Executive Team

Our experienced and talented Executive team steer the operations, ensuring that our mission and values are reflected across every activity across the organisation.

Meet the executives behind Language Disorder Australia.

Mark Yeowell
BSc., MA
Chief Executive Officer

Mark was appointed CEO of Language Disorder Australia in 2020, bringing with him over 25 years’ experience of educational leadership within the UK, United Arab Emirates and Australia. He believes strongly that all children and young people have the right to access quality education and support to enable them to achieve all they are capable of. Mark is passionate about building capacity within organisations and developing leadership in others to deliver outstanding education and wider services. He has strong business acumen and extensive experience in leading organisational growth and change. Mark is married with two teenage sons and is also a doctoral candidate at UNSW researching tweens early experiences in smartphone ownership.

Simone Schofield
LLB, BAppSc (Hons), PMP
Chief Operations Officer

Simone joins Language Disorder Australia with over 25 years’ experience in professional services, management consulting, and the community services sector. She is qualified in Science, Law and project management. She brings a range of expertise across strategy, governance, business transformation, and program management. She has extensive experience in delivering strategically aligned initiatives that build positive work cultures, support continuous improvement, and promote service delivery excellence.  Simone has worked in a diversity of roles in the public, private and professional services sector and has experience managing geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary teams and departments across all business and service delivery functions. Simone believes in human-centred leadership and putting people first – celebrating diversity, working collaboratively and bringing fun and creativity to work. Simone has worked locally and internationally and brings a broad and global perspective. Simone is a regular volunteer and mentor. She practices mindfulness & meditation and loves to travel and explore new places.

Peter Foster
MEdStudies, GCertEd, BEd
Principal, Mancel College

Peter joined Language Disorder Australia in October 2022 as Principal of Mancel College. He has over thirty years of experience as a passionate educator and has during this time enjoyed teaching and leading schools with students from Prep to Year 12.  Most recently, Peter was Headmaster of John Paul College (2022-2017) and Principal of Hymba Yumba Independent School in Queensland (2020-2022), a majority First Nation’s school awarded a Top Innovative Schools Award (2020 & 2021) and top Secondary School (non-government) in Australia (2022). Peter believes that his main responsibility is to place his students in the best possible position to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Lisa Quinn
Head of Knowledge Integration and Service Innovation

Lisa has worked extensively in supporting children and young people to reach their full potential by supporting their speech, language and literacy abilities, and brings this expertise to lead the allied health team at Language Disorder Australia. She has worked as a Manager of Allied Health Teams, Speech Pathologist and Clinical Educator across a range of settings, including health, education, and university sectors. She is passionate about advocating for students with Language Disorder. Lisa loves spending time with her three daughters, travelling and her morning coffee.

Kerry Rule
B.Ethics (HR), Dip HRM, Cert. Investigations
Head of People and Culture

Kerry joined Language Disorder Australia as Head of People, Culture and Corporate Operations in 2020 and possesses expertise from a multi-faceted HR career across a diverse range of industries. She is particularly passionate about the delivery of leadership in contemporary HR; communication with influence; shaping cultures aligned with business priorities and driving HR to be agile while unleashing the potential in others. Kerry seeks to create innovative and commercially strong initiatives to underpin business growth. Her personal philosophy is to provide service and expertise with authenticity, respect and courtesy.

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A full educational experience for children and young people with Language Disorder – from Prep to Year 12.

Enhancing outcomes for students with Language Disorder through consultation, capacity building through intensive support and professional learning for school staff.

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Support Developmental Language Disorder Day

on #DLDday, Friday October 14th, 2022

14 October is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day.
The 2022 DLDday theme is Growing with DLD, highlighting that DLD is a lifelong, permanent disability.