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The AAA Executive Board

The Australian Aphasia Association is run by an executive board of volunteers from around Australia.

Our board members include:

  • speech pathologists,
  • people with aphasia,
  • family members, and
  • other volunteers.
Claire Bennington

Claire Bennington


Claire is a speech pathologist.
She has practised in the UK and Australia for more than 30 years.

Claire is passionate about helping people living with aphasia.

This is why she joined the AAA Board in 2018.
She is the Deputy Chair and was the Secretary before that.
She was also a member of the AAA Conference 2021 Committee.

Claire is a PhD student at The University of Queensland.
Her topic is aphasia awareness.

Kathryn Pettigrove

Kathryn Pettigrove

Deputy Chair

Kathryn has been a speech pathologist for 10 years.

She is passionate about community, connection and wellbeing for people living with aphasia.

She is studying her PhD at the Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation.

Her research is about community aphasia groups.

Kathryn is also the New South Wales representative, and co-led the first Sydney Aphasia Camp in 2023.

Dr Brooke Ryan

Dr Brooke Ryan


Dr Brooke Ryan is a Speech Pathologist who works at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Brooke is the treasurer for the AAA.

Brooke helps to run our AAA zoom groups.

Brooke  is helping to organise the AAA conference in Perth in November 2023.

Kim Beesley

Kim Beesley


Kim is the secretary of the AAA.

She is an advocate for people with aphasia after stroke.

She is also a member of the Consumer Council for the Stroke Foundation.

Kim’s daughter Emma has aphasia.

Damir Muftic

Damir Muftic

Board Member

Damir is a teacher, and advocate for people with aphasia.

He has aphasia following a brain injury.

He runs an aphasia coffee group in Townsville.


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