Organising Committee

Bronwyn Green

Bronwyn Green has been a teacher of the deaf for 30 years and is the Manager of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services for the Queensland Department of Education. Bronwyn leads a state-wide team of Project Officers and Regional Auslan Coaches to support the educational needs of Deaf and hard of hearing students across the state.

Bronwyn is the current president of the Qld Branch of the Australian Association of Teachers of the Deaf, a member of the National Executive of this organisation and the Co-Chair for the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) being held in Brisbane in July, 2021.

Greg Leigh
Claire Loades

Claire Loades
Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Special Education, Masters of Arts Applied Linguistic

A life member of Australian Association Teachers of the Deaf South Australian Branch, having held many different positions on the committee of many years. Claire is currently one of the SA reps on the National Committee for AATD holding the position of Minutes Secretary. She is also the immediate past president of the national committee.  Claire is a recipient of the Des Power Teacher of the Deaf Award for Exemplary Service to the Education of Deaf Children from NAATD

Claire has worked as an Itinerant Teacher and Leader in the field of Deaf Education in South Australia in both metropolitan and country locations. She has an interest in bilingual education for Deaf students and the impact of otitis media and conductive hearing loss on Aboriginal students.

Claire currently works the principal of a mainstream school that has a Intensive England Language Program for students newly arrived in Australia for whom English is a second language.


Joy MacDougall
Trudy Smith

Trudy Smith
Diploma of Jazz: Saxophone (Qld Conservatorium of Music), Bachelor of Special Education: Hearing (Griffith University), Master of Education: Language and Literacy (Deakin University), PhD Candidate (Deakin University), Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist

Trudy is the Manager of Continuing Professional Education at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre.

She has been a Teacher of the Deaf for over 20 years and has worked in education settings in Queensland and New South Wales as a classroom teacher, itinerant support teacher and as the Statewide Education Advisor.

She worked as an AV Therapist at the Hear and Say Centre in Brisbane and as a Rehabilitation Manager for MED-EL, providing coaching and guiding for therapists, teachers and parents supporting students with hearing loss in over 20 countries around the world.

Trudy is the current state and national president of the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf (NAATD).

Jenny Wilson