PODC is a non-profit organisation with a voluntary management committee. PODC employs a Coordinator and an Administration Assistant, who are responsible for overseeing and implementing the organisation's services and plans. Office bearers are elected at our Annual General Meeting each November.
Our Management Committee
Mark Burfield - President
Mark is the father of four children. The first was born profoundly deaf in 1999, received a cochlear implant in 2001 and a second in 2010. Mark's primary concern is the maintenance and improvement of services for the hearing impaired at all stages. He is employed by Settlement Services International as an "Ability Linker" (community development and capacity building for people with disabilities and their families and carers). His voluntary roles include: Secretary of Universal Peace Federation Australia, State Commissioner for Scouts with Special Needs, Co-Chair of the Children's Festival in Sydney city, and Secretary of the Burwood Public School P&C Association.
Chi Yhun Lo - Vice President
Chi is a PhD candidate at Macquarie University, holding affiliations with the HEARing CRC and ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, and has a passion for all things sound. A former audio engineer that worked for Sydney Festival and iconic Australian band The Hooley Dooleys; this first-hand experience has led him to investigate the benefits of music training for children with hearing loss. A strong proponent for open access, open learning, and collaboration; Chi is a dedicated educator and communicator focused on bringing fun back to the classroom and the general public. Chi is a recipient of a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Students Learning, a contributor to Speed Meet a Scientist, and a 3 Minute Thesis finalist.
Suzanne Robertson - Ordinary Committee Member
Laura Fox - Ordinary Committee Member
Fleur Henderson - Executive Officer
Fleur is the mother of a nine year old daughter and the sister of two siblings with Usher Syndrome. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Officer at PODC, Fleur had been a mentor with the Deaf Society's Parent to Parent Mentoring Program. Professionally, Fleur has worked for the past 20 years in various roles globally for both Government and private companies specialising in Project Management. Fleur is passionate about helping families of deaf and hearing impaired children reach their full potential.