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.

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View Past Councils and Boards and Presidents

Independent (External) Director (voluntary/expenses paid)

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) is seeking an individual of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, to be appointed as a volunteer External Director. The successful applicant will join our existing Board of Directors. Read more…


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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BA(Hons), BSpPath, GAICD

Tim Kittel is based in South Australia and works with paediatric and adolescent clients. He has previously worked across Health, Disability, and Education government settings, and is currently employed within a private practice.

In addition to serving as President of Speech Pathology Australia, Tim currently sits on the Board of International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders, where he represents medium sized organisations’ interests in promoting the rights of people with communication disability across the world. In addition to chairing meetings of the Board of Directors, Tim regularly links with the Branch Chairs, and as a result sees the results of initiatives across Australia in raising public awareness and advocacy for people with swallowing and/or communication disorders. Tim is driven to realise the positive futures described within SP2030.

In order to help progress the Association’s strategies, Tim graduated from the Australian Institute of Directors’ Company Directors Course in 2020.

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

Vice President Communications
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B.A. (Sp+H Therapy), M.A. (Audiol), PhD (Public Health)

Associate Professor Chyrisse Heine is a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. Her expertise transcends the teaching, research and community service areas. She is an academic at La Trobe University and previously worked at UTS, SCU, CSU and Monash University.

Chyrisse is a Director of a private practice and the Founder / Director of the not-for-profit, the Speech and Hearing Project. Chyrisse has received the ASA Certificate of Outstanding Service and is a Fellow of SPA. Chyrisse’s roles in SPA include: Vice President (Governance), a member of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee, the SPA Board representative on the Ethics Board, co-ordinator of a Community of Practice, past member of the SP2030 working party and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee.

Chyrisse is passionate about workforce, resource and policy development, student education, ethics, advocacy and global issues and aspires for the profession to be innovative and grow to meet the needs of members and the diverse communities in which we work in Australia and globally.

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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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B. App. Sc (Speech Path), PhD

Maree Doble has a B. App. Sc (Speech Path), and a PhD investigating the early communication development of infants with cochlear implants. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. Maree has spent much of her career working with children with hearing loss. She has also managed decentralised, interdisciplinary, early intervention teams in the not-for-profit sector and was responsible for operational oversight of inclusion preschools.

Maree has been a member of two NSW Health Committees; the NSW Health Ministerial Standing Committee for Hearing, and the NSW Health Paediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. She has delivered a conference keynote address and been an invited speaker at events such as the Parliamentary Forum on Childhood Deafness.

Maree has been a Director since 2018. She enjoys seeing the range of experienced speech pathologists around Australia contributing their knowledge to the Association’s committees and looks forward to more members seeking such opportunities.

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

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BAppSc(SpPath), MHA

Kathryn McKinley graduated from La Trobe University in 1999. She also holds a Master of Health Administration. Kathryn has worked in public health for over 20 years and is currently the Speech Pathology Manager at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She is also a Clinical Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Kathryn has been a director of Speech Pathology Australia since 2019 and is currently a member of the Finance and Audit Subcommittee. She has previously been a member of the Board Governance Subcommittee. Kathryn has a passion for communication, advocacy and good governance. She is keen to ensure that our strategy continues to prioritise services to members, builds the profile of our profession and advocates for the needs of Australians with communication and swallowing difficulties.

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Brooke Sanderson

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This is a photograph of Alison Smith, director of Speech Pathology Australia.Alison Smith

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BSpTher, GdipT(Infants/Primary), FSPA, CPSP

Alison trained as a Speech Pathologist at the University of Queensland and has had a career working in the education sector in remote, regional and metropolitan contexts including roles in administration, service management and project leadership. She also completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of New England to broaden her understanding of the teaching and learning process.

Alison has been a long-standing, active member of Speech Pathology Australia including as a Regional Representative, National Council Member and Branch Chair along with representing SPA on the Speech Pathologists Registration Board in Queensland and convening two national conferences. Alison is currently a member of the Governance Subcommittee.

While committed to the right to communicate for all, Alison has a particular interest in the impact of communication difficulties on educational achievement. She is interested in professional standards and the professionalism of speech pathologists particularly as we grow in number and diverse practice contexts within Australia.

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This is a photograph of Bronwyn Sutton, director of Speech Pathology Australia.Bronwyn Sutton

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B.App.Sc, MSpEd, Grad. Dip (Ed.), PhD

Bronwyn Sutton has over 30 years’ experience as a Speech Language Pathologist. Bronwyn has a PhD in autism, a Master of Special Education, and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Bronwyn is the director of B.E.ST Autism Therapy, a private practice in Brisbane focused on supporting children on the autism spectrum. She is an educator and conducts workshops for professionals and teachers and lectures to Speech Pathology students at Griffith University.

Bronwyn became a director of Speech Pathology Australia is 2020 and is on the Governance Subcommittee. She is a Private Practice Representative on the Queensland Branch Executive.

In 2019, Bronwyn received the Speech Pathology Australia Innovation Award (Professional Practice Category) for her app evaluation website “The Learning App Guide to Autism and Education”.

Bronwyn seeks to support innovation in the Speech Pathology profession as it grows and responds to the needs of people with communication and swallowing disorders.