Senior Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Fitzpatrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Telethon Speech & Hearing, a position he has held since February 2017.
Mark possesses over 15 years’ experience in a range of general management and human resources roles in a range of not-for-profit, education, and government organisations. Mark also holds a robust history of success in leadership and advocacy for the not-for-profit sector, with his most recent role being CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society in WA since 2012. Prior to this, Mark led a catholic aged and community services organisation, Southern Cross Care, for five years.
Mark has a passion for ensuring all Western Australian children have the opportunity to reach their potential in life. Based on his personal experience Mark is a strong advocate for effective hearing, speech and language services for all.
Janene Hall joined Telethon Speech & Hearing in 2001 and has worked across all three children’s support programs; the Hearing Impaired Program, School Support Program, and Speech & Language Program (Talkabout). Janene boasts over 30 years’ teaching experience, working in both special education and mainstream education sectors. Taking on a variety of educational leadership roles, both in Australia and Internationally, Janene has now moved into the Principal position for Telethon Speech & Hearing’s Schools Programs.
Head of Marketing & External Relations
Belinda Leksas joined Telethon Speech & Hearing in 2013 as Business Development and Venue Hire Manager before leading the fundraising team as Head of Marketing and External Relations in 2016. Belinda has extensive experience in the not-for-profit and hearing sectors, having been a Manager at Australian Hearing for over five years and is well recognised for her ability to plan and initiate the implementation of innovative programs to grow services.
Head of Hearing Services
Philippa Hatch joined Telethon Speech & Hearing in 2007. She has worked across its various Hearing Services programs bringing audiological services to hospitals, schools and rural and remote communities. Philippa has extensive experience at a managerial level in educational, public health and not-for-profit sectors and is currently Telethon Speech & Hearing’s Head of Hearing Services.
Head of Clinical Services
Currently leading our clinical teams in audiology, speech pathology and occupational therapy, Felicity Wilkes has been with Telethon Speech & Hearing since 2010. She is a qualified Speech Pathologist and Certified Listening and Spoken Language specialist. During her time with our organisation she has worked across all programs in varied roles. Felicity has over 12 years of experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and is passionate about family-centred practice, supporting families through their Early Intervention journey, and ensuring all children are able to access the support they need without barriers.
Head of Growth & Projects
Daniel Lombardo joined Telethon Speech & Hearing in 2017 as the Business Development Manager before transitioning to his current role as the Head of Growth and Projects. Daniel has a unique mix of experience from his time in academia (PhD in Medicinal Chemistry), sales (in the pharmaceutical industry) and the not-for-profit sector. His current role encompasses securing funding and developing service delivery models across our cross-section of programs.
Head of Outreach Services
Joining our team in 2021, Azadeh Ebrahimi-Madiseh is passionate about developing evidence-based, client-centric, sustainable, and innovative solutions to improve equality and accessibility of healthcare. Her 20-year long career as an audiologist has spanned a range of clinical workloads at senior levels in private, public and not-for-profit settings in diagnosis and rehabilitation domains, stakeholder engagement in multidisciplinary clinical teams, and translating research into practice. Azadeh has clinically managed some of the very first recipients of hearing implants in Western Australia and the world. Her research is focused on improving service delivery and developing new models of care with entrepreneurial approach. She is now expanding her impact translating her skills to serve the community in the most underserved areas as our Head of Outreach Services.
Beyond Telethon Speech & Hearing, Azadeh holds an adjunct position at the University of Western Australia, where she has lectured, trained, supervised, and mentored undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2011. She is interested in innovative digital technology, diversity and travelling where she meets new people, experiences new cultures and food.