Board and Management Structure

The Foundation is managed by a volunteer board which meets several times a year.

The Board directors have backgrounds in medicine, science, accounting, financial management, law, marketing and fundraising.

The Board is supported by two advisory committees, on research and on fundraising, which meet several times a year with Chairman Grant Holley.

The Foundation Board’s links to various research institutes and hospitals ensures the Foundation’s mission progresses innovative research in sensory impairment; and assistance for deaf children from financially and socially disadvantaged families to receive hearing implants.

To contact the Foundation Board Chair, email Chairman Grant Holley: grant at (@) hnlaw dot com dot au

Graeme ClarkGraeme Clark AC
Founder and Scientific Advisor

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.

Roslyn Schnerring

Rosyln Schnerring, a Certified Practicing Accountant, is a Senior Financial Planner at RDL Accountants where her financial planning for clients incorporates, where applicable, strategies that consider tax, super, and other company or trust structures to optimise clients' financial positions.

Roslyn has a diverse background of Corporate multinational accounting, Treasury services, auditing and tax.

Roslyn’s professional qualifications include: Bachelor of Business (Accounting; Diploma of Financial Services; Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning; and Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Financial Planning Specialist.

Brian PymanBrian Pyman
Honorary 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

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

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.

Tanya Carter

Tanya Carter is a marketing communications and fundraising professional, a Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, and has extensive experience in senior roles for the public health sector and fundraising, including Austin Health, the ‘Olivia Newton-John Cancer, Wellness and Research Centre’ and the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Tanya has headed major strategic communications programs for many high profile fundraising campaigns, and currently consults with strategic fundraising firm ‘Fundraising Futures’. She also serves on the Board of the Outback Spirit Foundation to help grow Indigenous bush food farming enterprises as way to make practical economic and cultural contributions to Indigenous Australia.

Tanya holds a recent Master of Marketing (Swinburne University) that included an MBA subject in corporate governance and leadership, and subjects in corporate social responsibility and accountability, and social investment and philanthropy from Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact.