Board/Staff2018-07-21T13:58:52+00:00

Board of Directors

Kathryn Armfield
Kathryn ArmfieldPresident
Kathryn joins the DSA Board with a legal background and has a Master of Laws at The University of Queensland. Kathryn is a sole legal practitioner with Armfield O’Brien Law, she is passionate about highlighting the deaf community’s need for better legal representation. She represents deaf people and has helped initiate the use of sign language in court. Kathryn is the first deaf lawyer in Queensland. Kathryn plays an important role at DSA providing her legal expertise and is part of the DSA Governance portfolio.
Ricky Bryan
Ricky BryanVice President
Passionate about the arts, sports and marketing, Ricky has also being a strong advocate for access, working outside of his core job role to promote access to the arts for people of all abilities. Ricky presented at the NARPACA 2013 Ticketing Professionals conference with regards to best practice access as it relates to performing arts venues.

Personally Ricky is hard of hearing, who also has a hard of hearing daughter, he is passionate about health and fitness, competing in fun runs, triathlons and open water swims when his schedule allows. His daughter actively participates in swimming and netball.

You can read his thoughts on all things arts marketing related on his blog Martsketing. He is currently employed as the Marketing Services Manager at the University of Canberra, Australia’s leading sports studies university.

Alex Jones
Alex JonesExecutive Director
Alex was born deaf to deaf parents, and hasn’t let that stand in the way of anything. He went on to study theatre professionally at New York University and then was recruited by the Australian Theatre of the Deaf in 1997. As an actor, he has appeared on a number of stage productions, films and television and has provided consulting services to the film/TV industry here in Australia and abroad.

In 2003 Alex co-founded with Tony Abrahams an innovative and social-enterprise company, Ai-Media, to deliver captioning services for broadcasters. They have also developed a ground-breaking technology called Ai-Live that brings captioning into new environments that was unheard of a few years ago to classrooms, workplaces, conferences and events.

As a devoted athlete, Alex has a great interest in being fit and staying healthy and is inspired to see young deaf people to play sports. He was on one of the Beach Volleyball teams during the Gold Coast Australian Deaf Games, and has fondest memories of playing this sport. In 2005, Alex directed the Cultural Festival as part of the M2005 Deaflympic Games.

Alex is currently on the board of People with Disability Australia. He has also served as an ambassador for the NSW ‘Don’t DIS my ABILITY’ campaign for the International Day of People with Disability in NSW for 6 years and is one of the NSW Australia Day ambassadors for the last four years.

He is a very proud father to two beautiful boys, one of whom is deaf. It has always been Alex’s passion to see that deaf people are given unlimited opportunities to live their life to their fullest potential without any barriers.

Darren Howell
Darren HowellTreasurer
Darren brings to the DSA Board a parents’ perspective of deaf sports. His daughter, Jamie, has been regularly competing in School Sport and Little Athletics events since 2008, and Queensland Athletics and Athletics Australia competitions since 2010.

Darren has Bachelor of Business in Accounting and in his professional life is the Assistant Business Manager with an independent school in Brisbane.

Tracey Corbin-Matchett
Tracey Corbin-MatchettDirector
Tracey worked with both state and federal government agencies in policy, stakeholder relations, project management and communications roles for over 20 years. Her work has been across diverse sectors, including social housing, women’s domestic violence services, small business education and most recently the film and television industry. She recently launched her own business, Tailored Communications Management (TCM).

Tracey’s strength includes government relations, policy and project management, strategic planning, marketing and communications and improving service delivery through better, more inclusive and consultative engagement with stakeholders. With key focus on diversity and inclusion, Tracey has championed projects which provide meaningful inclusion of underrepresented group, especially people with disability. A stand out project she delivered at Screen NSW was Screenability NSW which supported paid internships for creatives with a disability in various production companies including Animal Logic (Peter Rabbit, Lego Batman, Babe), Screentime (Secret Daughter), ABC Entertainment (You Can’t Ask That) and Channel Nine’s NRL Footy Show. Tracey was also recently appointed as an Advisory Board Member of Bus Stop Films, a not for profit film production and training service for people with a disability.

