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

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Board of The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

 

Bernard Curran - Chair (non-executive)

Appointed Chair on 31 May 2013.

Board member since 22 August 2012.

 

 

Qualifications

 

B.Bus(Accounting) QUT, Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

 

Experience

Bernard Curran is a Chartered Accountant and has been a partner of BDO since 1991. In this position he has held senior roles including National Chair of the Private Client division from 2008 to 2011. He is currently a Board Member of BDO (Qld).  He is actively involved in advising clients on taxation and business advisory matters. In August 2014 Bernard was appointed as a Director of the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). He was Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee of C&K from March 2011 until March 2013.Bernard is also the current Chair of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, a role he has held since December 2012 and has been a director since February 2008.Bernard is also a director on a number of private company Boards.

 

Committees

Bernard is an ex-officio member of the Audit Risk and Finance Committee and the Governance and Remuneration Committee.

 

 

 

 

John Sneddon (non-executive)

Board member since 5 December 2012.

 

Qualifications

 

LLB

Experience

 

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.

 

Committees

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

 

 

 

 

Linda Apelt - Deputy Chair (non-executive)

Appointed Deputy Chair on 20 July 2016

Board member since 30 May 2013.

 

 

Qualifications

 

Adj Prof Social and Behavioural Sciences (UQ), MEdSt (UQ), Grad Dip Couns, BEd, DipT, GAICD

 

Experience

Ms Apelt is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with over thirty years of progressive experience in government and non-government environments, including fourteen years as a Director-General of large, complex human services organisations and is currently CEO of MontroseAccess. She has particular expertise in leading large scale organisational and policy changes and reforms; developing and implementing complex social policy initiatives; managing internal and external service delivery systems; managing and balancing multimillion and multibillion dollar budgets including contracts with non-government service providers, capital works and achieving efficiencies without compromising services.

Ms Apelt has served as a non-Executive Director on a range of Boards including QSuper Board of Trustees; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and Common Ground Queensland. She has also chaired a range of national and state based Committees and Boards of Management as an Executive Director.  Ms Apelt has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland since 2003.

 

Committees

Ms Apelt is the Chair of the Nominations Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Darbyshire - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 22 August 2012.

Qualifications

 

Dip of Teaching, IECD, B. Education

 

Experience

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.

 

Committees

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron Henry - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 28 August 2013

Qualifications

 

B Bus Acc, ACA, MAICD

 

Experience

Mr Henry is a chartered accountant, registered company auditor and consultant.  He is currently an audit partner with Crowe Horwath Australia and a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) where he practiced for 21 years, predominantly in Brisbane, but including long term secondments to the Firm’s London and Hong Kong offices.  He worked with many of the firm’s  most important clients, including publicly listed, private and not-for-profit organisations. He has considerable board room experience, predominantly dealing with board audit committees. His expertise covers external audit, internal audit, accounting advice, financial reporting, corporate governance, risk management and due diligence. His clients and experience have spanned most industries including education, health, manufacturing, mining and retail. Whilst his experience in Australia, Europe and Asia has typically been with large, complex, multi-location organisations, he is equally comfortable with small private family companies and not-for-profit entities. His experience includes managing and directing the audits and providing advice to a number of schools and child care services.

 

Committees

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

 

 

 

 

Therese Mulherin - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 30 May 2013.

Qualifications

 

BOccThy, GAICD

 

Experience

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.

 

Committees

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 

Qualifications

 

PhD, M Ed, B Ed (EC), Dip T (EC) 

 

Experience

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

Experience

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. Wesley has been a Non-Executive C&K Board Director since 12 October 2015.

 

 

Management of The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

 

Michael Tizard - Chief Executive Officer

Appointed 5 August 2013

 

Qualification

 

BA, BSW, GradCertArts

 

Experience

 

 

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

Qualifications

 

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

Experience

 

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