Board of governance

Karen Harvey-Collings
Chairperson
A board member since 2006, Karen has held various positions including secretary and deputy chair. She attended Boeing Reserve Playgroup Strathmore with her three children, has a masters in organisational psychology and a background in project management, organisational behaviour and change management consulting.
   
Rebecca Middleton GAICD 
Expert member
Rebecca has been a board member since 2006 including as risk & audit chair and treasurer and loves how playgroups provide a link to communities for parents and children. She currently consults in procedures projects and has a background in PMgmt, IT, HR and Safety. 
   
Rachael Flottman
Expert member
Rachel was appointed to the board as an expert member in 2011. When not on the board, she is a lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Melbourne and has a particular interest in early childhood policy implementation.
  
   
Kate Booth
Elected member
Kath is a proud Gundit-jmara and Gunai/Kurnai Aboriginal, mother to one incredible son and a Resource Service Project Officer at SNAICC. She is passionate about the early years and joined the board after experiencing impressive support and inclusion provided while attending Koorie Playgroup.
   
  Felicity Cara-Carson
Expert member

Felicity was appointed to the board as an expert member in 2013 and is a lawyer and member of the Law Institute of Victoria. She has attended playgroup and brings with her active playgroup experience.
   
  Jane Watson
Elected member

Jane Watson CPA MBA brings a strong corporate governance background to the board through experience gained in a range of roles at a senior level in the Victorian Public Service over the past 10 years. Jane has two young sons who attend their local playgroup.
   
  Robert Giles
Elected member
Robert was appointed to the board in late 2013. His background is in psychology and psychophysiology, previously working as a sleep scientist. He is currently primary carer to his young daughter and active in West Brunswick Playgroups.
   
  Leanne Russell
Expert member
Leanne was appointed to the board as an expert member in 2013. Leanne has over ten years’ experience in policy, strategy and corporate governance and holds a Master of Public Policy and Management and a Master of Diplomacy and Trade.
   
  Di Belbin
Elected member

Di was elected to the board in 2013. She manages the risk and compliance function for a superannuation fun and has a background in personal financial planning. She became involved in playgroup following the birth of her daughter in 2013.


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