Gwynneth Bridge has been an active member of state and national long day care association committees for the past 28 years and is the current President of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) and CEO of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld).
Gwynneth is also an Approved Provider of five early learning services, four in Queensland and one in Canberra. Throughout the years, Gwynneth has represented the sector on many Government reference groups both National and State. In her current roles with ACA and ACA Qld, Gwynneth works closely with all sides of Parliament to place before Government and Opposition members the plight of Approved Providers, families, children, educators and the community in an endeavour to ensure that we have an affordable, robust and sustainable childcare sector into the future.
Ms Atkinson is the CEO of three companies, Child Care Services Australia, Child Care Services SA and Child Care Services Training Australia. She has been an executive member of Childcare SA (the private peak body in South Australia) since 1984. Ms Atkinson also held the role of President, Vice President and Executive Member over this period.
She is the current Vice President and past President of the private sector federal body, the Australian Childcare Alliance.
Ms Atkinson has been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils and has been a Board Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years. She was Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Business Owner in 1998 and recipient of a Centenary Award for services to the Community – Children's Services awarded by the Governor General.
Ms Atkinson has been a teacher with the Education Department and is now focussing on early childhood education and care through her own businesses. Her businesses are responsible for the operation of four long day care centres (two rural and two metropolitan), and an outside school hours care service as well as a registered training organisation.
Dip Bus (Human Resource Management), Dip Bus (Project Management), Dip T (Junior Primary)
President - ACA New South Wales
This is Nesha’s second consecutive term as president of ACA New South Wales (formerly Child Care New South Wales). Nesha is sought-after as an industry expert in early childhood education and care, consulting to a range of organisations across Australia and speaking at conferences both nationally and internationally.
Nesha’s family has been operating child care centres in Sydney since the 1950s. Nesha ran Midson Road Child Care Centre from 2004 to 2009, and opened Top Ryde Early Learning in 2009. She has also owned and operated Norwest Child Care Centre since 2003. Her centres are frequently featured in industry magazines, newspapers and specialist publications as stand-out services. After the introduction of the National Quality Framework, her service in Baulkham Hills was one of the first to be assessed in Australia, and was rated as ‘Exceeding’. Her service in Ryde has also since been rated as 'Exceeding'.
She continues a hands-on approach to centre operation, and is acutely aware of the issues facing operators, families and our children. Nesha served on the Child Care NSW Executive Committee in 2006 and 2007, and then she left to spend time with her new babies. She was re-elected to the Executive Committee in 2011 as the Secretary, and in 2012 was elected Vice President. She began her first term as President in 2013. In 2012 Nesha was elected as the NSW representative for the ACA. Nesha has strong relationships with peers across all parts of the early education sector.
Nesha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and in English, a Masters Degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling, a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education - Inclusive Support and a Diploma in Children’s Services. Nesha is a registered senior supervising psychologist, a long standing Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a Justice of the Peace. She also has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
President - ACA Victoria
Paul has a long established history in child care which started with working in the family business. Over the last ten years Paul has built and managed his own centre in Airport West and acquired an additional centre.
Reflecting his passion for the sector and ensuring the viability of early education and care in Australia, Paul is also Secretary of the Australian Childcare Alliance. He plays a key role in advocating for the interests of members at a federal level.
Approved Provider: Bimbi Day Care Airport West, Bimbi Day Care Tullamarine and Airport Day Nursery,
President - ACA Queensland
Jae Fraser has over 17 years’ experience in the Early Learning and Education industry.
Jae is a university qualified Early Childhood Educator. Additional academic credentials include a Bachelor of Education, Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood Education and several business management qualifications spanning across the many spectrums of the child care and education industry. To compliment these achievements, Jae has worked in all sectors of the Early Childhood industry from teacher at the hands on level through to service management and operations senior management positions throughout Australia and Singapore. Jae has also been an active board member of the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland for over seven years.
Jae specialises in monitoring and performance development of the financial and quality assurance of child care and education services. Jae is passionate about teaching and guiding childcare directors and managers to manage a healthy business while ensuring the highest quality of care and education is being provided.
Jae recently founded the Little Scholars School of Early Learning.
President - ACA South Australia
Kerry has been involved in childcare for eighteen years and currently operates two long day care centres in Adelaide. He has been President of ACA SA (previously CSA) for the past four years and during that time has also served on the national executive of ACA.
Kerry was actively involved with the Suzuki method for teaching music to children since 1979 and his four children have all learned to play instruments using this method. Kerry served on the Suzuki SA Council for many of these years as Secretary. He was involved in the organisation of two International Suzuki conferences held in Adelaide and numerous other Suzuki events. Kerry is a honary member of the Suzuki SA Association.
Previously Kerry has operated a management and leadership training business, owned and operated a manufacturing consultancy business specialising in lean manufacturing and served many years as a senior manufacturing executive with General Motors.
President - ACA Western Australia
Lisa Godwin is a Service Provider to two Long Day Care services and one Outside School Hours Care service.
With over 24 year's personal experience in caring for children and having a family of her own, Lisa understands the challenge of balancing a career with family life. Lisa takes great pride in her centres and has never lost sight of the great privilege it is that families trust in us to take care of and educate their children.
Lisa has become a leader and advocate in the childcare industry for staff, children and families. Lisa's vision is to provide quality learning for all children and to lift the training standards and offer children an environment to become confident learners. Her personal strength lies in training and motivating and she recognises the importance of her role in inspiring Educators to strive for excellence.
Lisa holds a Diploma in Childrens Services.
As President of ACA WA, Lisa will continue to raise the profile of the Early Education and Care Industry. Lisa aims to instil her passion and knowledge for educating children in their early years, and to change the way that Educators and society, view our industry