Cora Barclay Centre

Cora Barclay Centre
Teaching deaf kids to speak


The Cora Barclay Centre Board comprises of volunteer directors from the business community as well as from the parent community. Two parents from the Parent and Community Council have seats on the Board to represent the views of the parent community. This is an important relationship which assists in steering the Board direction to ensure the best possible ourcomes for the children who attend the Cora Barclay Centre.

John Bannister


Burke Urban

John has over 25 years of experience in land and property development and is currently Development Manager at Burke Urban. John's project management expertise and extensive business administration knowledge are a great asset to the Cora Barclay Centre.

Jacqui Tucker

Deputy Chair

International Executive Services, KPMG

Jacqui is a Tax Director at KPMG and joined the Cora Barclay Centre Board in 2010. Jacqui's nieces attend the Centre and she believes that it is vital that the Board and the families work closely together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children.

Andrew Leach


Finance Manager, National Wine Centre

Andrew is the Financial Controller at the National Wine Centre and joined the Cora Barclay Centre Board in 2012. Andrew has been a member of CPA Australia for over 15 years and his accountancy and business knowledge is essential for sound fiscal management at the Cora Barclay Centre.

Sarah Carlson

Marketing & Communications

Sarah Carlson is a wine marketing professional and has provided support to the Centre through her assistance at the annual Marble Hill event. She has a son on service at the Cora Barclay Centre.

Gavin Dew

Parent Representative

Gavin is a father of two and he has a son who attends the Cora Barclay Centre. Gavin is currently an Account Business Manager at Hewlett-Packard where he has worked for the past 18 years. Gavin joined the Cora Barclay Centre board in 2014.

Neil Howells

Partner, Hudson Howells

Neil has over 20 years’ experience in the retail banking sector, including Bank SA, Adelaide Bank and the Credit Union SA. Since 1993 he has been a partner in Hudson Howells providing specialised assistance to government and corporate clients. Focus areas include strategic, marketing and business planning,economic and industry development, export market development and customer relationship management

Cathy Main

Centre Manager, Scentre Group

Cathy is Centre Manager for Westfield West Lakes, part of the Scentre Group. Her passion for assisting the Cora Barclay Centre was sparked through Westfield's partnership with the Centre which commenced in early 2014. With two children of her own, she really wanted to give something back to her community. Cathy joined the Board in 2015

John Wicks

Property Developer

Although John's professional background is in land and property development, his real love is his charity support. John is a former Chair of the Cora Barclay Centre Board and is a Life Member and International Presidents Award winner of Variety SA.

Adrian Esplin

Adrian is General Manager of Sarah Constructions. He has over 20 years experience in the construction industry across all sectors including retail, high density residential, leisure and entertainment, education and social infrastructure. Adrian previously worked for 14 years with Brookfield Multiplex, 7 of those years as Regional Director leading the South Australian business.

Jo Goodwin

Parent Representative

Joanna is a mother of three, with a son who receives services from the Cora Barclay Centre

Michael Forwood

Chief Executive Officer, Cora Barclay Centre

Michael has been the CEO of the Cora Barclay Centre since 2006. His Aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Forwood was the driving founder of the Cora Barclay Centre in 1945. Michael continues to drive the vision of the organization which remains unchanged- " No limits for children who are deaf", with the same passion.

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