Executive Leadership Team

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Christine Legg

Chief Executive Officer

Christine Legg was appointed to her role as Chief Executive Officer in April 2011. Chris is an experienced early childhood professional who began her teaching career in South Australia more than 30 years ago. During her career, Chris has worked in a variety of services including long day care and preschool and has held a number of positions including Teacher, Director and several management positions within KU.

Throughout her career, Chris has been actively engaged in promoting the value of early childhood education; the rights of children; and improving the status and standing of early childhood education as a profession. In recognition of her work, Chris has received a NSW Children's Week Award and an Early Childhood Australia NSW Advocacy Award.

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Cherylanne Williams

General Manager, Early Education Operations

Cherylanne is the General Manager, Early Education Operations and is responsible for the management of the Early Education Operations team.

Cherylanne has worked in the early childhood profession for a number of years in a variety of roles including, Preschool Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Director, Children's Services Advisor and an Area Manager with KU in the Hunter region.

Cherylanne has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), an Associate Diploma of Social Science (Children's Services) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Within her career Cherylanne has worked within the financial and business sector and combines this with her passion for early childhood to provide a balanced view of service provision.

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Kim Bertino

General Manager, Early Education Professional Practice

Kim is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of new systems across the organisation, reflecting the National Quality Reform Agenda for early childhood education. These systems will support KU's early childhood workforce in engaging with the Early Years Learning Framework and implementation of the National Quality Standard.

Kim commenced employment with KU Children's Services in March 2009 as Manager, Professional Services. In this role Kim was responsible for the implementation of the professional development program, including Annual Seminar, for all early childhood staff working in KU services.

Kim joined KU having had over 20 years experience working in child and family services with local government and not for profit organisations, and has tertiary qualifications in early childhood education and is currently completing a Master of Strategic Organisation Development.

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Jane Robinson

General Manager, People Services & IT

Jane joined KU in 2011 as General Manager, People Services. She has brought extensive senior management experience to the KU executive team particularly in the design, development and delivery of cost-effective and innovative people solutions.

Jane's experience spans the banking and finance, insurance and professional services sectors in both for profit and not for profit settings. Jane has also managed enterprise based Registered Training Organisations and supported the development of a number of award winning certificate programs.

Jane brings a strong focus on building organisation capability and in 2003 received a national award recognising her contribution to the development of employee professional development systems in Australia from the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

Jane holds a Business degree and qualifications in Modern French and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

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Karen Dawson

General Manager, Partnerships, Development & Engagement

Karen is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of all KU’s marketing, communications and public relations activities, ensuring that KU is recognised as “the best there is” in early childhood education and care. Accordingly Karen oversees the management of the KU brand, media and advocacy opportunities.

Having joined KU in March 2008, Karen brings extensive experience in Marketing & Communications, Project Operations and Relationship Management developed within both the not for profit and private sectors. She also has a strong record of cooperatively engaging stakeholders to develop beneficial community/corporate partnerships.

Karen holds tertiary qualifications in Business Marketing, Public Relations and Event Management.

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Poppy Brown

General Manager, Early Education Inclusion

Poppy Brown is responsible for managing programs which assist the inclusion of children with additional needs into quality education and care services, including children with disabilities and children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and refugee and humanitarian backgrounds. These include the KU Inclusion Support Agencies, National Inclusion Support Subsidy Provider, Northern Sydney Supporting Children with Additional Needs (SCAN) program and Adult Migrant English Program.

Poppy previously worked in project management roles with a variety of public and private sector organisations across Europe, specialising in change management, before joining KU in 2004.

Poppy has a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

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Hayden Hills

Chief Financial Officer

Hayden joined KU as the Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Hayden is a Senior Executive who has achieved a record of successful results across a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors.

Hayden has a record of managing through challenging business situations, including formulating and successfully delivering large multi-disciplined projects, strategy and bottom line results. He is a leader that effectively agrees and sets direction, instigates required change and builds teams to deliver.

Hayden is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary, and fellow of the Governance Institute.


Board of Directors

As a Company Limited by Guarantee, KU is governed by the Board of Directors. All Directors act in a voluntary and unpaid capacity. The Board is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring compliance with all relevant requirements, and for appointing the Chief Executive Officer.

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Laura Hartley

Chair

BA (Hons), LL.B. 
Partner, Addisons Lawyers

• Director since 2012
• Member of Audit and Risk Management Committee
• Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

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Sema Musson

Deputy Chair

B.Bus, M.Mgmt
Head of Partnerships, Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

• Director since 2015
• Chair, KU Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee
• Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

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Gareth Bennett

Board Member

BA (Hons) 1st, GAICD, FCIPD
Managing Director, R&R Consulting Pty Ltd.

• Director since 2014
• Chair, Nomination and Remuneration Committee
• Member of Education Committee

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Elizabeth Hristoforidis

Board Member

BCom (Marketing), LLB, MLM, GAICD
Regulatory Transformation Leader, Australian Securities & Investments Commission

• Director since 2015
• Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
• Member of Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee

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Richard Richards

Board Member

LL.B/B.com (Hons), LL.M, MAppFin.
Chief Financial Officer, Seven Group Holdings

• Director since 2011
• Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
• Member of Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee

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Peter Roberts

Board Member

B.Fin.Admin, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA), GAICD, Graduate Diploma - Securities Institute
Managing Director, PcRoberts Consulting

• Director since 2017
• Member of Audit and Risk Management Committee

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Dr Jennifer Skattebol

Board Member

PhD, B.Ed., Dip Ed (EC).
Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

• Director since 2012
• Member of Education Committee

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Janet Verden

Board Member

B.Com (Marketing), GAICD
Customer Experience Transformation Executive

• Director since 2011 - 2014, 2017
• Member of Education Committee
• Member of Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee

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Dr Christine Woodrow

Board Member

PhD (CQU), M.Ed (Flin) B. Ed (UNISA), DipTch (ECE, Kingston CAE).
Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

• Director since 2010
• Chair, Education Committee