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

Linda Bell

Corporate Services Manager

Linda is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with wide 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 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.

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.

Isabelle Hibon

Cluster Manager (Central)

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.

Jessica Rihari

Cluster Manager (Mid-West)

Jessica brings to REED a wealth of knowledge and experience from her 20 years working in the Education and ECEC sectors. Jessica has a passion for empowering Educators to deliver the highest quality early childhood education and development, encourages initiative and collaboration. Jessica thrives on a challenge and her positive can do attitude has been very well received in REED’s newest cluster in the Mid-West.