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Ten-Year Tenure for Hear and Say Chair

It is with heartfelt gratitude that Hear and Say farewells Paul Laxon OAM in his role as Board Chair at the end of this month, following more than a decade of inspiring leadership.

From the Brisbane centre’s move from its outgrown quarters in Auchenflower into the state-of-the-art Ashgrove facilities; to overseeing governance and accreditation during the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition, Paul has been instrumental in steering Hear and Say through rapid growth and change.

Chris McCarthy, who was appointed as the first Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer eight years ago under Paul’s watch, extended his sincere thanks on behalf of the wider team for Paul’s longstanding and multifaceted support and leadership of Hear and Say.

“Since joining the Hear and Say Board in 1999 and then taking the reins of Chair in 2010, Paul has been unfaltering in both his personal generosity as well as his steadfast leadership through what has been a time of significant growth for our organisation,” said Chris.

“Paul’s diverse knowledge, network, expertise and experience across a range of sectors has been invaluable, and I have personally valued Paul’s leadership and mentoring as we continually look to the future for sustainable, best-practice models for supporting children who are deaf, their families and the broader community.”

Paul officially stepped down as Hear and Say Chair on 16 June, and will remain as a Board member until the Annual General Meeting held in late 2020. Current Hear and Say Non-Executive Director, Matthew Ames has been appointed as the new Chair.


Maia’s Story

At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born. 

The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.

Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.

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