Executive and Board

Family Day Care Australia Executive Team

Andrew Paterson
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has over 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of FDCA and previously across a number of operational, business development and executive roles with the YMCA of NSW.

Andrew has a Masters of Marketing and Communications and is experienced in association membership management, public relations, advocacy and communications. Andrew is passionate about not-for-profit branding and in bringing an organisation’s Vision to life through a Mission centric approach to strategic planning and operational management.

With tertiary qualifications in education and an early professional background in outdoor education, Andrew believes strongly in the value of play based learning and in family day care’s unique strengths in leveraging the natural learning environment.

Scott Rollason
General Manager

Scott is a qualified lawyer and has a strong background in organisational strategy, government relations, policy and lobbying. Having previously worked for member associations in Australia and also the United Kingdom, he is passionate about representing members' right and supporting sector development.

Scott has also worked for a number of Commonwealth Departments, including the Department of Education and Training where he managed legislative matters.

Scott has a special interest in supporting children with additional needs, having provided Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy to autistic children for over 4 years while studying psychology at University.

Family Day Care Australia Board of Directors

The Board of FDCA is focused on the effective governance of the company, including strategic direction, finance, compliance, and risk management. The Board does not manage staff other than the Chief Executive Officer and is not involved in day to day operations.

Further, the Board does not debate the family day care program/policy in any detail, other than how it relates to the strategic direction and leadership of the national peak body.

In line with the constitution, the number of Directors of FDCA shall be a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 11, comprising:

  • A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 6 Member Elected Directors, elected by the Members in accordance with the constitution: and
  • a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Board Appointed Directors, appointed by the Board in accordance Constitution

Phil Naylor
Board Chair

Phil Naylor is one of Australia's most respected association leaders.

Phil has spent more than 30 years establishing, developing, representing and lobbying on behalf of key national and state based associations, including the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, the Australian Retailers Association, the Retailers Association of Queensland and the Retail Traders Association of NSW. He has also had experience as either Chair or Director of various boards in the not-for-profit sector, including LIXI, the mortgage industry's electronic standards body, REST, one of  Australia's leading industry superannuation schemes, and  Credit Ombudsman Services Ltd (COSL), the ASIC recognised External Disputes Resolution Scheme for the credit industry.

Sarah Fowler
Deputy Board Chair

Sarah has worked in the not-for-profit early childhood sector for the past 18 years, including working as a family day care educator for five years, during which time she was awarded the inaugural 2012 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Educator of the Year Award.

Sarah is currently the Executive Director of Northern Territory based Family Day Care Service; Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care Inc. 

Since her appointment as Executive Director, Kentish has attained the Northern Territory Family Day Care Service of the Year Award 2014, 2015 and 2016, and in 2015 Kentish was awarded the prestigious Excellence rating through ACECQA.

Sarah has vast governance experience and is a current member of the Australian Institute of Community Directors, Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has obtained a Diploma of Children’s Services, and a Diploma of Management and is currently enrolled in and working towards a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Management) at Charles Darwin University.

Phillipa Hargrave
Board Director

Phillipa is the Manager of Communities@Work Family Day Care and In Home Care in the ACT and NSW.  Her experience over the past 25 years spans across the not-for-profit sector of early education and care services.

Previously a family day care educator herself, Phillipa’s knowledge and experience offers invaluable insight into the sector.  Under her leadership, Communities@Work Family Day Care scheme has been named the National Winner at the Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

In addition to managing the service Phillipa also contributes to assisting families in sourcing emergency care, across all education and care sectors in the ACT.

Phillipa currently holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and Certificate IV Leadership and Management.

Sol Ibrahim
Board Director

Sol is an early childhood teacher with over 25 years experience in the management of family day care and most other children’s service types. He has worked for local Councils and the not-for-profit sector.

Sol served as a Councillor for Byron Shire Council from 2012 to 2016. He was the CEO of Northern Rivers Children's Services Limited from 1998-2018. Sol now provides children's services consultancy, and is currently completing a law degree. Sol has previously been the President of the NSW Family Day Care Association. He has additional tertiary qualifications in Social Science and Industrial Relations.


Tamzin Lee
Board Director

Tamzin is a Barrister based at Murray Chambers in the Northern Territory.

While she practices primarily in criminal, family, and child protection law, Tamzin is passionate about ensuring the protection and recognition of the rights of young people in the Law and legal system.

Tamzin has worked in a number of remote communities in the Northern Territory, and is committed to the principal that quality education and care should be available to all children.

In addition to her legal qualifications Tamzin holds a Bachelor of international business.


Rebecca Rushby
Board Director

Rebecca is the Director of Happy Campers Family Day Care based in Victoria, which holds the philosophy that "every child deserves to feel secure, loved and that they have a home away from home where they belong."

After working outside of the child care sector and having two children of her own, Rebecca's interest and desire to work in childcare was still strong, which saw Rebecca complete her Diploma in Children Services, become a family day care educator with Banyule City Council Family Day Care and then Early Childhood Management Services.

In January 2014, Rebecca set up Happy Campers Family Day Care with the vision to develop the type of service she was looking for as an educator. The business model, policies and procedures were focused on reducing the clerical burden on the educator, allowing them more time to devote to the care and education of the children.


Priscilla Schwanz
Board Director

Appointed to the Family Day Care Australia Board in November 2011, Priscilla has been a family day care educator for 34 years. Priscilla holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and is the President of the Family Day Care Educators Association of South Australia.
Priscilla attends considerable training workshops to enhance her knowledge of the FDC Industry and assists and mentors other educators including those from multicultural backgrounds.

Priscilla is proactive in her working and community life. “I believe in being involved in the interests of the children in my care and within the wider community, and support them while in my home, at kindergarten and as they transition to school. Therefore I spend time with them as they begin each and every phase of their learning years and beyond.”


Board responsibilities

The Board’s role is to:

  • Craft the mission, vision and values of the organisation
  • Set, approve and amend governance policies and delegate the responsibility for implementation to the Chief Executive Officer
  • Recruit, hire, evaluate, guide and manage the Chief Executive Officer; determine the remuneration package for the Chief Executive Officer
  • Ensure compliance with established regulations
  • Review financial statements, approve the budget and ensure that the financial assets of the organisation are safeguarded and used appropriately
  • Offer input and approve the strategic plan. Thereafter, monitor the progress towards the achievement of the goals and objectives set out in the strategic plan
  • Review the composition of the Board, including performance and refreshment

The Board can be reached via email at board@fdca.com.au.