AHH Members Committee

Professor Sakkie Pretorius (Chair)

Macquarie University

Pretorius is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at Macquarie University. He has a background in synthetic biology. Sakkie began his career in South Africa. At Stellenbosch University, he became the founding Director of South Africa’s Institute for Wine Biotechnology. In the US and Europe, he conducted research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Professor Patrick McNeil

Macquarie University

McNeil is Macquarie University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Medicine and Health, a role that provides leadership of both the clinical and academic components of MQ Health – the Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre, which represents Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences enterprise under a university’s leadership. Patrick joined Macquarie in November 2014 as its inaugural Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, now the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences.

Dr Zachary Smith


Zachary is Director of Algorithms and Applications at Cochlear Limited, where he leads global research programs in sound processing and surgical tools and facilitates external research collaborations in Australia. He has worked in the cochlear implant research field for over 20 years and has a passion for improving access, effectiveness, and usability of hearing implants. Dr. Smith relocated to Australia from the United States in 2018 and before his industry career was trained and conducted research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ravin Nand

Cochlear ANZ

Ravin Nand is the Associate General Manager of Australia & New Zealand at Cochlear.

Professor Catherine McMahon

Macquarie University Hearing

McMahon is Head of Department for Linguistics at Macquarie University and Director of HEAR (Hearing, Education, Application, Research) Centre. She is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Hearing Loss. She contributed to the World Report on Hearing (published by WHO), and was on the committee that developed the Roadmap of Hearing Health, endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). She is the lead investigator for two projects seeking to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal children with hearing loss.

Kim Terrell

Hearing Australia

Mr. Terrell was appointed Acting Managing Director of Hearing Australia on 1 March 2018 and appointed Managing Director on 1 September 2018. His extensive career includes working with and advising various Ministers, Prime Ministers and their offices, to initiate significant improvements across various government programs. He played a key role in establishing three agencies: the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA) and the CrimTrac Agency, and is highly experienced in
building innovative, high performing teams. He was instrumental in creating myGov and driving digital transformation across the Department of Human Services and the government.

Dr Brent Edwards

National Acoustic Laboratories

Brent Edwards, Ph.D., is the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), where he is currently leading new innovation initiatives that focus on transforming hearing healthcare. For over 22 years he headed research at major hearing aid companies and at Silicon Valley startups that have developed innovative technologies and clinical tools used worldwide. Dr. Edwards founded and ran the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, California that was a leading site for research in hearing impairment and cognition.

Professor Greg Leigh AO


Director of NextSense Institute and conjointly Professor of Education and at Macquarie University. Greg has served on numerous Australian Government consultative committees and is Chair of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee. He is a former National President of the Education Commission for the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf and Chair of the International Congress on Education of the Deaf. He is active in research and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in the field.

Dr Jim Hungerford

The Shepherd Centre

Jim joined The Shepherd Centre as Chief Executive Officer, a charity that helps deaf or hearing impaired children to listen and speak, in 2011.

Jim began his career as a vet in private practice, then joined Biotech Australia, helping to pioneer vaccines for pets and cattle before moving into business development and marketing before making the life-changing decision to join Pareto Fundraising as CEO, and move into the not-for-profit sector in Australia.

Professor David McAlpine

Macquarie University Hearing

McAlpine is Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain, Academic Director at Macquarie University Hearing, and an ARC Laureate Fellow. He is an acknowledged global leader in the field of auditory neuroscience and was recently awarded a prestigious Einstein Foundation Fellowship for a project to explore how auditory memories are formed in the listening brain. Previously, as Director of the UCL Ear Institute, he oversaw the Institute’s development into a world-class centre for discovery science and translational research.

Louise Dodd

Australian Hearing Hub

Louise provides the executive support for the Australian Hearing Hub Research and Collaborative Committee.