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FDCA 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

Sarah Fowler

Sarah Fowler
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 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.

Edward Burrell

Edward Burrell
Deputy Board Chair

Edward Burrell is Special Counsel 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.

Cathy Bavage

Cathy Bavage
Board Director

Cathy has worked in the not-for-profit early childhood sector since 1986, the majority of this time leading a team of dedicated educators and coordination unit team as service Manager of Wynnum Family Day Care and Education Service. During this time the service was awarded the inaugural National Coordination Unit of the Year 2013, Queensland Coordination Unit of the Year 2014, Perpetual Star Awards in 2017 (service) and 2019 (coordinator) and was inducted into the Family Day Care Australia Hall of Fame Inductee in 2018.

Cathy led the extended team through an ongoing commitment to high quality care, resulting in Wynnum Family Day Care and Education Service being awarded the prestigious Excellence rating twice through ACECQA, in 2013-2016 and 2016-2019.

Cathy has extensive governance experience and was Committee Member and Chair of Audit Committee Residential Tenancies Authority. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Business (HR), Cert IV TAE.

Cathy reflects on her move from the child protection sector, believing her longevity in family day care is driven by supporting children and families in their formative early years, setting the scene for ongoing success.

Phillipa Hargrave

Phillipa Hargrave
Board Director

Phillipa is the Assistant Director Children’s Services at 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.

Tamzin Lee

Tamzin Lee
Board Director

Tamzin is a Deputy Registrar of the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court.  Prior to this appointment, Tamzin practiced as a Barrister at (del) 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.

Phil Naylor

Phil Naylor
Board Director

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.

Rosie Pupo

Rosie Pupo
Board Director

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.

Georgina Zadelj

Georgina Zadelj
Board Director

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.

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.