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    Our board

    Goodstart is committed to best practice corporate governance and processes that will enhance Goodstart’s effectiveness and ensure the appropriate degree of accountability and transparency to stakeholders.

    Goodstart’s Board ensures the organisation’s behaviour is consistent with it’s VisionPurpose and Strategic Priorities. The Board of Goodstart has ultimate responsibility to the Member organisations for the strategy and performance of the company in general. The Board is dedicated to fulfilling these duties in a lawful and professional manner, and with the utmost integrity and objectivity.
    Goodstart Board of Directors
    Michael Traill AM
    BA (Hons); MBA
    Non-executive Chair
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Chair, Remuneration and Nominations Committee

    Appointed 13 October 2009

    Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014.  Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment.

    Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services and the National Museum of Australia.
    In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.
    Greg Hutchinson AM
    BA (Hons); MSc
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee

    Appointed 28 May 2010

    Greg is an Advisory Partner and former Partner/Director at consultancy firm Bain & Company. He has 30 years’ experience leading major strategic and operational change programs for global corporations in Asia, Europe and North America.
    Greg also became the founding Chief Executive of The Australian Charities Fund in 2000, building workplace giving in private and public sector employers. He transitioned to Deputy Chair in 2005. He is also a Director of Women’s Community Shelters, Centre for Social Impact and Bell Shakespeare.
    In 2014 Greg was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community, business and social enterprise.
    Rob Koczkar
    B Eng (Hons)
    Non-executive Director
    Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

    Appointed 28 May 2010

    Rob Koczkar joined SVA as CEO in October 2014. He has extensive experience in investing and management consulting, along with a deep understanding of the social purpose sector.
    Prior to joining SVA Rob was a Managing Director of Pacific Equity Partners from 2004-2014, and a Principal with Texas Pacific Group. He led investments in a number of companies including Energy Developments, Spotless, and Collins Foods. Rob also spent seven years with Bain & Company, advising clients on issues relating to strategy, mergers, and operating improvements in a wide range of industries.
    He currently serves on the boards of Social Ventures Australia, and Spotless Group Holdings Limited. He has previously served as the Chairman of Energy Developments Limited.
    Wendy McCarthy AO
    BA; Dip Ed; MAICD
    Non-executive Director
    Chair, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee

    Appointed 21 September 2010

    Wendy has been a teacher, educator and change agent in Australian public life for over four decades and has held significant leadership positions nationally and internationally in broadcasting, health and education.
    In 2005, she was nominated by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals. Currently she is the Chair of Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents, headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation and the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund, as well as Non-executive Director of Bentham IMF. In 1989, Wendy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women’s affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations. In 1996, the University of South Australia awarded her an honorary doctorate, and in 2003, she was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal for business leadership. Wendy is the author of seven books.
    Lynne Wannan AM
    BA; Dip Ed; GAICD
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee

    Appointed 21 September 2010

    Lynne is Director of the Office for the Community Sector, Department of Human Services, Victoria. She has a background as a policy analyst and manager who has worked as a consultant and community leader and has been an adviser to government at local, state and national levels for almost 25 years. Lynne has worked in state and local government and in the not-for-profit community sector. Previously, Lynne served as Chair of the Victorian Government’s Children’s Council, Adult Community and Further Education Board and the Community Support Fund Advisory Council and has been a member of the Victorian Skills Commission.
    Lynne also held the position of Deputy Chancellor Victoria University of Technology, Convenor of the National Association of Community Based Children’s Services and Chair of Community Child Care Victoria, and is currently the Deputy Chair of Western Chances. Lynne has been inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA – Victoria). She was recognised with an Australia Day award in 2007 for her leadership in community services and education and is listed on the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.
    Andrea Staines
    B Econ; MBA
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee

    Appointed 23 March 2011

    Andrea Staines is a professional Non-executive Director and company advisor. She is currently a Director of QIC, SeaLink Travel Group and UnitingCare QLD. She also advises small and medium-sized companies on implementing board governance, strategic planning, and risk management. She is a former CEO of Australian Airlines, a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, which she co-launched in 2002. At this time, she was also a member of the Qantas 12-person Executive Committee. Prior to Qantas, Andrea worked in various financial roles with American Airlines at its Dallas headquarters. Andrea is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of CEW (Chief Executive Women) and an occasional MBA Guest Lecturer and CEO Mentor. She has an MBA majoring in Finance from the University of Michigan in the USA, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

    Julia Davison
    BSc (Hons); MPA; MAICD
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

    Appointed 29 June 2011

    Prior to joining Goodstart as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2011, Julia had extensive senior management experience in the human services sector in Australia and the UK.
    Between 1999 and 2004 she was CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide. From 2004 to 2010 Julia was CEO of WorkCover SA, a statutory authority which manages the South Australian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme, extending protection to 430,000 employees in SA.
    Julia is on the Board of Cape York Girl Academy and has held a number of non-executive roles including Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit working to solve women’s homelessness, Director of Territory Insurance Office, NT and Director of Business SA.
    Lynelle Briggs AO
    BEc (Sydney), GAICD
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee

    Appointed 15 December 2015

    Lynelle is the Chairperson of NSW’s Planning Assessment Commission. She is also a Councillor with the Royal Australian College of General Practice, an Independent Director with Maritime Super, and Independent Chairperson of the General Insurance Code Governance Committee.
    Lynelle is a former Public Service Commissioner and former chief executive of Medicare Australia. She has extensive experience in the Australian Public Service, working in a wide range of fields, including social security, health and community services, transport, external territories, employment and labour market support and veterans’ affairs.
    Lynelle became an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to public administration, particularly through leadership in the development of public service performance and professionalism.
    June McLoughlin
    B.Ed, M.Ed, Dip.MR, Dip.T (Early Ch)
    Non-executive Director 
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee

    Appointed 15 December 2015

    June currently holds positions as Director Early Years and Community engagement Colman Foundation, Associate Principal Consultant Early Childhood at the Parenting Research Centre; and Director of Family and Children’s Services at Doveton College.
    June has extensive experience in both policy and service development, research and practice in the early childhood, family support and children’s services fields, which has given her a broad and deep understanding of issues relevant to the needs of parents and their children. June has managed many state and national projects designed to refocus early years services to provide more integrated support for families with young children with a particular interest in vulnerable children.