The Australian Childcare Alliance is pleased to announce Paul Mondo as President, Nesha Hutchinson as Vice President, Ann Marie Chemello as Secretary and Kerry Mahony as Treasurer of our National Executive Committee.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to our former President Gwynneth Bridge, and Vice President Judith Atkinson who did not renominate for these positions. After nine years of dedicated service as President Gwynn has chosen to retire from the ACA National Committee whilst Judith will continue working as part of the Committee.
Gwynneth has been an active member of state and national long day care association committees in their various forms for over 20 years. She has built open, effective, lasting partnerships with government stakeholders at both federal and state levels and continued to advocate relentlessly for family access to affordable, high quality long day care. We greatly appreciate her dedication, hard work and enormous contribution to the ACA.
As Vice President, Judith worked alongside Gwynneth and together they made an incredible team. Judith brought a wealth of experience in the early childhood education and care sector to the role. Previously she had been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils as well as a Board Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years. Her expertise in the development of early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy, along with her industry experience, have contributed greatly to the ACA.
Gwynneth remains on the Committee of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA QLD) while Judith continues as an Executive Member of the ACA.
We welcome Paul, Nesha, Ann and Kerry in their new roles as office holders.
Paul brings over 15 years of experience as a service provider to the role of President. Formerly the Secretary of the ACA National Executive Committee and currently President of the ACA Victorian Committee, Paul has played a key role in advocating for the interests of members at the federal level. He is dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to high quality, affordable early education and care in Australia.
As new Vice President, Nesha has over 12 years of experience in the management of long day care centres. Formerly the Treasurer of the ACA National Executive Committee, Nesha is also President of the ACA NSW Executive Committee.
Both Paul and Nesha have strong relationships with key stakeholders across the ECEC sector.
Ann brings over 33 years of experience in the ECEC sector to her role as Secretary. She is a service provider for both long day care and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC). Ann is also President of the ACA WA Executive Committee.
As new Treasurer, Kerry has over 18 years of experience in the ECEC sector. He has served on the ACA National Executive Committee for over 5 years and is also the President of ACA SA Executive Committee.
The Committee is also supported by the appointment of Jae Fraser who is currently serving as President of ACA Queensland. Jae will serve with Judy as Members of the Committee.
The ACA takes great pride in the fact that all Committee Members are experienced providers of long day care centres and have a hands on, practical approach to the assessment of any proposed changes to the ECEC sector.
Whilst there has been change in the composition of the Committee we will ensure that ACA continues to engage with federal government and other key stakeholders to commit to our suggested improvements to the proposed Jobs For Families package, as outlined in the ACA's recent submission to government. ACA will continue to share their responses with you, and we encourage you to share their responses with families at your service/s.
If you have any questions about the ACA submission or would like to discuss any of the issues raised in the document, please do not hesitate to contact your state ACA association.
The ACA Committee take great responsibility in our role supporting service providers in the delivery of high quality programs to the children in your services to foster the best outcomes for these children as well as the sector as a whole.