Board & Management

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.

MARKETING MANAGER

Zoe Foster is responsible for developing, managing and analysing marketing, communication and fundraising strategies to support EarlyEd families and community.

FINANCE and ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Laura Soledad is EarlyEd’s Finance and Administration Manager, responsible for

financial and budget management, operations and supporting EarlyEd to meet its statutory requirements.

TEAM LEADERS

Team Leaders in each area are responsible for the daily management of each area and providing responsive and quality early intervention services and supports for 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.”

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.”

Treasurer: Malcolm Grimmond

Board member since: 2018

Board Member: Rick Li (MAppFin, MBA)

Board member since 2019

Rick has held senior positions in the financial services and infrastructure project advisory industries with his most recent role as Group Treasurer at Bluestone Group APAC.  Rick brings over 15 years of diverse experience in financial risk management, governance and management systems in both public and private sectors.

“I have come to appreciate the importance of EarlyEd’s range of services in supporting children and their families, and I have witnessed the positive outcomes achieved through EarlyEd’s family-centred plans.  I am passionate about achieving sustainable outcomes for organisations that makes a difference in people’s lives, and I am delighted to support EarlyEd’s purpose in serving those with specific needs.”

Board Member: Poppy Brown

Board member since 2020

Poppy came to Australia after a career as a management consultant for private, government and not for profit projects in the UK and Europe. She has spent the last 17 years working in the Australian not-for-profit sector primarily in the child and family space, managing large scale national programs supporting children with disabilities, migrant and refugee families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs and is currently the NSW & ACT Director for Australian Red Cross providing a wide range of support to communities,

“I am really passionate about supporting children with additional needs and their families to ensure that every child has the opportunity to actively participate in education and community life and reach their full potential. I am excited to join the Board of EarlyEd and help the organisation continue to deliver improved outcomes for children and families”

Board Member: Aaron Neate

Board member since 2020

Aaron is a highly motivated, well regarded and experienced business professional with over 10 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. During his career at Optus, Aaron has held a number of senior leadership positions across branded and non-branded retail sales, marketing and operations functions. In addition he holds a Masters of Business Administration, multiple commerce and finance qualifications and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company directors.

Aaron has a young family including two children and appreciates the importance of childhood development, believing all children, families and the wider community should have access to high quality support and educational services to ensure children reach their full potential, one of the key reasons he wanted to contribute to Early Ed.

Board member: Dr Stephan Brennan (PhD)

Board member since 2020

Stephan is currently a Senior Executive with the global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi. After completing his PhD in biomedical research, Stephan began his career in the health care industry with Pfizer in Switzerland. Since then he has held various roles with increasing responsibilities across marketing, sales, strategic planning and business development.

“Growing up, I have witnessed the challenges and hardships my parents faced raising and educating my sister who lives with a mental disability. EarlyEd provides a vital service to children and their families who need our support. I’m excited about joining the Board and look forward to helping achieve the organisation’s vision of ensuring children with disabilities reach their full potential.”