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.

Linda Bell

Corporate Services Manager

Linda is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with extensive experience in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors, most recently in education.  She has also worked for the Corporate Regulator and several ASX-listed companies in Director, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretarial roles.

Linda brings a wealth of experience to REED and strongly supports the provision of an early education experience to WA’s regional children.

Steven Sizer

Operations Manager

Steven came to REED with extensive business and management experience in a busy retail environment. Steven’s journey with REED during a high growth phase has seen him working in a number of roles. Steven has become a passionate advocate for regional ECEC and volunteers his knowledge and experience to Carewest, a peak body for NFP children’s services in Western Australia as the Executive Member, representing regional not for profit ECEC services.

Marguerite Smolders

Quality Assurance Officer

Margi has worked in the early childhood education and care sector for over 30 years in various roles including 9 years with the Regulatory Authority as Senior Assessment Officer. She has experience in management of services, compliance and working with services to meet the National Standard through planned, systematic improvement.

Margi’s role with REED WA of Quality Assurance Officer includes regularly reviewing policies and procedures, supporting, and monitoring services compliance and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Margi works across all REED services and enjoys the wide variety of communities she visits

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.

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.

Madison Boothey

Cluster Manager (Central)

Madison has more than 5 years’ experience being in the ECEC industry.

She has had the opportunity to be in multiple roles within REED such as being an educator, team leader, Co-ordinator and now Cluster Manager.

She has exceptional leadership skills and her motivation stems from wanting to provide quality care for children and families within the services.

Madison continues to use her knowledge from all roles she has had within the industry to best connect with the educators, children, and families.

When Madison has the chance to take off the manager hat while being with the children, she takes that opportunity as this is her true passion.

Nicole Derksen

Cluster Manager (Mid-West)

Nicole has over 15 years experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector holds a Diploma in Children’s Services.

In her time in the ECEC sector she has been an Educator, 2 IC as well as a centre director for 4 years since she moved to the wheatbelt in 2017.

“I enjoy working with families as I do believe it takes a village to raise a child and I am always grateful when families allow me to be a part of their journey.

Nicole believes the first five years of children’s development is so important and something she is very passionate about, she believes it is our role as educators to foster and assist in developing children’s interests, strengths, curiosity, imagination and understanding of the world around them while celebrating all the children’s wonderful firsts and the little moments and milestones as they grow.”