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 Appointed: 3 May 2016
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.
Tamzin Lee Deputy Board Chair Appointed: 25 November 2016
Tamzin is the Head of Criminal Practice at Legal Aid ACT. Prior to this appointment, Tamzin was the Deputy Registrar of the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court and also practiced as a Barrister at Murray Chambers based in Darwin.
While Tamzin primarily practiced in criminal, family, and child protection law, she 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 and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Sarah Fowler Board Director Appointed: 28 October 2017
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 holds a Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Business (Governance) and is currently enrolled in and working towards a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Management) at Charles Darwin University.
Georgina Zadelj Board Director Appointed: 14 June 2019
Georgina has worked in the early child care sector for the past 17 years, including a period as a centre based director, but it was 10 years ago that Georgina found her true passion when she began working as a family day care educator. Georgina was awarded the 2013 National Educator of the Year Award and was again a national finalist in the 2017 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.
Family day care has been Georgina's platform for connecting with her community; regularly collaborating and forming partnerships, building secure and respectful relationships and providing quality outcomes for children through participation, fund raising and community events.
Georgina prides herself on educating and inspiring children in making a difference.
Edward Burrell Board Director Appointed: 30 August 2019
Edward Burrell is a Partner at Wotton + Kearney.
Edward has worked as a practicing lawyer for more than 10 years and has developed extensive expertise across key aspects of insurance law, risk, claims, coverage and compliance. Through his work with FDCA in his former role as Special Counsel at Clyde & Co, Edward has developed a very strong working knowledge of the regulatory framework, along with the legal, financial, contractual and operational frameworks surrounding the family day care system.
The diversity of Edward's experience has afforded strong skills sets across advocacy and negotiation, management and communication, and the ability to work in complex and time sensitive environments.
Rosie Pupo Board Director Appointed: 16 April 2021
Rosie is the Service Manager for both Marrickville and Inner West Family Day Care and has been working in the early childhood education and care sector for over 27 years.
After starting her family day care career in 1994 as a trainee with South Sydney Council, Rosie moved into a role as a resource worker with Ku-ring-gai Council Family Day Care in 1997 before working with The Infants Home Family Day Care and Canada Bay Council as a Child Development Officer. Rosie has also worked as a Project Officer with the New South Wales Family Day Care Association and in a marketing and promotions role outside of family day care.
Rosie strives to mentor and guide her team of staff and educators into early childhood professionals by providing tailored training opportunities to support educators in successfully running their individual businesses.
Rosie holds a Diploma of Children's Services, Certificate IV in Small Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Education through Charles Sturt University.
Cindy Fraser Board Director Appointed: 20 September 2022
With over 28 years of experience in early childhood education and management, Cindy Fraser is committed to raising the quality of education and care in the family day care sector.
Having originally completed her Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) at the University of Melbourne in 1994, Cindy went on to work as a long day care educator, a pre-prep teacher, a mentor for diploma students and now, holds the position of Service Manager at Bambini Child Care Services.
Based in Victoria and offering family day care and in-home care for children and families, Bambini is one of relatively few private family day care services to achieve an Exceeding rating from ACECQA.
Cindy brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and a particular passion for engaging with government and peak bodies.
She has sat on a policy working party for the Department of Education and has represented the North East Urban Regin in Victoria at an executive level from 2008 - 2013, including tenures as Vice President and President of Family Day Care Victoria.
Olivia Moller Board Director Appointed: 25 November 2023
For 10 years Olivia has been the approved provider of Let’s Go Family Day Care in Victoria, and from 2016-2019 was also the approved provider for Let’s Go Oshc Seville and Let’s Go OSHC Wandin Yallock. She started the Oshc programs to help these regional schools boost their enrolments, and when numbers took off, they were transferred to the relevant schools.
Building a quality FDC service from the ground up has been one of the most rewarding highlights of her career so far.
In 2016, Lets’ Go Family Day Care was awarded the FDCA service of the year award (The emerging star), and also wrote an article for the ACECQA newsletter on maintaining a quality service in FDC after achieving an exceeding rating at the time.
Olivia has a genuine passion for the FDC sector, and helping communities with access to child care (across metropolitan/ regional/ rural areas) is something high on her agenda, regardless if it’s from an In Venue or residential premises.
Being a hands-on provider and making a point of getting to know each of Let’s Go educators individually, allows her to provide the support they need, allowing them to provide the best possible care for all children and families.
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