Corporate Governance | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

Corporate Governance

C&K’s Corporate Governance Policy (PDF) sets out C&K’s governance approach.

The C&K Board has three committees to assist it in overseeing the work of C&K. They are: the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Early Years and Innovation Committee. Each committee is comprised of board members. The Early Years and Innovation Committee also includes two external early childhood education and care experts. 

You can dowload the C&K Constitution (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. 


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

Qualifications B IntBus, LLB, LLM

Experience Ms Ibanez is a partner at Hamilton Locke. 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.



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.

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

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

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 Mr 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 strongly believes in the ability of education to positively change someone’s life and to support young people to achieve.


Geoff Hirst – Director (non-executive)
Board member since 14 July 2020
Qualifications B. Com (Accounting), B. Bus (Economics), GAICD, CIA, CCSA, PMIIA
Experience Geoff Hirst is a Partner of the Illume Group, specialising in governance and business transformation. An authentic executive leader with 24 years of professional finance, audit and risk advisory experience, Mr Hirst also has extensive global experience, particularly in the Education sector and professional services industry, with two Big-4 consulting firms, and more recently as the Managing Director and Market Leader for Protiviti. With expertise in business risk advisory, implementing complex governance programs and change, differentiated value, and business resilience, Mr Hirst has provided assurance and risk advisory outcomes on a variety of risk based transactions, including, business performance, joint ventures, major projects, divestments and acquisitions. He has also had executive leadership roles within industries including, Queensland Health, major infrastructure development, and transport.