The National Board of Directors of Early Childhood Australia consists of:

  • A Director elected by each branch
  • National President
  • Deputy National President


The role of the National Board of Directors is:

  • the governance and long-term planning of the organisation
  • the implementation of the organisation’s strategic plan
  • to ensure that Early Childhood Australia meets its objectives and fulfils its mission to advocate for young children.

Members of the National Board of Directors carry the legal responsibility for governance of the organisation and are required to act in the best interests of the National Organisation.


National President Ms Chris Legg CEO, KU Children’s Services
Deputy National President Mr Ian Alchin Early Childhood Leadership & Management Consultant
General Board Members Ms Maree Bredhauer (NT) Mayor, Litchfield Council
Ms Jane Bourne (QLD) Chief Executive Officer, The Creche & Kindergarten Association Limited
Ms Janet Williams-Smith (VIC) General Manager, Early Childhood at TRY Australia
Ms Kellie Watson (TAS) Education & Care Consultant, Lady Gowrie, Tasmania
Ms Wendy Gorman (WA) Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs
Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia
Dr Marina Papic (NSW) Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education & Arts at Australian Catholic University
Ms Italia Parletta (SA) Senior Lecturer, Children’s Education and Care, TAFE South Australia
Ms Jodie Ledbrook (ACT) Head of Services, SDN Children’s Services
Mr Simon Fewings Manager – Koorie Programs & VCAL Delivery, TAFE Victoria