham House, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

Dr Margaret Steinberg AM – Non-executive Director

Margaret brings to the Board expertise in ethical decision-making as a clinician, academic and administrator. A former Commissioner, including of the Criminal Justice and Crime and Misconduct Commissions, Margaret currently sits on several boards and tribunals, and was previously on the Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board. Awards include a Churchill Fellowship (disability and early intervention), National Health and Medical Research Council Travelling Fellowship (telemedicine) and World Health Organization Study (HIV/AIDS). She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 in recognition of her work in public health, discrimination, ageing, HIV/AIDS and social justice.

Mr Mario Pennisi AM – Non-executive Director

Mr Mario Pennisi AM  Mario Pennisi is a strategist and trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience in managing and growing commercial operations in the life sciences industry. Mario is the Chairman of Suncare Community Services Inc, Non-Executive Director of elo Life Systems Australia Pty Ltd, Non-Executive Director of The Queensland Eye Institute Foundation, Non-Executive Director of Alpine Immune Sciences Australia Pty Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Omniox AU Pty Ltd, as well as a member of a number of committees and advisory groups, including as Chairman of Griffith University’s Clinical Trials Unit Advisory Committee.

Mario is a Government appointed member of the QUT Council, an Australian Participating Delegate to the B20 and a member of the Queensland Government’s Biofutures Industry Advisory Group.

Mrs Evelyn Goggin – Non-executive Director

Evelyn has over 34 years’ experience in the energy, infrastructure and retail sectors, holding senior management positions in international companies primarily in accounting and corporate governance roles. Since 1997 she has provided consulting services to energy companies in the United Kingdom and Australia for acquisitions, business start-up functions, company secretarial and compliance roles. Volunteer roles in the not for profit sector have allowed Evelyn the opportunity to leverage her substantial financial and accounting experience to enhance school and charity boards. Evelyn has an enduring passion for the not-for-profit sector and a strong association with Hear and Say, having worked with the organisation in a consulting capacity in 2018. She joined the Hear and Say Board as of September 2020.

Mr Darren Sumich – Non-executive Director

Darren is a lawyer of over 20 years’ experience, specialising in structuring and negotiating financial transactions. Darren’s career has seen him practice in Sydney, London, Dubai and Brisbane and over that time he has been involved in a number of exciting and complex transactions across a broad range of industries in different jurisdictions – he is currently a Partner of MinterEllison and leads the firm’s Financial Solutions practice in Queensland. Darren has also led MinterEllison’s community investment and pro bono practice and is driven by bringing his commercial experiences to assist not-for profit and community welfare sectors. Darren joined the Board of Hear and Say in September 2020.