Tracey was awarded the Elle Magazine Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Award for her community development work at Housing NSW. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts (Community Welfare) and a Diploma of Business.

Growing up in public housing cemented in Tracey a passion and commitment to social justice. A busy mum of 3 active kids, her eldest daughter being diagnosed hearing impaired at 2 years old, has inspired Tracey to look for opportunities and promote equity for deaf and hard of hearing people in all aspects of their lives. Both Tracey and her daughter are learning Auslan. She loves all sports and is HUGE fan of the Cronulla Sharks.

Katie Kelly OAM
Katie Kelly OAMDirector
Katie Kelly OAM (BA, MBus) is an Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist and had the honour of winning Australia’s first medal at the Rio Paralympics where Paratriathlon made its debut. She is also the Founder and Director of Sport Access Foundation, providing grants for Australian children living with a disability. Katie has worked in consumer sports marketing for over 15 years with organisations as Australian Paralympic Committee, NRL, ANZ Stadium and Tabcorp.

Katie is passionate about promoting inclusiveness for Australians living with a disability. She has worked with a number of community organisations including Blind Cricket Australia, Australian Deaflympic Team, as well as initiating professional fun runs in regional NSW and with parkrun Australia. Katie is also on the Board of Deaf Sports Australia and is an Ambassador for the Royal Deaf Blind Institute for Children and Usher Kids Australia. Katie won Australia’s first Gold Medal in Paratriathlon at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. She is also the current World Champion for the Vision Impaired class of Paratriathlon, winning Rotterdam 2017, and the World Championship in Chicago, 2015.

Hannah Britton
Hannah BrittonDirector
Hannah Britton is an avid athlete who competes in swimming events and has been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming 2017 Deaflympic Games. Hannah currently works at Vicdeaf as a Production Assistant in the Media department. Hannah is also a member of the 2018 Australian Deaf Games Organising Committee.

As part of building on her skills in sports, Hannah is also currently studying Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science and Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Deakin University with the aim of working within the Sports Industry at the completion of the course.

Hannah is very keen to see an increase in sports participation by deaf and hard of hearing people across Australia.

Greg Troesdon
Greg TroesdonDirector
Bio to come soon

Staff

Garry West-Bail
Garry West-BailGeneral Manager
Garry has an extensive background in sports and financial management having been in a leadership role in elite and community sports for more than twenty years, including Business Manager of an AFL Club and more recently General Manager of Hockey Queensland.

Garry has experience and success in strategic planning, operational and event management, staff development, financial and risk management and sports leadership development.

He has also been involved in community development projects (ie. local and indigenous communities in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea) demonstrating a passion for the development of individuals and their communities to achieve their goals.

Garry graduated in Degrees in Transport Economics and Accounting, Master Studies in Sports Law and has a basic understanding of the Indonesian and Vietnamese languages.

Garry is married to Annette and has five children.

Sherrie Beaver
Sherrie BeaverMedia & Community Liaision
Born profoundly Deaf into a hearing family, Sherrie has had opportunities to play sports whilst growing up in Queensland and New South Wales.

Sherrie is passionate about empowering Deaf and hard of hearing people from birth to death in all aspects of their lives. Most recently, she worked on a national emergency management project, lead by Vicdeaf. She has also worked in both deaf and hearing organisations, within retail, politics, teaching and community development.

In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Cultural and Social Analysis) at the University of Western Sydney. She has recently completed a Master of International and Community Development at Deakin University. She aspires to become a researcher within community development and the deaf/hard of hearing sector. Sherrie is currently studying towards Graduate Certificate in Disability & Inclusion at Deakin University.

In her spare time, Sherrie can be found blogging at I Sign. I Wander., and looking for the perfect dog to spend her life with.

James Hale
James HaleSports Development Officer - Victoria
Bio + photo to come soon
Julie Lyons
Julie LyonsSports Development Officer - Queensland
Bio + photo to come soon