Our Board 2017-11-03T09:50:56+00:00

Our Governing Board

David Ansell – Chairperson

David is the Co-Director, Policy at Colab (a partnership between Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation). Previously David has been Acting Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts, a senior officer in the department of the Premier and Cabinet, The Department of Education, a School Principal and a teacher. His roles included the Executive Director of the Office for Early Childhood Development and the Director of Participation, where he was responsible for establishing programs for highly at-risk young people when the school leaving age was raised in Western Australia. From 2001 to 2005, David was the General Manager of The Smith Family in Western Australia and prior to this has worked and studied in the United Kingdom. With his partner Amanda he has four children and enjoys swimming, cycling and writing. David joined the Board in 2014.

Karen Murcia – Vice Chairperson

Karen is an education professional with over 25 years experience in the field. She holds a Masters degree and PhD in education and has directed a range of research projects in which she facilitated improvement strategies and evaluations. These projects have involved working collaboratively with schools and teachers to improve learning outcomes and to evaluate the processes used for this purpose. Karen is the chair of the Faculty of Education and Arts Ethics Committee at Edith Cowan University and a director of one of the University’s research centres. She was previously the coordinator of the Women in Leadership program at Murdoch University and has presented and published numerous papers on education innovations both nationally and internationally. Karen joined the Board in 2012.

Partha Nag – Board Member

Partha, CPA, Master of Accounting (Curtin University) and B. Bus (University of Notre Dame) is the Executive Director and co-founder of Strategic Business Alliance (SBA), a firm offering innovative consulting and outsourcing solutions to a wide range of clients.  His previous roles include Group CFO for a listed recruitment entity, Divisional Commercial Manager for a listed recruitment company and CFO of one of Australia’s fastest growing ports.  Partha has extensive experience in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Corporate Strategy, Governance and Risk Management.  He has forged lasting relationships with stakeholders in his senior executive roles, and, in the process, enhanced organisational value.  Partha joined the Board in 2011.

Elaine Pavlos – Board Member

Elaine is the Dean of School of Nursing & Midwifery at Notre Dame University Fremantle and has a wealth of experience in Executive and People Management within the health care sector.  She has a Master Degree in Nursing and a MBA from the University of Western Australia, and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an active member of The Executive Connection (TEC). She has three adult children, is a budding Masterchef and keen golfer.  Elaine joined the Board in 2011.

Jason Hughes – Board Member

Jason is a partner of international accounting firm KPMG and an Executive Director of KPMG Corporate Finance (Aust) Pty Ltd. Jason has over 17 years advisory experience providing specialist corporate finance advice, focusing on valuation assignments, completing both private valuations and public expert reports to corporations operating in a wide range of industries. Jason previously had over 8 years experience in providing corporate recovery and assurance and advisory services in both Perth and Melbourne. Jason has two school age children.

Liz Humphry – Board Member

Liz is a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz and practices in commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on energy and resources law, securities, and regulation.  She has acted for a wide range of leading Australian and international organisations with regard to mergers and acquisitions, business structuring, projects and operational matters, foreign investment and Australian regulatory compliance issues.  Liz has also conducted comprehensive corporate governance, compliance and due diligence programs.
Liz is currently an active member of The Law Society of Western Australia, Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association and the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Helen Creed – Board Member

Helen is the Executive Director for the Community Legal Centres Association (WA), and has previously worked in numerous roles including the Executive Director of Children and Family Services in the Department for Communities, and Policy Manager, Vulnerable People at the WA Council of Social Service (WACOSS). Helen has also held many Board positions including  WA Tourism Commission, Perth Zoo, Royal Perth Hospital and State Theatre Company of WA and chaired a range of committees including the Community Services, Health and Education Industry Training Council and the State Advisory Committee on Family Friendly Initiatives (for WA Minister for Health).

Child Australia 2016 – 2017 Annual Report

An organisation geared for success and growth needs a foundation of values, expertise and purpose that encompasses both its history and the people who make it what it is: the employees, supporters, funders and most importantly – the stakeholders…the children.

We’re pleased to present you with our 2016/17 Annual Report highlighting our key achievements and future direction.

2017 Annual Report

Child Australia 2015 – 2016 Annual Report

The 2015-16 financial year was characterised by the continued growth of Children’s Integrated Management Services (CIMS), a subsidiary of Child Australia that sees operation of our childcare services. We successfully tendered for Larapinta Early Learning Centre located in Alice Springs on the Larapinta Primary School site which further expands our footprint in the NT. We also launched ‘Wraparound’, a new social enterprise business venture that supports the early to middle childhood learning and development sector.

Child Australia continues to support the formation of Collective Impact initiatives in Western Australia and Northern Territory. Collective Impact is an innovative service delivery approach that is a framework for organisations working collaboratively with the intention of solving complex social problems. Child Australia was instrumental in introducing Collective Impact in 2012 and 2013 respectively and is now involved in several initiatives.

2016 Annual Report

Child Australia Strategic Plan 2013-2015

We have grown from an organisation focussed on the inclusion of children with additional needs in early childhood settings, to becoming a leading early years development and support organisation.

This Plan articulates our vision for the future, our mission and the outcomes we seek to achieve. It provides a roadmap to guide our development as an organisation. We are committed to advocacy and leadership, the delivery of exemplar programs and services, and early childhood sector capacity building. We now enter a period of consolidation to build the foundation for sustainable future growth.

Our focus will shift to internal capacity and capability so we become a more efficient and effective organisation, and we can attract, develop and retain the people who will deliver our vision.

2013-2015 Strategic Plan