Meet the team at SILA

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...
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...
Raewyn Brook
TESOL Support
A fascination with language, culture and education initially led me to teaching primary aged students at in international school in...
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,...
Joan (and Brian) Finlay
Translation Consultant/Trainer, Library Assistant
Joan and Brian are from New Zealand have one adult daughter. Joan did linguistic analysis and Bible translation in the...
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...
Tanya Johnson
Intern, Childminding Coordinator
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...
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...
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...
David Nicholls
Chair SILA, Lecturer: Training for Transformation Development
Has worked in PNG, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, USA and Australia; enjoys translation studies, leadership, theology and training; currently serving in...
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...
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...
Mavis Price
Lecturer: Literacy
After 20 years in Papua New Guinea preparing materials for vernacular literacy and training teachers to use it, Mavis has...
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...
Bruce Symons
Lecturer: Phonology
With Carol, from New Zealand, father of Andrew and Emma, been at SILA for ever, loves helping people learn about...
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...