New Direction for Deaf Services' Leadership Team

Deaf Services has elected Bronwyn Rout as Chair of the Board effective 26 November 2018. Ms Rout has served as a member of the Deaf Services Board since May 2011 and during that time has held positions on the Remuneration Committee and as Chair of the Risk and Finance Committee.

Ms Rout was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1999 and has more than 20 years’ experience in legal, governance, and management roles in government, not-for-profit, and membership organisations. She is currently Assistant Company Secretary at Queensland Rail, has held senior positions with the Queensland Law Society and Australian Government Solicitor and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an affiliated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Deaf Services CEO, Brett Casey, said the organisation was very pleased to have Bronwyn accept the role of Chair. “Over the past seven years Bronwyn has shown tremendous commitment to Deaf Services and has demonstrated alignment with the organisation’s mission, and a passion for the community” Mr Casey said.

“Her experience in senior management as well as her legal training and understanding of governance, risk management, legal compliance and financial oversight make her a valuable asset to the Board.”

Ms Rout will be assisted in her role by the incoming Deputy Chair Cameron Miller, Educator and Deaf community member. Mr Miller joined the Deaf Services Board in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Education and has taught at schools in England and South East Queensland, most recently at Toowong State School.

Ms Rout said that Deaf Services has experienced considerable growth in recent years, and is poised to deliver more for the community as the leading provider of services to Deaf and hard of hearing Australians.

“Over the past seven years, Deaf Services has been at the forefront of service delivery for the Deaf community, establishing itself as a leader in the provision of support under the NDIS with a seamless transition process,” Ms Rout said.

“As an organisation we have continued to develop new service offerings and innovative service delivery methods - focusing on providing for members of the community of all ages.

“One in six Australians are affected by hearing loss and the introduction of the NDIS is providing greater opportunities for community members to have choice and control over the support that they receive.

“With a new strategic plan for Deaf Services due in 2019, I look forward to working with the board and executive management team to establish renewed goals and a more ambitious vision for the organisation, and for the community.”

Ms Rout replaces David Gibson, following nine years on the Board and three as Chair.

“Deaf Services has been fortunate to have received David’s guidance over the past nine years and particularly during his time as Chair,” Ms Rout said.

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