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.

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Bronwyn Palm Cluster Manager(East)

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. Bronwyn lives in the region and looks forward to working closely with ECEC services and communities in the East Cluster area.

Chenaye Davidson Cluster Manager(West)

Chenaye lives in the Wheatbelt region and has extensive experience as a qualified educator, and has held leadership and management positions in ECEC centres in the region. She looks forward to working closely with ECEC services as they transition into REED, being part of building a vibrant regional ECEC organisation and making sure each service maintains its close connection with their local families and community.

Chenaye knows what a critical period the early years are for children’s growth, learning and development. She hopes educators across the region will share her love of learning and improving knowledge and skills, and that REED becomes known for exceptionally high quality and innovation in the provision of regional ECEC services.

Tracey Foster
Cluster Manager(South)
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.

Nita Ackland
Cluster Manager(Narrogin)

Nita is a qualified educator who lives in the Wheatbelt region and has experience in ECEC services in both regional and metropolitan areas. She’s a great believer in ongoing professional development and the importance of keeping up to date with emerging developments in ECEC services.

Nita loves learning from interacting with children. She knows the value of play, allowing children to take appropriate risk and providing them with awe and wonder moments. She’s enjoyed her leadership role in a growing organisation and working in partnerships with families.

Sharon Palumbo
Manager, Great Beginnings Family Day Care Scheme

Sharon is an experienced, qualified professional, who lives in the Wheatbelt region. She’s worked in a range of ECEC contexts over more than 25 years – as an educator in centre-based services, a family day care scheme coordinator, TAFE lecturer and support worker in schools.

Sharon thrives on supporting educators to achieve the very best outcomes for themselves professionally, and is passionate about developing strong foundations for children who are the young leaders of the future. Sharon looks forward to the statewide Great Beginnings Family Day Care scheme growing and reaching families in new areas across WA regions.

Jennifer(Jen)Yerriah Finance Manager

Jen brings high level financial management and accounting qualifications and experience to the position of Finance Manager. She has a wealth of technical and practical experiences gained from 18 years business experience, in education, financial, engineering, manufacturing, legal sectors.

Jen’s skills and experience will be invaluable as ECEC services transition into REED and REED delivers multiple services across the region. Jen loves a
challenge and very much enjoys working as a team member. She welcomes the opportunity to be a part of an exciting new regional organisation.

Melissa Pascoe Administration Manager

Melissa is highly respected as a qualified, highly skilled and experienced administrator in an ECEC service in the Wheatbelt region. She’s also known for her versatility and energy, and as an active, committed member of her Wheatbelt community.

Melissa has experience in a diverse range of business sectors. She’s a pivotal member of the REED Senior Management Team.

Trish Fernihough
Administration and 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.

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