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Corporate Governance

The C&K Board has adopted a best practice approach for corporate governance.

C&K's Corporate Governance Framework complies with the ASX Principles of Good Corporate Governance, where relevant. In accordance with the principles, the C&K Board has two committees to assist it in overseeing the work of C&K, namely the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and the Nominations Committee. Each committee comprises Board members.

The C&K Constitution is available to download (PDF).

Jane Bourne - Chief Executive Officer

Jane Bourne is a highly-regarded expert in Early Childhood Education and Care, with more than four decades of experience to her name. Jane has held a variety of senior management and executive positions in both profit and not-for-profit organisations, including eight years as CEO of Lady Gowrie Queensland, before commencing as CEO of C&K in October 2018. Jane is also the President of the Early Childhood Australia Queensland Branch.

Jane’s management and leadership experience is an extension of her background as an early childhood teacher. She is a fierce advocate for children, and is dedicated to creating systems and opportunities that promote best outcomes for children, families, and the Early Childhood Education and Care profession.





Board of The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

Therese Mulherin - Chair (non-executive)
Board member since 30 May 2013

Qualifications BOccThy, GAICD

Experience A former Occupational Therapist, Therese Mulherin has carved a career as a leader, manager and Board director with over 20 years’ experience in the employment services and workplace rehabilitation industries. During her 15 years at Ingeus, Ms Mulherin was instrumental in achieving rapid organic growth  and financial success in both Australia and Europe. In more recent times she has been involved in acquisitions and their successful integration into a consolidated business. She has experience in large service organisations, working on government contracts, strategy development, stakeholder management and change management. Ms Mulherin is performance, growth and efficiency orientated. 


Wesley Aird - Director (non-executive)
Board member since 12 October 2015

Qualifications MAICD, Grad Duntroon, Grad Aust Army, ADip, Personnel Admin

Experience A strong advocate for meaningful Indigenous participation in the real economy, Wesley Aird has been an adviser to the Australian Government as part of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform. He has also worked with the Australian Employment Covenant, GenerationOne and the National Indigenous Council. Apart from policy advice, Mr Aird’s primary work is with resource companies as an advisor in the management of native title and cultural heritage and in developing initiatives for Indigenous employment, training and business. He has a strong commitment to his own community through both native title and cultural heritage on the Gold Coast. He has also served in the military for a decade and was the first Indigenous graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Committee Responsibilities Audit, Risk & Finance


Emma Fynes-Clinton - Director (non-executive)
Board member since 7 December 2016

Qualifications MBus, BEcon Hon, GAICD, Grad Dip Applied Finance and Investment

Experience A highly-experienced finance and risk professional, Emma Fynes-Clinton has wide-ranging experience in business and corporate banking, capital markets, fund management, mergers and acquisitions and commercial property. After 15 years working in some of Australia’s most recognised financial institutions, she established Venerdi Finance, an independent advisory firm specialising in corporate property finance. She has built a reputation for tailoring flexible finance structures for large and complex property transactions for a variety of areas, including the not-for-profit sector. Ms Fynes-Clinton has a solid knowledge and understanding of risk management, credit policy, complex financial structures, business evaluation and change management. 

Committee Responsibilities Audit, Risk & Finance


Megan Gibson - Director (non-executive)
Board member since 19 May 2016

Qualifications PhD, MEd, BEd (EC), DipT (EC)

Experience A Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology, Dr Megan Gibson is also a respected researcher in her field. Her background as an early childhood educator with experience in teaching and leadership positions, culminated in her role as Director of an industry-leading childcare centre in Brisbane. Her award-winning doctoral research examined the professional identities of early childhood educators. This work combined with her extensive professional experience have laid the foundations for her ongoing interest in the early childhood workforce, leadership, professionalism and sustainability. In her current role at QUT, Dr Gibson is responsible for teacher education units on leadership, professionalism and health and wellbeing.


Genevieve Atkinson - Director (non-executive)
Board member since 13 March 2018

Qualifications BBus, AssocDipBusMktg

Experience Ms Atkinson is an experienced marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement manager, currently managing the Mater Foundation’s Community Relations Program. With experience in the Federal, Queensland and Victorian Governments, Brisbane Marketing, South Bank Corporation and charities, Youngcare and Edmund Rice Foundation, she has also been a consultant and held advisory board roles with the Young People in Nursing Home Alliance and Good Samaritan Foundation. Ms Atkinson, a mother of three daughters, has a strong interest in early childhood education and the role it plays in allowing women to remain in the workplace


Brit Ibanez - Deputy Chair (non-executive)
Board member since 13 March 2018

Qualifications B IntBus, LLB, LLM

Experience Ms Ibanez is a partner at McMahon Clarke where she is a senior member of the firm’s Funds Management and Commercial Disputes teams. She has held various positions at C&K services including as the Coordinator of a Parental Advisory Committee at a branch service and as president of an affiliated service. A lawyer with 18 years’ experience, Brit’s expertise spans corporate governance, risk management and compliance, commercial disputes, and directors’ duties. Brit is a mother of three young children, and has a longstanding interest in developing best practice for early childhood education and care.


Charles StricklandCharles Strickland - Director (non-executive)
Board member since 21 June 2019

Qualifications CA, B. Int Bus, B. Com, MAICD

Experience Charles Strickland is a Chartered Accountant, and director at the Queensland Audit Office where is has responsibility for auditing the state’s public hospitals and health department. With broad experience across general government administration, and more recently the health and local government sectors, he brings a commitment to improving the lives of Queenslanders through his financial and performance audit work. He has a strong background in audit, risk, and governance. Mr Strickland is a firm believer in quality education and giving young people every opportunity to succeed, serving on his local school P&C as treasurer, and coaching junior hockey teams.


Scott Carpenter - Director (non-executive)
Board member since 26 June 2019

Qualifications M.Business Process Management, Prince 2 Practitioner, GAICD, Cert. IV TAE

Experience Scott Carpenter works to bridge the gap between technical and business and improve organizational performance by aligning IT solutions to business needs. He applies appropriate best practice methodologies, frameworks and models coupled with technology solutions to achieve long term business objectives. Mr Carpenter’s current role is with the Australian Industry Trade College, setting up educational institutions to provide integrated education and industry learning opportunities for teenagers. He strongly believes in the ability of education to positively change someone’s life and to support young people to achieve. Mr Carpenter has also worked in the legal and private sectors.