Board of Directors
Dr Peta Seaton AM, Chair
Dr Peta Seaton AM was appointed as Chair on 8 December 2014. She is the principal of Strategic Consulting and has served as Deputy Chair of the Bradman Foundation and as a Director of CARE Australia. Since August 2015, Dr Seaton has served on the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Council and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre in November 2015. A former NSW Parliamentarian and frontbencher, Dr Seaton served as Director of Transition and Director of Strategic Priorities in the NSW Premier’s Office from 2011-2014. She was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2017.
Sam Andersen, Non-Executive Director
Mrs Andersen is a Certified Practicing Accountant with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She is a Fellow of Finsia (the Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sam was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Australian Hearing in August 2013. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, a Director and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for Chisholm Institute, a Director and Chair of Board Risk Committee for Beyond Bank Australia, Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Management Committee for Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd, Chair of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Limited and Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee for Department of Premier & Cabinet, Victoria. Sam has held senior executive positions with ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and NAB. Following a career change from banking and finance into industry, she was CFO at Lumacom Ltd and Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Multi-Emedia.com Ltd, and led the IPO as Managing Director of Eyecare Partners Limited (ASX:EPL).
Sarah Vaughan, Non-Executive Director
Sarah was appointed as a special purpose member of Australian Hearing’s Innovation Strategy Committee in February of 2017 and then appointed as a Non-executive Director in August 2017. Sarah has held a number of positions in the public and private sector. She is a graduate of the Australian Army’s Royal Military College and spent 8 years in the Army in a variety of Communications and Information Systems management roles. She holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and is graduate of Stanford’s executive education programme in Design Thinking. Sarah was most recently a Senior Director at Microsoft Australia, and has a strong background in stakeholder engagement, product commercialisation, as well as the application of emerging technology. Sarah is now the founder of The Arché, a bespoke accelerator and seed fund helping Australian SMEs market test new products and scale-up. She is a member of Melbourne University’s Industry Advisory Group and works with a wide range of Australian Universities on curriculum and student programmes on innovation and entrepreneurship. Sarah is also a Director in an agricultural business in Western NSW, producing beef for the premium Australian and Asian export markets.
Jody Currie, Non-Executive Director
Jody Currie is the CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She currently serves on the Board of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association and was a member of the Board of the Queensland Poetry Festival. Prior to her position as CEO, Jody was a member of the ATSICHS board over a six year period, two of these as Chair. Jody has a lengthy history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human service delivery and is a strong advocate for improving the service accessibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has a passion and focus on child protection and health, after her experience in a variety of roles in both the community and government sectors. Before joining ATSICHS Jody held senior positions at the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition and her most recent position before joining ATSICHS was the Director of Human Services at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).
Chris Crawford, Non Executive Director
Christopher Crawford was appointed as a Director of Australian Hearing in August 2017. He is the Principal of Crawford Consulting, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Industry Advisory Committee of the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy. Previously he was consecutively Chief Executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District, North Coast Area Health Service and Northern Rivers Area Health Service for over fifteen Years. Prior to that he was Executive Director of St George Hospital and Community Health Service and earlier he served as Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Health. He has Master of Business Administration and Master of Laws degrees and is currently undertaking a PhD in Government. He has a passion for excellent governance, strong support for frontline staff and proactive customer service. For his services to Health he received the Public Service Medal.
Kim Terrell, Managing Director
Mr Kim Terrell was appointed Acting Managing Director of Australian Hearing on 1 March 2018 and was appointed to the role of Managing Director on 30 August 2018 for a five-year term starting from 1 September 2018.
Kim’s extensive career includes working with and advising various ministers, Prime Ministers and their offices, to initiate significant improvements across various government programmes.
He played a key role in establishing three agencies, the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA) and CrimTrac, and is highly experienced in building innovative, high performing teams. Kim was instrumental in creating myGov and driving digital transformation across the Department of Human Services and the government.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and has also received three Australia Day awards. In addition to his professional achievements, Kim was an Australian Swim Team member from 1981-1986 and attended the 1982 Commonwealth Games and 1984 Olympics - winning ten national titles and holding six Australian records.
Gina Mavrias, Chief Operating Officer
Ms Mavrias has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Diploma of Audiology from the University of Melbourne and completed the General Management Program at the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2007.
Ms Mavrias has been a member of the Australian Hearing Executive team since 2004. Ms Mavrias has extensive knowledge of the business and the hearing industry and currently holds the role of Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the management of operations and service delivery across a national network of sites. This includes responsibility for human resource management, property, clinical policies and procedures, and marketing.
Brent Edwards, Director (NAL)
Brent Edwards, Ph.D., is Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney, Australia. He has spent his career leading research and technology departments at major hearing aid companies GN ReSound and Starkey Hearing Technologies and at Silicon Valley startups SoundID and Earlens. His work has led to the development of innovative hearing technology, clinical tools, novel diagnostics and outcome measures that have benefitted hearing aid wearers and audiologists worldwide. Dr. Edwards founded and developed the Starkey Hearing Research Center that is a leading site for research in hearing impairment and cognition. Dr. Edwards is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a Fellow of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine. Dr. Edwards received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Nick Fitzgerald, CFO
Nick joined the Australian Hearing executive team in February 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer and lead for Business Services.
He has worked in the Healthcare industry for the last 15 years, predominantly at Johnson & Johnson, in both Finance and Customer roles. He has served as CFO of the Consumer Products division across Australia and New Zealand and led the establishment of the Customer Excellence Division at Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Nick has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand as is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.