Management Team

Kylie Helgesen

General Manager

Kylie has worked in early childhood education and care in many different roles over the past 25 years. She is passionate about making sure that every young child in the Wheatbelt has the best possible learning experience. She understands that in the Wheatbelt region, parents don’t generally have the luxury of choice, which makes it even more important that every service is consistently of the highest possible standard and reflects its local community.

During the two year development of the regional governance and management model, Kylie has visited most ECEC services throughout the region and met some amazing educators. She knows that one of the significant challenges that ECEC services have faced is recruiting and keeping skilled experienced educators. She understands that as REED provides career pathways and professional development opportunities, more young people will be encouraged to become educators and not leave the region.

Kylie’s ambition is for REED to:

  • Develop children’s feelings of self-worth and self confidence
  • Encourage an environment that challenges children to extend their
    skills and take calculated risks, to love learning and be proud of their accomplishments
  • Ensure an atmosphere of warmth and love where children feel secure and free to grow
  • Discover each child’s uniqueness, special needs, talents and strengths
  • Provide a stimulating environment
  • Reinforce and challenge each child’s natural social, emotional and
    intellectual development.

> General Manager’s Report to AGM 2019 

> General Manager’s Report to AGM 2018

Bronwyn Palm

Programmes Developer & Feedback Liaison Coordinator

Bronwyn is an experienced early childhood teacher who is passionate about child development, learning through play, nature play, establishing beautiful learning environments, Reggio-Emilia inspired programs, child protection and the rights of young people.

She’s worked as an educator in child care and in kindergarten, pre-primary and year 1 in a special needs school for children with special language needs.

Bronwyn is also a past president of an ECEC service in the region. Bronwyn is an enthusiastic supporter of the regional ECEC governance and management model and excited to be a part of the new REED team.

Tracey Foster

Cluster Manager (Central)

Tracey is an experienced and qualified ECEC professional who lives in the Wheatbelt region. She’s passionate about professional development for educators and sees REED providing opportunities for staff that are difficult for small, single services to achieve.

Tracey understands the importance of partnerships with families to facilitate responsive learning environments for children. She looks forward to being a member of a team and working in partnership with ECEC services as they transition and enjoy the benefits REED will offer.

Tania Darby-Gethin

Cluster Manager (East)

Tania has spent her life in the Wheatbelt District and comes to REED with over 20years of industry experience as an Educator, Administrator and Coordinator. Tania has a passion and drive for teaching children about life and takes great pride in seeing them achieve at their own pace.

With Tania’s extensive background she has a diverse range of experience from Therapy Assistant to Assisting children with special needs which makes her a great leader and role model for our REED Educators and an asset to the REED Management Team.

Melissa Elliott

Cluster Manager (North)

Melissa comes to REED with more than 8 years experience in the childcare industry. Mel is highly experienced with a wealth of knowledge on the daily running and routines that are required to operate a child care centre.

Melissa keeps the children inspired in learning and understands the needs and outcomes, to aid children in their growth and development for their future years they have ahead of them.

Melissa has faced challenges and has reached above expectations in her earlier roles which has seen her become a great Educator and Coordinator. This has given her the knowledge with ECRU and National Quality Framework regulation for her development and growth as an Educator, Coordinator and has now been appointed as Cluster Manager West with REED Inc.

Isabelle Hibon

Cluster Manager (South)

Isabelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. Through her studies in Early Childhood Education and Care, her experience as a qualified Educator with children of pre-school and school age and her understanding of the National Quality Framework, Isabelle brings educational leadership to Great Beginnings Educators. Isabelle also has extensive administrative and management experience from positions she held in Reunion and Strasbourg in France.

Steven Sizer

Business Operations Coordinator & Executive Assistant

Steven has extensive business and management experience in a busy retail environment. In addition to being an enthusiastic team player, he’s committed to providing high level support to the senior management team.

Patricia Fernihough

Administration & Finance Officer

Trish has more than 17 years’ experience in the administration of an ECEC service in the Wheatbelt region. Trish has followed the REED journey since its inception and is proud to be a team member of the new Wheatbelt ECEC regional organisation. Trish has a passion for ECEC and a great understanding of the often challenging context in which rural and regional ECEC services operate.

Trish enjoys the opportunities to interact with staff, children and families from different cultures that is such an important part of working in ECEC.