Our People

Our Committee

Matt Foran

President

(Audit & Risk; Communications & PR; Remuneration & Nominations Subcommittees & Research Committee) Matt Foran is a Partner with strategic communications consultancy firm SenateSHJ, and a corporate affairs specialist with nearly two decades experience providing high level advice and counsel to operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Prior to joining SenateSHJ, Matt was at Australia Post where he was Head of External Affairs Strategy. His previous roles have included senior corporate affairs positions in the mining and resources and agribusiness sectors as well as experience in the public policy arena.

Stephanie De Campo

Vice President

(Chair, Communications & PR Subcommittee) Stephanie has extensive experience providing strategic media and communications advice to organisations across the not-for-profit, youth and education sectors. She is a specialist in stakeholder relations, currently working within the AFL industry and harnessing their support to improve outcomes for young people in need. She is passionate about education and has worked on health and public education campaigns at both a state and national level. In a previous role at headspace, Stephanie led social marketing campaigns and directed a national network to improve mental health literacy among diverse Australian communities.

Claire Britchford

Treasurer

(Chair, Audit & Risk Subcommittee) Claire is currently the Chief Finance Officer at Melbourne Polytechnic and brings a wealth of knowledge from senior finance positions within government and the private sector. For 10 years she held the role of Chief Finance Officer at the Victorian Department of Education and Training and prior to that held finance and planning roles in large private sector companies both in Australia and the UK. She is CPA qualified and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She passionately believes in education not only to allow all to realise their full potential but also as a means to relieve disadvantage, prejudice and intolerance in societies.

Fiona Hinrichsen

Secretary

(Audit & Risk Subcommittee) Fiona has over 22 years of experience working in the corporate, not-for-profit and wealth management sectors. In her current role as Executive Director, Private Client Services, EY, Fiona works with families to provide strategic advice in the areas of succession, governance and estate planning. Fiona also has extensive expertise in the areas of trustee services, superannuation, and retirement planning, tax, structuring and asset protection. Fiona is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a 18 year old son with severe dyslexia and so has a real interest in supporting SPELD both from a governance perspective and also as a parent of a child with learning difficulties.

Graham Holdaway

(Chair, Operations Subcommittee) Graham is a chartered account, a farmer and forester. He has worked in the energy sector for over 35 years and has sat on the Boards of energy and natural resource companies with operations in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom. Graham is currently a Non-Executive Director at Asset Resolution, an ASX listed company, and continues to run his own consultancy Holdaway and Holdaway. He was a Partner at KPMG for over 20 years where he specialised in energy policy and regulation. He continues to be engaged with the organisation as an Advisor. He is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to SPELD's important work.

Jenny Ward

(Operations Subcommittee) Recently retired from the Victorian Department of Education and Training as Assistant Principal for many years at Ringwood Secondary College, Jenny gained her Arts degree in Foreign Languages, History and Classical Studies at Monash University. Areas of engagement spanned student welfare, sport, staff selection and wellbeing as well as inductions/ reviews of staff and curriculum change. Interested in literature, sport and travel, Jenny currently tutors VCE students and works for the Education faculty at Deakin University. She is delighted to be part of SPELD Victoria and firmly believes in unlocking the strengths of all to achieve.

Ian McCubbing

(Audit & Risk Subcommittee) Ian is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ corporate experience, principally in the areas of corporate finance and M&A. He has spent more than 13 years’ working with ASX-listed companies in senior finance roles, including positions as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in industrial and mining companies. Ian is a Non-Executive Director of Swick Mining Services Limited and Avenira. In addition to these roles, he is a Non-Executive Chairman at Rimfire Pacific Mining NL and Sun Resources Ltd. Ian is also a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

Patron

Professor Keith Houghton

Prior to his retirement Keith Houghton was Professor of Business Administration at the Australian National University. He is now an Emeritus Professor of the University. Professor Houghton holds degrees from the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Accountants in Australia. For eight years Professor Houghton served as Dean of the University’s College of Business and Economics and its antecedent bodies.

Staff

Claire Stonier-Kipen

CEO

Claire is an experienced executive and senior manager in the arts and cultural sectors, with arts organisations, State and Local Government; and manager of large teams. She has strong skills in strategy, policy, shaping creative programs or solutions that build public value; resolve or improve business issues; and manage change to implement new ideas. Claire has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also has an extensive background in the arts as a professional arts practitioner and a past personal connection to SPELD Victoria.

Yasotha V

Senior Psychologist

Yasotha is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychologist who has worked both in Melbourne and Singapore. She was employed by the Ministry of Education of Singapore for over 8 years as a Secondary Teacher and Educational Psychologist, before gaining the position of Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She currently lectures at University of Melbourne and continues to consult at a private practice. Yasotha specialises in learning difficulties and socio-emotional challenges.

Mim Davidson

Educational Specialist (Infoline - 1800 051 533)

Mim Davidson, N.T. Carysfort Training College, Dublin; Diploma of Teaching of the Deaf, University College Dublin; Graduate Diploma in Special Education, University of Melbourne. Mim has been involved with SPELD Victoria since 1970. Her tireless work has enabled SPELD Vic to work with families, teachers and individuals in Victoria as well as making links within Australia and around the world building our knowledge of dyslexia and learning difficulties in children and adults of all ages. Qualified as a Primary Teacher and a Teacher of the Deaf in Ireland, Mim also has postgraduate qualifications in the area of specific learning difficulties from the University of Melbourne. Currently, Mim is also a consultant with Learning Difficulties Australia. She has worked across higher education, primary and secondary schooling to see children and adults achieve their educational goals.

Maureen Younan

Family and Administration Officer

Rita Elias

Family and Administration Officer

Avani Sorathia

Finance Officer

Educational Psychologists

Janice Beddome

Dr Cathy Catroppa

Jennifer Finemore

Sara Gook

Dr Jacqueline Harvey

Adina Kotler

Ann Magiris

Marisa Rossignolo

Dr John Ryan

Jo-Ann Spataro

Supporting Consultants

Tessa Calder

Cameron Glover

Dr Daryl Greaves

Mandy Nayton OAM