Judy Hebblethwaite worked for more than 35 years in education, including more than 13 years in various roles associated with early childhood. She was a teacher before holding a number of senior positions in the Tasmanian Department of Education. These included Director, Early Years as well as managing the child care regulatory unit in the Department.
Judy has a strong commitment to quality early childhood education and care. She oversaw the final development, introduction and implementation of the state Child Care Act in 2000 and was responsible for much of the establishment phase of the Child and Family Centre program in Tasmania. Judy also led Tasmania’s participation in the development of the National Quality Agenda framework and the Universal Access to Early Childhood Education initiative.
Judy is President of the Link Youth Health Service in Tasmania.
Mark Brown was the Director, Education and Training Regulation, Department of Education Services, in Western Australia until March 2015. In this role he led and directed the regulation of services in Western Australia for registration of non-government schools (Kindergarten to Year 12), external review of independent public schools and registration of training organisations.
Mark has been involved in education in Western Australia since 1974 as a primary school teacher, curriculum developer, university lecturer, curriculum and assessment manager, and from 2002 to 2007 was Director for Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum in Western Australia. From 2010 he was closely involved in the early education and care quality agenda through his involvement in the development of the national law legislation and as an inaugural member of the ACECQA Board.
Term finished 10 March 2017.
Sandra Cheeseman is a lecturer in early childhood policy, leadership and professional experience at Macquarie University, Sydney. She brings to the ACECQA Board more than 30 years of experience as an early childhood teacher, director and senior executive in a range of early childhood settings and organisations. Sandra was a member of the core writing team which developed the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia and has since worked on a number of related research and professional projects. Currently undertaking doctoral studies, Sandra is investigating the experience of infants in early education and care settings as they encounter the EYLF.
Sandra is also actively involved in a number of community outreach and advocacy organisations. She has been a member of executive boards for Community Child Care Co-op NSW, Lady Gowrie Sydney and was Vice President of Early Childhood Australia NSW Branch. She is currently on the board of the Infants Home, Ashfield and Contact Inc. and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Raising Children Network.
Professor Ann Farrell
Ann Farrell is Professor and Head of the School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology. Earning a PhD from The University of Queensland in 1996, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Gothenburg University (Sweden) in 2012.
Her expertise is in early childhood education and care, children’s rights to protection and participation and research ethics.
Professor Farrell serves as an Australian Research Council International Reader, an External Assessor for the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation, Reviews and Evaluation Directorate. She also serves as an expert panelist with Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency.
Catherine Hudson has extensive high-level experience in government, across a range of social and economic areas.
Catherine specialises in advice on governance, policy development and implementation, strategic planning and change management. She is also a Commissioner with the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and an Independent Member of the Wollongong City Council Corporate Governance Committee.
Catherine has also held a key integrity and governance position as the ACT Public Service Commissioner, including membership of the ACT Public Service Strategic Board with all Directorate Chief Executives.
She has been a Deputy Director-General in ACT Government, with responsibility for business development; ministerial, cabinet and policy coordination; workforce and governance; and media and communication.
In her previous work for the Queensland Government (Education Queensland, Queensland Health and Premier and Cabinet), Catherine gained a deep understanding of the importance of evidence, prevention and collaboration in improving child and youth well-being, and the importance of the early years to life outcomes.
Dr Robyn Layton AO QC
Robyn Layton is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia, School of Law. She also works as an education and development consultant both nationally and internationally, and has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
During her extensive legal career she has been a barrister and a judge in a broad range of jurisdictions, including a Judge and Deputy President of the Industrial Court and Commission in South Australia and a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Cth).
Robyn has had extensive involvement in child protection and the education sector. She is Chair of the Advisory Council for the Australian Centre for Child Protection; has ongoing involvement with Reconciliation South Australia, having been Co-Chair until 2016 and is a Patron of the Migrant Resource Centre in South Australia. Robyn is also a patron or chair of a number of committees and non-government organisations involved with various aspects of child protection, childcare, education and services as well as standards and training, which particularly address equity concerns, including gender, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and CALD issues.
