Board & Management
The EarlyEd Board is responsible for the legal, financial and industrial management of EarlyEd. The Board oversees the work and activities of the organisation.
The EarlyEd Board consists of members with a wide range of expertise – legal, business, strategy, accounting, communications and IT, marketing, property management, early childhood intervention and research. Most members are part of families who currently receive or previously received services from EarlyEd.
New members are invited to join the Board each year at the AGM. If you are interested please call 9923 2727 and speak to our CEO.
Senior Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Kerry Dominish oversees the management of EarlyEd, is responsible for EarlyEd complying with all funding guidelines and for achieving our purpose which is to provide quality services to children and families. The CEO reports to the EarlyEd Board.
HEAD OF SERVICES
Leanne Unie Day assists the CEO with the responsibility for overseeing the day to day management of all of EarlyEd’s responsive, quality early intervention services to children, their families and community.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
Jacqui Shanahan is responsible for the implementation of the financial and organisational systems and processes.
Pamela Lam is responsible for developing, analysing and managing marketing and communication strategies to support EarlyEd families and community.
Team Leaders at each site are responsible for assisting the CEO and Head of Services in the daily management of each site to provide responsive and quality early intervention services to children, their families and community.
CEO and Board Member Profiles
CEO: Kerry Dominish (BAppSci[SP])
Kerry has worked for over 35 years in the early childhood intervention, disability and health sectors. Using her Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology Kerry has worked across the full range of service settings, primarily in NSW but also interstate and overseas and in management and training. Very early in her career Kerry realised that supporting a child’s speech on its own isn’t enough to enable them to reach their full potential. Finding ways to bring together everyone who is involved with a child and to build the skills of the child’s family, school and community members is critical to maintaining a child’s ongoing development.
This led to a career focused on building and sustaining intervention teams around each individual child, with parents at their centre. All members of the team have access to training and information that they can jointly put into practice. In her management roles and now as the CEO of EarlyEd Kerry is committed to ensuring staff maintain high quality standards of training, mentoring and supervision and use of best practice approaches.
Chair: Andrew Arcuri (BCom/LLB)
Board Member since 2013
Andrew has been a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group for 10 years, where he is a senior member of the firm’s Public Sector and Technology Practices. Andrew advises senior executives from Government in Commonwealth and State jurisdictions, and with large private sector organisations. Prior to joining BCG, Andrew was the Managing Director of EDU Technology, a company providing managed IT services to educational institutions in Australia. Andrew is also a Director of technology startup SwipeAds.
“My first involvement with EarlyEd was to help improve the way technology supports staff and children at EarlyEd. I have been actively involved in the disability sector since 2000 in a range of capacities, and the passion and experience of the staff, families and community at large have proved infectious. I am passionate about helping organisations like EarlyEd deliver ever better outcomes to children and families, and doing this in a way that is sustainable under the NDIS.”
Deputy Chair: Iain Thompson (B.Ec (Accg), CA, FGIA, GAICD)
Board member since 2014
Iain is a financial and governance executive, with over two decades of experience gained in both ASX listed companies and volunteer roles. Iain was approached to join the board to provide additional knowledge in both finance and governance. He has previously been a Director and Chair of another Early Childhood Intervention Service.
“I was excited to join the board of EarlyEd, as I had been a beneficiary of its services for one of my children, and I saw this as an opportunity to give back to an organisation that had been a big help for my family. I am passionate about EarlyEd’s mission, and the chance to guide the organisation so that others can achieve their goals for their special children.”
Treasurer: Jacqui Christie (BEc/LLB (hons))
Board member since November 2012
Jacqui is a corporate lawyer and a former partner of national law firm Clayton Utz. Jacqui has broad legal expertise across corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate law. Jacqui is also a member of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Ethics Committee.
“My son Daniel was diagnosed with a developmental delay when he was 6 months old and has been receiving services from EarlyEd since that time. I joined the board of EarlyEd as I wanted to give back to an organisation which has provided so much support to my family. It is a critical time for disability service providers with the transition to NDIS and I am committed to supporting EarlyEd through this process. I am passionate about providing quality early intervention services for children with disability, and advocating for the needs of their families.”
Secretary: Michelle Cullen (BEc (Hons))
Board Member since 2012
Following the completion of her degree, Michelle worked in Retail Property Leasing for 13 years. Prior to having children she held the role of Project Retail Leasing Manager for Stockland. This involved Master planning of new retail developments in NSW, establishing appropriate tenancy mix and budget rentals for development feasibilities through to negotiating the retail leasing deals and delivering fully leased shopping centre development upon opening. Michelle has also worked for Multiplex Developments, CBRE and Telstra Corporation throughout her retail property leasing career.
“I became involved with EarlyEd when my 2 year old son joined the weekly Early Learners Group. I felt the group session was a great addition to his private therapy sessions as it allowed him to learn to play and socialise with peers in a structured environment led by an experienced special educator. I wanted to be part of the Board as I could see and feel how caring and passionate the organisation was in helping children and their families and wanted to be a part of its future direction and progression.”
Board Member: Genevieve Smith (Cert 4 in Human Resource Management)
Board Member since 2014
Mother of 3 children including a special needs daughter and an additional needs daughter who are supported by EarlyEd. Currently doing a Teachers’ Aide course.
“I have a child with ADHD and anxiety and a child with a genetic condition, unbalanced translocation of chromosome 2 and 4, who have both been supported by EarlyEd. EarlyEd has supported my family and daughters’ school/preschool – I don’t know how we would have coped without their support. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the experience with the staff there. For my daughter with the genetic condition I have received the full range of transdisciplinary services including: braces for her legs and attachments for her high chair; we have learned to sign; we have learned strategies for feeding and strategies for walking. Importantly EarlyEd has supported me as a parent and my family because having a disabled child can be difficult. With EarlyEd I don’t need to go anywhere else, they are a one stop shop. I believe early diagnosis is crucial and that early intervention is also beneficial for a child with additional needs. I am happy to serve on the Board of EarlyEd and lend my experience as a parent of a disabled child and a recipient of EarlyEd’s services.”
Board Member: Christine Johnston (B.A. (Hons)/PhD)
Board Member since 2013
Associate Professor Christine Johnston is Director, Engagement and International in the School of Education, Western Sydney University where a focus of her work is establishing partnerships with schools, early childhood and community settings both in NSW and internationally. She researches and teaches primarily in the areas of early childhood intervention, working with families and evidence-based practice. Christine maintains a strong involvement in the early childhood intervention field both nationally and internationally through her teaching, her work with professional groups and her research.
“I have long been involved in early childhood intervention as a practitioner, researcher, and educator and this has made me passionate about ensuring that young children and their families receive the best services possible. My knowledge of EarlyEd over the last 10 years has confirmed for me that the staff is equally committed to providing services that conform to best practice in the field. I was therefore delighted to be invited to join the Board to support them in continuing to be leaders in the field.”
Board Member: Elizabeth Low (BCom/BBus (hons))
Board member since 2014
Libby has a corporate background with roles focusing on business development, management and client engagement strategy. Libby has a broad range of sales, marketing and management skills having worked across both corporate and government channels negotiating high value sales with portfolios ranging from IT solutions to corporate entertainment.
“Realising I had a child with special needs was for me an incredibly upsetting, uncertain and overwhelming time. I was referred to EarlyEd North Sydney in December 2012 when my daughter was 6 months old and she has attended ever since then. Without exception all the therapists we have worked with have been kind, professional, knowledgeable and a great support to both my daughter and I. I joined the EarlyEd Board because I wanted to give something back to the organisation that was helping us and also to learn more about the industry in general.”