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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. 

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Board of The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

 

Cameron Henry - Chair (non-executive)

Appointed Chair 9 August 2017

Board member since 28 August 2013

 

 

Qualifications

 

BBus (Acc), ACA, MAICD

Experience

Cameron Henry is a Chartered Accountant, registered company auditor, consultant and currently an audit partner with BDO Australia. He was previously a partner with Crowe Horwath and prior to that, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he worked for 21 years in the firm's Brisbane, London and Hong Kong offices. An experienced Board member, Mr Henry's expertise covers external and internal audit, accounting advice, financial reporting, corporate governance, risk management and due diligence. 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 childcare services.

 

Committee Responsibilities

 

Audit, Risk & Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Therese Mulherin - Deputy 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. 

Committee Responsibilities

 

Governance & Remuneration

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Responsibilites

Audit, Risk & Finance

 

 

 

 

Joanne Darbyshire - Director (non-executive)

Board member since 22 August 2012

Qualifications

 

DipT, IECD, BEd

 

Experience

Involved in the early childhood sector for more than three decades, Joanne Darbyshire’s roles have included kindergarten teacher, early intervention coordinator, parent support worker, preschool teacher, TAFE and university lecturer. She is currently an educator and educational leader at Fairholme College Kindergarten in Toowoomba. With an interest in early childhood curriculum, Mrs Darbyshire has undertaken a study tour of Reggio Emilia in Italy and has worked with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority supporting the development of online resources for early childhood educators. She is a past president of Chiselhurst Kindergarten in Toowoomba, and is a Board Director of Early Childhood Australia.

Committee Responsibilities

Nominations, Governance and Remuneration

 

 

 

 

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 FynesClinton 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 - Director (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.

 

 

 

 

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.