Professor Joce Nuttall
Joce Nuttall is a Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, where she leads the Teacher Education, Quality, and Professional Practice Research Concentration in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia. Joce has more than 25 years’ experience as a leader and educator in primary and early childhood settings and as a teacher educator and researcher.
Joce’s research focuses on the initial and continuing education of educators and educational leaders, and the development of strategies for system-level workforce capacity-building in early childhood education and care. Joce also has significant expertise in the construction and implementation of early childhood curriculum policy and the design of teacher education programs.
In 2015, Joce was Chair of the Advisory Group on Early Learning, which reviewed the implementation of New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki, on behalf of the New Zealand Government. Joce is currently President-Elect of the Australian Teacher Education Association and is a previous Governor-General’s appointee to the Board of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Sabine Phillips is a Partner at Gadens Lawyers. Sabine is also a Director of Northern Health (Victoria). Sabine has been the Chair of the Quality Committee for Northern Health and is currently the Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee. Sabine specialises in corporate and clinical governance, risk management and compliance in health and aged care. Sabine also worked as an external assessor for the then Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.
Sabine holds a Master of Laws and a Master of Business (Organisation Behaviour) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing). Sabine is also a non-practising registered nurse and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Term finished 30 June 2017.
Nick Ryan is the CEO of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, responsible for accreditation and quality in Commonwealth funded residential and home care, as well as industry education.
Nick was the CEO (2010-2013) of Aged Care Queensland (later LASA Qld), an industry peak body and RTO. From 1998 to 2010 he was a senior executive in a range of Queensland Government agencies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, responsible for regional engagement and coordination. While in the Department of Communities he served in roles including General Manager Children and Families and Regional Executive Director Gold Coast, overseeing human services including child protection and child care regulation.
Nick has sat on a number of governance bodies, including the Brisbane Catholic Education Council (2002-2005), the Council of the Institute of Public Administration Qld (2003-2005) and the Board of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland (2010-2012). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Term finished 30 June 2017.
Catherine has worked for the Northern Territory Government for almost 30 years, including executive roles since 1998.
Catherine is Deputy Under Treasurer in the Department of Treasury and Finance.
This follows her recent role of Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of Education, and a similar role in the former Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services, as well as 17 years in Northern Territory Treasury. This included a number of years as Assistant Under Treasurer (Corporate and Superannuation) where Catherine held positions in public finance, strategic policy, financial management and intergovernmental areas.
Prior to this, Catherine worked in several Territory Government agencies, in Darwin and Alice Springs. Catherine has a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Economics, and is a Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Jackie Wilson is the Deputy Secretary, Early Childhood and Child Care, in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. She also has responsibility for the State and Territory Network.
Prior to joining the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in August 2013, Jackie jointly led the Schools Funding Taskforce with DEEWR for 12 months in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
From 2009 to 2011 Jackie worked in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and was the Deputy Secretary responsible for Business Services (2011), including responsibility for finance and IT, and Detention and Community Services (2009-2010) during a very busy time for the department.
Jackie has also worked in a number of senior positions in a range of Commonwealth portfolios, including the Department of Finance in Budget Group with responsibility for the social welfare areas of the budget and on the overall coordination of the budget.
In the Australian government health and family and community services portfolios Jackie has worked extensively on policy and program management including management of a range of income support payments.
Naomi Wilson has been involved in early childhood education and care for more than 40 years. A former teacher and politician, she has served as a Councillor for the Mulgrave Shire Council and held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary and then Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care in the Queensland Government.
Naomi has vast experience with the TAFE sector having set up and managed the initial Cairns TAFE child care courses. She is an experienced counsellor and operates her own counselling and consultancy clinic that supports businesses, families and councils across a wide range of issues. She has lectured at James Cook University.
Naomi’s passion is in quality early childhood education and care and she has a deep interest in, and understanding of, regional and rural service delivery and Torres Strait and First Persons Community issues. Naomi operated her own long day care service in Cairns, was a six-year member of the former National Childcare Accreditation Council Board, and was the foundation member and past president of the Cairns and District Child Care Development Association.