Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Speech Pathology Australia is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the Association's procedures and policies within the rules of the Constitution.

The Board of Speech Pathology Australia currently has seven Directors, with three members of the Board elected to the Office Bearer positions of President, Vice President Operations (VPO) and Vice President Communication (VPC), which forms the Board Executive Subcommittee.

View the current Board of Directors

View Past Councils and Boards and Presidents

Board Nominations

In accordance with Speech Pathology Australia’s Constitution, nominations are currently sought to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors.

Board nominations are sought from within the membership on an annual basis, with nominations being due no later than 5.00 pm (AEDT), 31 January in any given year.

Speech Pathology Australia’s Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the Association's policies and procedures within the rules of the Constitution.

This key leadership role offers a wonderful opportunity to develop new skills and contribute significantly to the strategic direction of the Association and the speech pathology profession.

Directors hold major responsibility within the Association and as such, many Directors have never previously undertaken a role with similar legal, financial and strategic management responsibilities.

Every possible support and assistance is provided by experienced Directors, especially members of Board Executive Subcommittee, the Chief Executive Officer and National Office staff.

Detailed information is available in the Director Information and Expectations Package This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF. and Director Nomination Form This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.. Each nomination must address key selection criteria and completed nomination forms must be received at National Office by Sunday 31 January 2021. (Late nominations cannot be considered).

Any voting member is encouraged to nominate, while retiring Directors are eligible to renominate. Speech Pathology Australia is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes nominations from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people of all abilities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities. Elections will be held if more than three nominations are received.

The appointments will be effective from the 2021Annual General Meeting in May for a period of two years.

Please note: under the current Constitution the Association cannot have any more than two Directors from any one state or territory. Given that there are two Queensland based Directors continuing in their current term, the Association cannot accept nominations from Queensland based members on this occasion.

Members seeking further information or wanting to discuss their nomination should contact a current Director, or the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Gail Mulcair.

At Board meetings, decisions affecting the policies, procedures and the business of the Association are debated and resolved.

The Board Executive Subcommittee - President, Vice President (Operations) and Vice President (Communication) meets, in person, ahead of each Board meeting, and on an as required basis via teleconference between meetings.

The Finance, Audit and Risk and Governance Subcommittee also meet on an as required basis, between Board meetings.


The President is the Chair of the Board of Directors. The President also represents the Association in the media, and meets key stakeholders. View a list of the Past Presidents of the Association.

Vice Presidents

The Vice President Operations (Operations) and the Vice President Communications (Communications) are both members of the Board of Directors.

The Vice President (Operations) supervises the business operations of the Association.

The Vice President (Communications) aims to provide effective communication with and between members of the Board of Directors and the Association’s membership. The Vice President (Communications) also liaises between the membership and the Association’s Ethics Board and the Board of Directors.

Current Directors

Tim KittelThis is a photograph of Tim Kittel, National President of Speech Pathology Australia.

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This is a photograph of Chyrisse Heine, director of Speech Pathology Australia.

Chyrisse Heine

Vice President Communications
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This is a photograph of Maree Doble, director of Speech Pathology Australia.

Maree Doble

Vice President Operations
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This is a photograph of Kathyrn McKinley, director of Speech Pathology Australia.Kathryn McKinley

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This is a photograph of Brook Sanderson, Vice President Operations

Brooke Sanderson

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Alison Smith

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Bronwyn Sutton

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