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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 three committees to assist it in overseeing the work of C&K, namely the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, the Governance and Remuneration Committee, and the Nominations Committee. Each committee comprises Board members, with the Nominations Committee also comprising two external, independent members. 

The C&K Constitution is available to download.


Board of The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited



John Sneddon (non-executive)

Board member since 5 December 2012.







Mr Sneddon is a partner at Shand Taylor Lawyers where he practises in the fields of commercial litigation, company law and industrial relations law.  He has been representing the Company for a decade and is a past president of a C&K affiliated kindergarten in Brisbane.  Mr Sneddon is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the International Commission of Jurists.  He has extensive experience in the legal issues relating to indigenous Australians and has represented indigenous communities in far North Queensland and the Northern Territory.  A father of three young children, he maintains an abiding interest in early childhood education.



  Mr Sneddon is a member of the Audit Risk and Finance Committee.





Cameron Henry - Deputy Chair (non-executive)

Appointed Chair 9 August 2017

Board member since 28 August 2013








Mr Henry is a chartered accountant, registered company auditor and consultant and currently an audit partner with BDO Australia. He was previously a partner with Crowe Horwarth and prior to that, PricewaterhouseCooper ("PwC") where he worked for 21 years in the firm's Brisbane, London, and Hong Kong offices. An experienced board member, My Henry's expertise covers external and internal audit, accounting advice, financial reporting, corporate governance, risk management and due dilligance. He has advised in the fields of education, health, manufacturing, mining and retail in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including schools and child care services. 




Mr Henry is Chair of the Audit Risk and Finance Committee.






Joanne Darbyshire - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 22 August 2012.



Dip of Teaching, IECD, B. Education



Mrs Darbyshire has been involved in the early childhood sector for over 30 years in a range of different roles including kindergarten teacher, early intervention coordinator, parent support worker, visiting preschool teacher, TAFE and university lecturer.

Mrs Darbyshire is currently an educator and Educational Leader at Fairholme College Kindy in Toowoomba.  During her time at Fairholme the Kindy has been involved in the trial of the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and was a pilot centre for the KidsMatter mental health program.  Mrs Darbyshire has attended an international study tour of Reggio Emilia and has a strong element of nature play in her kindy. During the past 18 months Jo has worked with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority supporting the development of on-line resources for Kindergarten Teachers and early childhood educators using the QKLG.  She is interested in parent support and has a weekly radio segment on 4GR in Toowoomba and 96five Family’s number one in Brisbane covering topics relevant to young children and their families.   Mrs Darbyshire is a past president of Chiselhurst, a C&K affiliated kindergarten in Toowoomba. She is a Board Director of Early Childhood Australia.




Ms Darbyshire is a member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee.







Emma Fynes-Clinton - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 7 December 2016


MBus (Professional Accounting) BEcon Hon, GAICD, GradDip Applied Finance and Investment


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.  





Ms Fynes-Clinton is the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee





Therese Mulherin - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 30 May 2013.






Ms Mulherin started her career as an Occupational Therapist, assisting people with injuries and disabilities to maximize their independence and participate in their chosen career or lifestyle to their fullest potential.  Today she is a seasoned leader, manager and board director with over 20 years of experience in the employment services and workplace rehabilitation industries.

During her 15 years at Ingeus, Ms Mulherin was instrumental in the business achieving rapid organic growth and financial success in both Australia and Europe.  In more recent times she has been directly involved in several acquisitions and their successful integration into a consolidated business.  She has experience in large service organizations, working in highly regulated industries, government contracts, strategy development, stakeholder management and managing change.  Ms Mulherin is performance, growth and efficiency orientated.  She is married with two children and lives in Brisbane.



Ms Mulherin is the Chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.





Megan Gibson - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 19 May 2016 



PhD, M Ed, B Ed (EC), Dip T (EC) 



Megan Gibson is a Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. Megan’s award winning doctoral research examined early childhood teachers’ professional identities. This work and her extensive professional experience in the field have laid foundations for her research program, which includes a focus on early childhood workforce, pre-service teacher education, leadership, policy and sustainability. Megan has responsibility for teacher education units on leadership, professionalism and health and well being. Her experience as an early childhood educator includes teaching and leadership roles across a range of contexts. Notably, Megan was the Director of an internationally recognised child care centre, where she led the centre’s substantial growth and evolution over ten years. 





Wesley Aird - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 12 October 2015



MAIDC; Graduate, Royal Military College, Duntroon; Graduate, Australian Army School of Instructual Training, as Training and Development Officer, Graduate, Junior Officer Staff Course, Australian Army; ADip Personnel Administration



Wesley spends most of his working life solving problems so that indigenous Australians can become genuine participants in the real economy. He was recently an adviser to the Australian Government as a member 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, Wesley’s primary work is with resource sector companies in the management of native title and cultural heritage and also in the development of initiatives for Indigenous employment, training and business. Wesley maintains a very strong commitment to his own community through both native title and cultural heritage on the Gold Coast. For over a decade Wesley has been a project manager and advisor in the resource sector. Before that, he served in the military for 10 years and was the first Indigenous graduate from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. 



Mr Aird is a member of the Audit Risk and Finance Committee



Management of The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited


Michael Tizard - Chief Executive Officer

Appointed 5 August 2013




BA, BSW, GradCertArts





Michael is a social worker with over 30 years’ experience in the child and family services sector, and has worked in both government and non-government organisations in Victoria and NSW prior to moving to Queensland. He has worked in statutory child protection, family support, parenting and early childhood education and care, as a practitioner, senior manager and in executive roles.

Michael worked in Victoria until 1999 as the CEO of Children’s Protection Society, before moving to NSW where he held roles as Principal Policy Adviser Child and Family Services, and Regional Director Metropolitan South East Sydney with the NSW Department of Community Services and Regional Director Metropolitan South East with the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.  He moved into a Senior Manager role with The Benevolent Society in 2005 becoming the State Manager for Queensland in 2007.  Since then he has worked as the Director of Out of Home Care for UnitingCare Community and commenced as the CEO of C&K in August 2013.

Michael has previously been a Board Member of the Children's Welfare Association of Victoria, now known as The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc. and is a current Board Member of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia Inc (CAFWAA) and Families Australia. Michael joined the Board of PeakCare Board in 2008 and became President in late 2009.


Katherine Fleming – Company Secretary

Appointed 24 October 2012



LLB (Hons 2B), M(BusComms), Grad Dip ACG, AGIA, ACIS



Katherine has held legal, governance and communications roles in the not-for-profit, private and international sectors, including nine years working with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Katherine is a Director of the PACT (Protection All Children Today) Foundation and has extensive experience in governance, board related activities, stakeholder management, and risk and compliance