Our Board

B.A., Dip. Social Studies


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 also include being a 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 in 2018 being inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

> AGM Chairperson’s Report 2019 

> AGM Chairperson’s Report – 2018

> Chairperson REED launch

Adjunct Associate Professor, Bachelor Nursing Science

Deputy Chairperson

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.



Carol Child is a UK qualified accountant with over 30 years of experience. She worked for a decade in the financial sector in London and for the last 20 years in the not for profit sector in Western Australia as a finance manager, including 10 years with a community based child care provider. In her current role as Executive Manager of The Humanitarian Group, she is responsible for maintenance of all the organisations financial records including payroll, monthly budgets, grant funding, management accounts to the Board and the annual audit of the financial accounts. She also oversees corporate governance, IT, human resource management and is responsible for ensuring the office administration runs smoothly. Carol is pleased to be able to use these skills and experience as Treasurer of the REED Board and looks forward to assisting in the development of a robust and professional organisation.

BE, MEngSc, MBA, MSc(MinEcon, FAICD

Tom is an experienced business executive in the mining and resource sector. He has lived, worked and held business interests in the Eastern Goldfields and the Wheatbelt, 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.

B.Agribusiness, Dip. of Insurance Broking

Paul is a former 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.


Yvette has worked as a teacher, Principal and Public Servant with the Department of Education for over 30 years and for most this, her career has been based in the Wheatbelt.  Currently her role is the as the Coordinator of Regional Services within the Wheatbelt Education Region.  Yvette has taken on roles as a Committee Member of a disability advocacy organisation and a Committee Member of several Early Years Networks across the Wheatbelt.  She is currently the Executive Officer for the Wheatbelt Human Services Managers Forum South.


Dip Teach; B.Ed; GAICD

As a lifelong resident of regional WA, educator and farmer, Suzanne has a thorough understanding of rural communities.  She has extensive experience in regional development and agribusiness, along with teaching and school leadership skills developed during her career in education.  She firmly believes that regional Western Australia has a significant role to play in the continued development of the state and the provision of key services are integral to regional growth and sustainability.

Suzanne’s board roles currently include Secretary and Director, Australian Fodder Industry Association; Secretary/Treasurer and member, Calingiri Progress Association; Chair and member, Calingiri Primary School Council; and previously included Vice Chair and member, Grains Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee; Chair and Director, Goomalling and Districts Community Financial Services (Bendigo Bank) and Chair and member, Heartlands WA.

Suzanne was awarded the Victoria Plains Citizens of the Year in 2000 and the WA Rural Women’s Development Award in 2003.


B.Ed; M Commerce; GAICD

Wendy Newman currently runs Quintessence Consulting and is a Non-Executive Director. In addition to her position with REED Inc., she is Deputy Chair of WA Country Health Service and Directions Workforce Solutions Inc. and a member of the RDA Wheatbelt Board.

After a varied career in secondary and tertiary education and the trade union movement, Wendy ‘re-invented’ herself when she met the Farmer. She has run the Dowerin GWN Field Days, been Chair and CEO of the Wheatbelt Development Commission and has held many advisory positions including the State Government’s Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council and Technology Industry Advisory Council. She has held national and state board positions in agricultural education and research,

Wendy holds a Master of Commerce (Management), a Bachelor of Education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.