Debbie Schaffer OAM (Chair)
Debbie Schaffer has been a member of the Board since 2006 and was elected as President in 2009. Debbie and her family have been generous benefactors to VisAbility and she took on a very significant role on the Major Gifts Committee of the Association’s ‘Building our Vision Campaign’. Debbie has also been actively involved in the Ear Science Institute Capital Campaign and to date has provided leadership in raising $8 million for the development of a new Ear Science Institute. Debbie is a Director of the Schaffer Group of Companies and also a Board Director for Guide Dogs Australia.
Prof. Iain Murray AM
Prof. Iain Murray is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Curtin University. Iain’s research at Curtin involves development of assistive technology to facilitate learning and literacy for people who are blind and vision impaired. Iain is the founder of the Curtin University Centre for Accessible Technology (CUCAT).
Jennifer Dawson is totally blind, and with her husband, who is also blind, has raised two children to adulthood. Jennifer has a wealth of experience in access and advocacy. She has held positions on several disability access advisory committees including transport, local government and at VisAbility.
Kym Georgiou brings to the Board her extensive experience as a speech pathologist. In the mental health and disability sectors, through a range of allied health positions, Kym has worked with adults, adolescents and children in hospital and clinic settings as well as private practice. Kym is a Churchill Scholar, a published researcher and has been a member of the Board of Huntingdon’s WA. Kym is passionate about supporting and advocating for services that improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and adults with a disability.
Helen Smith OAM
Helen Smith OAM has over 20 years’ experience in the eye health industry. Helen was involved in the establishment of, and was a former Director of the Eye Surgery Foundation (Australia) Pty Ltd. Helen is a Fellow Australian Institute of Management, and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Sue Shoobridge was appointed to the board in July 2016 following the merger of Guide Dogs Tasmania with VisAbility. She has been a member of the Guide Dogs Tasmania board since August 2013 and President since February 2015. She is now retired, but during her employment prior to 2015 held executive financial management roles in the finance, agribusiness and government business enterprise sectors. Sue is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member and Vice President of the Tasmanian Divisional Council of CPA Australia.
Scott Marston was appointed to the Board in July 2016 following the merger of Guide Dogs Tasmania with VisAbility. Scott has been a member of the Guide Dogs Tasmania Board since December 2012 and Vice President since February 2015. Scott is currently CEO of Earworx Pty Ltd and was previously Deputy CEO TasTAFE and immediately before that was Deputy Secretary with the Tasmanian State Government Department of Premier and Cabinet. Scott has a Bachelor of Business Degree and holds post graduate qualifications in Project Management and Franchising.
As a Chartered Accountant, and member of the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association, Hayden has almost 20 years’ experience in both the UK and Australia. Hayden is currently a Partner in KPMG’s Restructuring Services Division, with a career focus on financial restructuring and turnaround assignments to assist businesses across a range of industries and geographies, having worked in a number of roles in professional practice, and for the Financial Services Authority in London.