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Ladies on the Telethon Speech Institute board, Andrea Burns, Prue Griffin, Peta Monley, Gloria Sutherland and Sue - Ellen Bull. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian.
Ladies on the Telethon Speech Institute board, Andrea Burns, Prue Griffin, Peta Monley, Gloria Sutherland and Sue - Ellen Bull. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian.

Telethon Speech and Hearing has reached an equality milestone, with half its board now women.

The five female members are successfully juggling careers, parenting and a commitment to the not-for-profit sector.

"We are pleased to be starting the 2014 school year with more females on the TSH board than ever before," chief executive Peta Monley said.

"The gender diversity afforded to the organisation from such a strong female presence in board and senior leadership positions has provided us with the benefit of their specific skill sets and perspective."

Board member Sue-Ellen Bull, who has a child who attended TSH before moving on to mainstream school, said flexibility around meeting times was important.

"It has been a win-win being able to share my skills and being able to access the participation and understanding I have been afforded by the other board members for flexible meeting times to accommodate the dynamic challenges of motherhood and career," she said.

Ms Bull sits alongside veteran journalist Andrea Burns, lawyer Prue Griffin, consultant Gloria Sutherland and Mrs Monley, who has a background in audiology and occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

TSH is one of WA's best-known not-for-profit organisations.

Since 1966, when a group of parents of deaf children banded together to improve their children's lives, the centre has helped thousands of families.

Its patron is Nigel Satterley.