Our Board

HELEN CREED
B.A., Dip. Social Studies

Chairperson

Helen brings a wealth of experience to the role of Chair from both the early childhood education and care sector and various Board and Committee positions.  She has held senior roles in government, in the non government sector and in the union movement, including as the National President of the Union responsible for staff in ECEC and Executive Director of the Department responsible for licensing and funding ECEC services.

Helen’s current roles include Deputy Chair of the WA Government’s Supporting Communities Forum, Board member of Child Australia and Ratings Review Panel Member for the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

Helen’s awards include the WA Women’s Fellowship, awarded in 1989 for her to study the provision of employer provided child care in the United States, the Centenary Medal awarded in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to child care and more recently being inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

> AGM Chairperson’s Report

> Chairperson REED launch

HEIDI COWCHER
BSc, Dip.Project Mgnt, GAICD

Heidi brings to the Board significant board experience from across the Wheatbelt region, having previously served on both the Regional Development Australia (Wheatbelt) board (as Deputy Chair) and also the Wheatbelt Development Commission Board. She has worked in local government for over 25 years, with 17 of those being at the Shire of Williams as the Economic/Community Development Officer. She has recently commenced as the Executive Manager of Property and Assets at the Shire of Katanning. Heidi has extensive strategic planning, community leadership development and stakeholder engagement experience and brings significant knowledge in these fields to the Board table. She is passionate about regional development and making the regions of this great State, great places to live, work and play.

KIM GUELFI
Dip.Teaching, WA Teachers’ Higher Certificate, Dip.Arts

Kim has extensive leadership experience in an educational setting, undertaking roles as Deputy Principal, Principal, Director of Schools. Kim held the position of Regional Executive Director, Department of Education in the Wheatbelt from 2011-2015.

ANIKA KEELING
Dip.Bus, Cert 1V Local Govt

Anika has worked in a range of rural and regional State Government and local government agencies in regulatory positions. She was a Narrogin Regional Child Care Services Committee Member and Office Bearer from 2012-2017.

TOM KENDALL
B.Eng, M.EngSc, MBA, Prof Cert Arbitration, Assoc.Cert in safety & Design, FAICD

Tom is an experienced senior business executive in the mining and resource sector. He has lived, worked and held business interests in regional locations, served as a Councillor in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, a Board Member of the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, Committee Member of an ECEC service and a Past President of Dalkeith Rotary Club.

JANE LIU
BSc(Hons),Post Grad. Cert. Ed., Cert. Mgnt, Dip. Personnel Mgnt, Dip. ECEC

Jane has worked as a high school teacher, human resources planning analyst and manager of Wongan Cubbyhouse ECEC service for four years. As well as her ECEC experience, Jane is a partner in a family farming operation and contracting business. She is an active volunteer in the Victoria Plains Shire, with roles in the school P&C and Council and the local football club.

MARK MORRISSEY
Adjunct Associate Professor, Bachelor Nursing Science

Mark has worked in the delivery of community child health, early childhood education, public health, mental health, health surveillance, immunisation and child development and has expertise in the development, delivery and evaluation of programs and policy. He has been Executive Director Community Child and Adolescent Health in Western Australia and until recently, Commissioner for Children and Young People in Tasmania.

PAUL SCHUTZ
B.Agribusiness, Dip. of Insurance Broking

Paul is a Councillor of the Shire of Narrogin and previous Town of Narrogin, a committee member of a number of not-for-profit organisations. He was a committee member of the Narrogin Regional Child Care Services. Paul has been the Branch/Area Manager for Country Wide Insurance Brokers since July 2010 and previously held the position of Elders District Wool Manager for Wheatbelt South.

FLEUR WILKINSON
B.Comm.(Marketing)Dip.Proj.Mgnt. Cert in Engagement

Fleur has more than 22 years’ experience in a variety of roles at the Shire of Brookton involving financial analysis and reporting, economic development, strategic planning, community engagement, marketing and communications. She has also spent 6 years serving as a Treasurer and then President on an ECEC service management committee.