Meet Our People

 

Management Committee

John Steel

President

 

John holds an Associate Diploma in Securities Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Corporate Directors' Association of Australia and a Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.

 

John has been a Director of the Securities Registrars Association of Australia Inc. since 1984, Vice President from 1999 to 2003 and Secretary since 2003.

 

He has been a Director of the National Club since 1995 and a Director of the Australasian Pioneers' Club since 2001 and was appointed Secretary in June 2004 and Vice President in May 2005. Mr Steel is also the President of Better Hearing Australia (Sydney) Inc., having served as a volunteer for some time.

 

Prior to his retirement in September 2002, Mr Steel spent 11 years with State Street Australia Limited as Senior Manager of the organisation's Corporate Trustee and Registry Services division. He was a member representative Trustee of the State Street Superannuation Fund from 1992 to 2002 and Chairman from 1997 to 2001.

 

Before joining State Street Australia Limited in 1991, Mr Steel worked for more than 25 years in a number of Senior Management roles covering all facets of the Stockbroking/Securities industry.

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Patricia Wetton OAM 

Hon Secretary 

 

Patricia (Trish) Wetton OAM joined BHA in 2019 following her retirement as CEO of Foresight Australia in 2018.

Trish is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a MSpEd (SensDis) Renwick Centre, RIDBC, Newcastle University 2006 and GrDipFinAdm UTS 1990.

 

She joined DeafBlind Australia (NSW) in 1996 and was elected to the Board in 2018 and became Public Officer from 1 October 2018 and Secretary in 2020.

Trish was Financial Administrator and CEO of Inala from 1976-1996, working with children and adults with disabilities.

 

She was CEO of Forsight Australia from 1996-2018, working with adults and deafblindness living in community group homes. 

 

During 2014-2017, Trish led Forsight Australia to transition 30 adults with deafblindness from FACS large residences to 6 new FACS Foresight purpose-built homes.

Accountant

Bradley (Brad) Cooper

Hon Treasurer 

 

Gina Carovigno

Committee Member

Office Staff

Bradley (Brad) Cooper

Office Manager

 

Teachers

Vijay L Sodhi

Teacher, Concord Classes

 

Vijay is our very devoted and committed teacher. Originally from India, Vijay came to Australia in 1982 with her husband and two little children. She worked with Centrelink for more than 22 years before retiring in 2008. She has a long history of volunteering, working with The Smith Family as a volunteer English Teacher during her full time employment.

 

After retiring, her quest for helping her community got bigger and bigger. She started BHA as a Trainee Teacher and has since completed her training. Having studied as a teacher in India, she absolutely loves teaching. She is also involved in other volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and Vision Australia.

Sunny Stuart

Teacher, Hurstville Class

 

Sunny suffered gradual loss of hearing from early adulthood and was fitted with hearing aids in the late 1980s. In 2001, she heard of Better Hearing Australia and joined a local hearing loss management class to interact with other people facing similar issues.

 

During 2002 Sunny completed the required training to become a tutor and since 2003 has been leading her class as they support and encourage each other in living in the “real world” with a hearing loss. In 2005 she featured in the Hurstville Council’s annual Community Service Awards in acknowledgement of her contribution to the hearing impaired of that community.

Margaret Dengate

Co-ordinator of Teachers

 

Margaret is one of our few teachers who is not hearing impaired. In her early life she lived in Kogarah Bay, attending Carlton South and Blakehurst High schools. She qualified at Sydney University in Arts and Education, the latter covering languages and Mathematics. Her first teaching appointment was at Leichhardt Girls' Junior High. After spending six months in Europe, she worked in a primary school as an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language).

 

After marrying her husband, Doug, they lived in Concord for three years before settling in Frenchs Forest where they have been ever since. She left teaching once the family started and, in the many years since then, she has been involved in a variety of voluntary work including helping people with their shopping and teaching French to seniors. After joining BHA in 2006, she completed the Teachers’ Training Course and has already conducted several short courses on Hearing Loss Management.

 

Her hobbies include reading, cryptic crosswords and tennis.