Our People

Our Committee

Deirdre Hardy


Heidi Gregory

Vice President

Heidi is well known to many as the Founder of Dyslexia Victoria Support, a parent support group with thousands of members across Victoria. A passionate advocate for social justice, evidence-based literacy instruction and intervention for all, including those with dyslexia. Heidi is living the parenting journey with dyslexia, has a background in library and records management, and currently works as an Information Specialist.

Jenny Ward

Committee Member

Peter Fitzgerald

Committee Member

Rory Smeaton


Peter McCoy


Esther James

Committee Member


Professor Keith Houghton

Chair of Research committee 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.


Claire Stonier-Kipen


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.

Ashraf Samsudin

Specialist Education Consultant

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.

Educational Psychologists

Yasotha V M.Ed Psych

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. Education University of Melbourne Master's degree Educational Psychology The University of Queensland Honours Psychology National University of Singapore Bachelor's degree Psychology

Dr Cathy Catroppa PhD; M.Ed.Psych., Dip.Ed.Psych., BBSc; M.A.Ps.S,

Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Cathy is a registered Psychologist, with endorsement in the area of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital. She has completed the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (La Trobe University), Diploma in Educational Psychology (Monash University), Master of Educational Psychology (University of Melbourne) and a PhD (University of Melbourne). She is currently employed at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, as a Senior Research Fellow, with the title of Associate Professor, with honorary affiliations with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne (School of Psychological Sciences and Department of Paediatrics). In this role Cathy works extensively with children diagnosed with a brain injury, investigating strengths and weaknesses, predictors of outcome and trialling intervention programs. She also supervises post-graduate students (Honours, Masters, PhD). She brings this expertise to SPELD, both in the areas of diagnosis and research.

Janice Beddome


Kelly Howard


Supporting Team

Supporting Psychologists

Supporting Psychologists

Supporting Consultants and Presenters

Supporting Consultants and Presenters

•Tessa Calder • Nathalie Parry • Cameron Glover • Dr Daryl Greaves • Mandy Nayton OAM • Melinda Schambre