The ACECQA Board
The ACECQA Board is appointed by, and responsible to, the Education Council for the overall strategy, governance and performance of ACECQA. The responsibilities of the Board include:
- providing strategic direction and assisting management in the development and monitoring of strategic and performance objectives required to effectively and efficiently implement the functions of ACECQA
- overseeing the ongoing performance of ACECQA consistent with its enabling legislation
- providing policy advice about future directions and making recommendations to the Education Council for implementing and administering the National Quality Framework (NQF)
- guiding and monitoring ACECQA’s performance against its strategic plan and operational work plan.
The Board of ACECQA brings together a dedicated team, with a wealth of relevant experience and commitment to improving education and care outcomes for Australia’s children. Up to eight members are appointed from nominations by each state and territory, up to four members are appointed from nominations by the Australian Government and the Chair is appointed independently by the Education Council. The Deputy Chair is appointed from the 12 members.
ACECQA Board Members
Ms Judy Hebblethwaite – Chair
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 the Immediate Past President of the Board of the Link Youth Health Service in Tasmania.
Professor Ann Farrell – Deputy Chair
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.
Ms Maree Bredhauer
Maree Bredhauer has worked for more than 35 years in both the private and public sector in early childhood in the Northern Territory, including time as a primary school principal in both urban and rural schools.
Maree has been President of the NT Schools Principals’ Association, with an executive role in the creation of the Centre for School Leadership. This centre is a partnership organisation between Charles Darwin University and the Department of Education. In June 2014, Maree left her position in Early Childhood Policy and Regulations in the NT Department of Education to work in the not-for-profit sector. Maree is currently Manager of Early Childhood Australia NT Branch, is a member of the Early Childhood Australia Board and holds an elected position in local government as Mayor of Litchfield Municipality.
Mr Selwyn Button
Selwyn Button is a Gungarri man from South West Queensland, raised in Cherbourg.
Selwyn is the Registrar, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) the regulatory body supporting more than 3000 Indigenous corporations across the country. Selwyn has extensive experience in Queensland health and education sectors. From 2014 to 2018 he was Assistant Director-General of Indigenous Education in state schools, where he oversaw significant improvements in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Prior to that he was CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Limited, and director of the Indigenous health policy branch within Queensland Health. He is a former teacher and Queensland police officer.
Selwyn has served on numerous councils and committees including Oxfam Australia, Queensland Council of Social Service, and the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee. He remains a director of The Lowitja Institute and Queensland Rugby Union.
Dr Sandra Cheeseman
Sandra Cheeseman is a senior 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. These include the DEEWR Professional Learning Projects (PLP) supporting the introduction of both the EYLF and National Quality Standard (NQS) to the sector and more recently the Quality Interactions Study (QIS) for the NSW Department of Education. She is also co-author of the book Leadership Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood Education and is a regular contributor to a range of early childhood publications. Sandra is currently working on a multi-disciplinary research project investigating infant and toddler language development in early childhood settings.
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 is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Raising Children Network.
Dr Anne Glover AO
Anne Glover is an international education and development consultant with extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating development programs. Anne specialises in systemic reform and the development of fair and efficient education systems. For more than 20 years she has worked with regional governments – Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Vanuatu – to develop and implement education reform agendas at national, state and local levels.
Anne also has specific expertise in early childhood care and education. A child advocate with a long commitment to promoting and protecting children’s rights and working proactively to support children’s access to and participation in education, Anne has more than 30 years’ experience in the early childhood education and care sector as a practitioner, academic, researcher and mentor. Beginning her academic career at the University of South Australia in 1983, Anne has been responsible for early childhood program and course development and coordination, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and supervising higher degrees. A keen researcher committed to rigorous and ethical research, she was a Foundation Member of the UniSA Early Childhood Research Group and the Paediatric Wellbeing Research Group, and is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at UniSA.
Anne is actively engaged in various organisations concerned with children’s well-being and is the Presiding Member of the SA Child Development Council.
Ms Jenni Perkins
Jenni Perkins has had over thirty years’ experience in social policy development, program design, community consultation, evaluation and performance reporting, and has led policy reform agendas across disability and community services.
As Director General of the Department for Communities from 2010–2013, Jenni had leadership responsibility for the implementation of the National Quality Framework for children’s education and care services in Western Australia. Jenni was also responsible for the delivery of state-wide parenting information and support services, along with youth and community services.
As the acting Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia from 2013–2015, Jenni established collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and community organisations to undertake a state-wide consultation with over 1200 Aboriginal children and young people.
Jenni has a strong interest and commitment to the delivery of evidence-based policy and consumer-focussed services.
Mrs Amanda Price-McGregor
Amanda Price-McGregor has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, policy development, community engagement and project delivery.
She has a diverse industry background encompassing state and national project experience in private sector consulting, and state and local government sectors with widespread experience across an array of portfolio areas. These areas include land use planning, infrastructure planning, urban and regional development, education planning, retail planning, housing, land development, engineering and buildings and tourism nationally and in her home state of South Australia.
As the managing principal and owner of a strategic planning consulting firm, Amanda has considerable expertise in high-level consulting, project management, portfolio policy-making and implementation.
Amanda has an avid interest in early childhood education and child development and has been a devoted and active board member in a community childcare centre for more than three years. She also served on the centre’s strategic development and human resources planning committees.
Amanda has a strong interest in encouraging and empowering early childhood educators to work with parents and carers to help identify children with potential growth and development delay and is a passionate advocate for early intervention to help address these challenges.
Mr Michael White
Michael White has had over 30 years experience in the fields of child development, child protection, youth justice and early childhood education as an academic, teacher and administrator in both the government and non-government sectors.
Michael lectured in Human Development at the University of Tasmania and was responsible for the leadership of the Early Childhood Programs of the University for several years.
He has also undertaken significant roles in the non-government sector which have included state and national leadership roles in the early childhood professional association.
Michael was Director of Schools in Victoria and subsequently, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. In the health and human services sector he held the positions of Executive Director Children, Youth and Family Services Bureau (ACT) and State Program Manager for Children Youth and Family Support in Tasmania.
In Victoria Michael was responsible for the development of “whole of government” policy on children and young people, and for the creation of a system to monitor the health, safety, learning, development and well-being of all children aged 0-18. The Child and Adolescent Monitoring system remains a major research and policy resource on children in Australia.
Michael’s work also includes an active interest in the economic and social context which frames the development of systemic responses to the needs of families in Australia. From 2009-2011 he held the position of Director in the Economics and Policy Division of PricewaterhouseCoopers focussing specifically on early childhood issues.
Michael provides strategic advice to Government and non-government agencies delivering services to children and their families. He has developed a model for building and maintaining partnerships in the health and human services sector and works with agencies to improve the impact of collaborative networks.
Ms Jackie Wilson
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.
Mrs Naomi Wilson
Naomi Wilson has been involved in early childhood education and care for more than 40 years. A former teacher and politician, Naomi held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary and then Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care in the Queensland Government. Prior to entering state politics, Naomi was a Mulgrave Shire Councillor.
Naomi has vast experience with the TAFE sector, in both setting up and delivering the initial full and part-time TAFE child care courses in Cairns. Naomi is also an experienced counsellor and operates her own clinic that supports businesses, families and councils across a wide range of issues. She has lectured at James Cook University and was a member of the Queensland state/federal Ministerial Child Care Planning Advisory Committee, representing rural and remote areas for four years.
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 designed and 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, which recently celebrated 40 years of child care services in Cairns and regional areas.