Board and Management Structure

Graeme ClarkGraeme Clark
Chairman

Professor Graeme Clark AC, initiated and led research at the University of Melbourne , with support from the Bionic Ear Institute, resulting in the multi-channel cochlear implant (bionic ear) for people with severe-to-profound hearing loss. The device has been developed industrially by Cochlear Limited. It is the first clinically successful method of restoring brain function, and the first advance in helping deaf children to communicate in the last 200 years. It was the first cochlear implant of any type to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as sage and effective for use on children.

David BurtDavid Burt
Secretary/Treasurer

David was a founding Board member of a district school. He served as a volunteer solicitor with the local Citizens Advice Bureau for twenty years. David was also a member of the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Animal Research Ethics Committee, for the period of fifteen years. In this capacity he participated in the ethical supervision, in accordance with the relevant Code of practice, of the use by the Hospital researchers, of animals for scientific purposes. The ongoing development of the bionic ear was an integral part of this experimental work.

Peter KentleyPeter Kentley
Director

Peter flew as an airline pilot for 25 years with Ansett in Australia. During this time he served as both a Training Captain and Simulator Manager. For seven years he flew overseas, including service as a Commander on long haul international operations with Air Mauritius and Singapore Airlines. Peter also served as an air safety development specialist with the International Federation of Airline Pilots and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Since the early 1980s Peter pioneered and developed Christian fellowship groups in the airlines both in Australia and overseas.

Since leaving flying in 2002 Peter has been engaged in developing new spheres of marketplace ministry.

Peter is the CEO of Australian Marketplace Connections incorporating Integrated Leadership Groups which provides facilitated peer mentoring for CEOs, managers and directors of both Public Listed Companies and Small to Medium Enterprise companies.

Brian PymanBrian Pyman
Director

Brian Pyman entered the Medical Faculty, University of Melbourne, in 1962 and qualified as Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.  He did postgraduate training in hospitals in Melbourne and received a diploma in Laryngology and Otology from the University of Melbourne.  In 1974 he qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology.

His contribution to the early cochlear implant research included matters of surgical safety, insertion of the electrodes with minimal trauma to the cochlea and radiological examination. He was a senior surgeon at The Cochlear Implant Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital which became the first public hospital-based cochlea implant clinic in the world. He was made an Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne. He has played an important role in teaching otolaryngology to surgeons in training. He took a special interest in the impact of the surgery on the whole family.

He has for many years played a key role as a member of the Deafness Foundation Australia (Vic) and now is using computer technologies to assist with virtual surgery.

Stephen O’Leary
Director

Professor Stephen O’Leary holds the William Gibson Chair of Otolaryngology at The University of Melbourne. Stephen obtained his PhD at The University of Melbourne in 1994, and completed surgical training in
Ear Nose and Throat - Head and Neck Surgery in 1998. Stephen has undertaken post-doctoral research at Oxford University, UK and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since then he has worked as both a surgeon and a medical researcher at The University of Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  Stephen is known internationally for his clinical and research activities in ear disease, hearing and balance, and particularly for contributions to cochlear implantation. He also has strong research interests in the use of simulation in surgical education, and in ear disease amongst Indigenous Australians.

Grant Holley
Director

Grant Holley is a principal of Holley Nethercote Commercial & Financial Services Lawyers and Compact – Compliance & Training.  Grant was a member of the Victorian Bar between 1986 and commencing Holley Nethercote/Compact in March 1995.

Grant’s practice has been predominantly in commercial law and financial services law. He has represented many medium to large corporations in courts and tribunals at all levels.

Grant holds degrees in economics and law from Monash University and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. He is a fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and is a graded arbitrator and accredited mediator. Grant is a contributing author to a number of legal publications and journals.

Grant is a founding member and Associate of the Australasian Compliance. He has also provided training to staff of Australian regulators.