Andrew has dedicated his life to helping Australian children reach their fullest potential through the work and programs of the Foundation and SHINE that he established in 1996.
As a child of the 1970s with severe Language Learning difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language disorder, and Dyslexia, his devoted and dedicated family maintained intervention and intensive therapy. This resulted in Andrew completing his schooling and tertiary qualifications, followed by a dynamic and rewarding career.
His purpose since then has been to provide this support at little or no cost to Australian families and as a result has positively impacted the lives and families of 22,000 children.
Andrew’s leadership and dedication is a consistent inspiration to the team and the wider community.
Dr Carl Parsons – Program Director
Dr Carl is an eminent clinician and academic, and has been the brains trust behind SHINE and the Foundation for the last 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology & Audiology), a Master of Science in Education and PhD in Communication Disorders and Psychology.
His career has spanned many posts as a professor, clinician and consultant to universities, schools and specialist centres in Australia and the United States. Carl is widely published internationally and has contributed his expertise to innumerable curriculums, projects and policy development projects.
As the National Program Coordinator for SHINE and the Andrew Dean Fildes Foundation he has built clinically effective programs informed by decades of senior experience, and the highest level of international research and technology. SHINE’s programs are robust, rigorous and evidence based, and over the last 20 years have immeasurably improved the lives of 22,000 children and their families, largely due to Carl’s expertise and evidence based approach.
Sonia Caeiro - Chief Executive Officer
Sonia joined SHINE in late 2016 in a marketing communications and organisational strategy role and was appointed CEO in July 2017. She has since established new strategies and procedures in pursuit of the charity’s growth and ongoing sustainability, and is at the helm of developing critical partnerships, profile and new funding strategies.
Her background as a journalist, magazine editor and communications specialist for 25 years is in various industries including publishing, media, advertising, aviation, infrastructure, technology, arts and culture. The last decade has focussed specifically on not for profit organisations and she is a vocal advocate for equity in education.
Sonia brings an exceptional skill set and passion to SHINE, and is dedicated to the future vision of the organisation in supporting all Australian children with Language Learning Disabilities.