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 and state level. He is dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to high quality, affordable early education and care in Australia.
Paul has a long established history in child care which started through his work in the family business from the age of 13. Since then Paul has built and managed his own services and currently has two services in Victoria. Throughout his time in the sector Paul has spent time filling most roles within the daily operations of the service and continues to work day to day in these services with children, families and educators. As a result Paul has developed a strong understanding of the challenges facing families in accessing affordable Early Childhood Education and Care which has resulted in the desire to take a leadership role in the advocacy space.
Nesha has over 40 years of experience in long day care centres. Formerly the Treasurer of the ACA National Executive Committee, Nesha is also President of the ACA NSW Executive Committee.
Nesha currently owns and operates 3 services in North Western Sydney, with more in development. She is passionate about working collaboratively across the sector to bring about positive outcomes for children, families and operators in the areas of funding, planning, inclusive support and policy.
Nesha takes a hands-on approach to centre operation, and is acutely aware of the issues facing operators, families and our children. She has won a host of awards for her business management from the Australian Family Awards, Child Care Week Awards, National Work Life Balance Awards, Small Business Awards and Telstra Business Women's Awards.
Nesha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English, a Masters in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling, and 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.
Kerry has been deeply involved in childcare for eighteen years and currently operates two long day care centres in Adelaide. He is closely involved and hands on in the operation of these two centres. He has been President of the ACA SA Committee for the past five years and during that time has also served on the ACA National Executive Committee. In this role Kerry has been dedicated to advocating the needs of childcare operators and families while working with the industry on issues that affect viability and the quality of care we provide.
Kerry has been 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 and was involved in the organisation of two International Suzuki conferences and other Suzuki events.
Previously Kerry 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 executive with General Motors and News Corporation.
Kerry has degrees in Economics and Accounting and is a CPA with the Australian Society of Accountants.
Ann Marie Chemello
Ann Marie Chemello has 33 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. Ann Marie is a service provider with long day care and Outside School Hours Care(OSHC). She is also President of the ACA WA Committee.
Ann Marie firmly believes that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamental to all areas of their development. Her passion is in training educators to deliver a caring and nurturing environment that involve opportunities to enrich the child’s development.
Ann Marie holds a Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Social Science and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Judith Atkinson is the CEO of three companies, Child Care Services Australia, Child Care Services SA and Child Care Services Training Australia. She has served as Vice President of the ACA National Executive Committee for four years. She has also served as an Executive Member of Childcare SA since 1984, and during this period she has also held the role of President and Vice President.
Judith has been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils as well as Board Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years.
She was awarded 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.
Judith 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 (OSHC) service as well as a registered training organisation.
Judith holds a Diploma of Business in Project Management and Human Resource Management, along with a Diploma in Teaching (Junior Primary).
Jae Fraser has over 18 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. He has worked in all areas of the Early Childhood sector 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 ACA QLD Committee for over eight years. Jae is a qualified teacher who has a passion for fostering healthy child development in the early 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 holds 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. Jae recently founded the Little Scholars School of Early Learning, a group of 5 Early Education and Care services which provide for over 500 children and their families each week.