Meet the team at SILA

Derryn Jones
IT Team Leader/Systems Engineer
Heads the IT team, has a slight addiction to technology, enjoys helping people with technology issues and also enjoys creating...
John and Ros Waterman
Library Assistants
We are retired Primary School teachers and now enjoy and find fulfilment in getting to know and encourage staff and...
Deb Conwell
Lecturer: Translation and Scripture Engagement Courses
Hi. I’m passionate about Bible translation and Scripture engagement and love sharing about them. I've studied in theology and linguistics,...
Christine Brodie
Mayoyao Project Coordinator
Having come from a teaching background in Australia, I’m enjoying the opportunity to support education in cross-cultural contexts, be it...
Kelvin (and Roslyn) Nicolle
Lecturer: Sociolinguistics, Phonetics
Kelvin and Roslyn lived in Russia for 17 years, involved in minority language work, and in translation teams administration. They...
David Nicholls
Chair SILA, Lecturer: Training for Transformational Development
Has worked in PNG, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, USA and Australia; enjoys translation studies, leadership, theology and training; currently serving in...
Lyn Starbuck
Finance Officer
‘The buck does not stop here. It starts here and goes elsewhere!’ (I Haywood 2018, pers.comm.,16 October). I joined Wycliffe...
Mavis Price
Lecturer: Literacy
After 20 years in Papua New Guinea preparing materials for vernacular literacy and training teachers to use it, Mavis has...
Irene (and Graham) Haywood
Librarian
Passionate about Bible translation, Languages, Literacy and Training we earned grey hair with 3 decades in PNG. Having been recycled...
Raewyn Brook
TESOL Support
A fascination with language, culture and education initially led me to teaching primary aged students at an international school in...
Joan (and Brian) Finlay
Translation Consultant/Trainer, Library Assistant
Joan and Brian are from New Zealand and have one adult daughter. Joan did linguistic analysis and Bible translation in...
Graham (and Ellie) Scott
Principal SILA, Lecturer: Language Learning
Caffeine-based life-form; married to Ellie; delights in language and linguistics; has a colourful employment record, including work in an engineering...
Roslyn Manson
SILA Care and Wellbeing, SILA Board member
Who we are becoming (our spiritual formation), and how we steward this precious life God has given us, is the...
Ken Manson
Lecturer: Grammar, Lexicography and Language Data Management
Loves linguistics, and a good grammar! Previously based in Thailand, Ken was involved in Bible translation & language development, and...
Wendy Nicholls
Academic Administrator and Corporate Secretary
Originally from New Zealand; loves language and linguistics and being able to apply those in Bible translation; had various roles...
Bruce Symons
Lecturer: Phonology
With Carol, from New Zealand, father of Andrew and Emma, been at SILA for ever, loves helping people learn about...
Tanya Johnson
Intern, Childminding Coordinator
Fun-loving, energetic and the shortest of the team, Tanya is an intern in our office fulfilling a number of different...
Sharna Steinert
Communications Officer, Lecturer: Language Learning
With a life long interest in languages and stories, Sharna enjoys connecting people to the work of Bible translation, language...
Philip Swan
Lecturer: Phonetics, Phonology
As a kid, Philip practised funny voices in front of the mirror. He worked for ten years as a professional...
Guinevere Swan
Translation consultant
After ten years in Papua, Indonesia, Guinevere calls Melbourne home for now. She works as a translation advisor with the...