Board & Management
The EarlyEd board and management are 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.
The EarlyEd board & management are made up of the senior executive team and the board; detail of both are below.
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.
Zoe Foster is responsible for developing, managing and analysing marketing, communication and fundraising 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, families & 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: Simon Abela (BCom, MBA)
Board member since 2016
Simon has been interested in technology since primary school and today manages the Australian practice of CS Technology that develops and implements IT strategies for enterprises, higher education institutions and government agencies. His responsibilities are broad and include sales, marketing, client advice, account management, engagement oversight, people management and administration.
“EarlyEd came into my life after my son Julian was born with Down Syndrome in 2011. Not knowing much about helping children with special needs and early intervention, EarlyEd became our family’s one-stop shop for advice and therapy on how to help Julian develop his potential across physical, speech, emotional and social skill sets. When the opportunity arose to join the EarlyEd Board to provide strategic direction and governance on technology and other aspects, I was grateful to be able to give back to an organisation that has, and continues to support children with special needs and their families.”
Vice 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.”
Treasurer: Bruce Low (MBA, MCom(Finance), BSpSc(ExSc), DipBldgDes)
Board member since 2017
Bruce is currently a partner at Arnhem Investment Management, where he manages money for large instructional clients and superannuation funds as an Equities Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He has been at Arnhem for almost 11 years, and analyses a diverse range of industry sectors including transport, infrastructure, utilities, and energy. Prior to Arnhem, Bruce spent 6 years on the broking side of the industry, starting with ABN Amro and then Deutsche Bank and, prior to that, worked with asset consultant and financial planning firm, IPAC Securities. Bruce recently completed his MBA from Aberdeen Business School in Scotland, and is also a qualified building designer with an interest in the construction industry.
“I was introduced to EarlyEd in 2012 when my daughter, Charlotte, was first identified as having special needs and requiring early intervention to help with her development. Without a doubt, Early Ed has contributed to the wonderful progress that Charlotte has made over the past few years. I was honoured to be invited to join the EarlyEd board, seeing it as an opportunity to return the favour for all the support it has provided to my family, as well as to use my analytical and financial background to assist the organisation as the industry transitions to the new National Disability Insurance Scheme.”
Secretary: 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.”
Board member: 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.”
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: Andrew McDonald
Board Member since: 2018
Andrew has over 30 years experience in the banking sector with his most recent role at Westpac Institutional Bank where he was responsible for all banking relationships in Australia, Asia, Europe and the US, all of the Institutional Banks asset side balance sheet, all debt/lending related products and Transactional banking sales business. Prior to this role Andrew held senior relationship banking positions, structured lending and financial markets positions within Westpac. Andrew is a Director of Warakirri College, an independent high school and chaired the board of Parramatta Park Trust from 2012 to 2016.
“I was interested to join the board of EarlyEd as I felt what the organisation is striving to achieve and the services it provides is very important to many families. I have many years and banking and corporate relationship experience which I hope can be of assistance to EarlyEd.”
Board Member: Shehani Sams
Board Member since: 2018
Shehani is a senior and experienced lawyer who has worked in the financial services sector for over 15 years. She has been in senior management positions in both the legal and compliance functions in the Australian and Asian markets and has broad experience across legal, compliance, risk and corporate governance.
“I took my son to see the staff at EarlyEd North Sydney when he was 6 months old. I found the staff to be knowledgeable, patient and extremely caring; always looking out for the best outcomes for my son. I wanted to join the Board of EarlyEd to give back to an organisation that clearly does so much – not only for young children, but also for their families and the community as a whole. The transition to NDIS has been challenging for most disability service providers and I am looking forward to helping EarlyEd pave a way forward for 2018 and beyond.”
Board Member: Malcolm Grimmond
Board Member since: 2018