President - Kim Martin

I have felt honour and privilege being a Board member for LEAD PDA and LEAD Connect for over two years. Working alongside a strong committed Board, not only in the organisation’s best interests but with a clear focus on the community’s needs.” 

Kim brings with her a plethora of experience and valuable knowledge about the Community Sector. As a Senior Executive for a Not-for-Profit organisation with qualifications in Early Childhood Leadership/Teaching and a background across a diverse range of programs in the Community Services Sector, she holds a strong understanding of child and family development issues. She has valuable experience working with a skills-based not-for-profit Board, as well as demonstrated knowledge of best practices for corporate governance, risk, quality standards, and compliance.

Kim is tertiary-level qualified in both Early Childhood Teaching and Management Communication, and has held multiple senior management positions (Community Services Operations Manager at Connect Child and Family Services, Region Manager of Inclusion Support Agency at SDN Children’s Services, and ECEI Practise Lead and Community Capacity Building Manager at Northcott).

Kim has established a mutually respected relationship with all funding bodies including the Dept of Education (State and Federal), the Dept of Communities and Justice, and the NDIA. She has demonstrated strength in fiscal responsibility, balancing the meeting of financial, quality, and service targets while identifying and developing growth opportunities.

Kim has been a non-active member of the Mt Druitt and District Reconciliation Group since 2008. She has shown a strong commitment to the rights and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families through embedding culture and language in all ECEC services. She also has experience in organising annual events in the Mt Druitt area such as ‘The Apology’ event and ‘The Walk for Reconciliation’ at Dawson Mall, Mt Druitt and ‘Yarning Circles’ at Holy Family Bidwell.

Secretary - Kerry Thomas

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Individual & Family Services industry. Skilled in nonprofit organisations, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, child welfare, and psychotherapy. 

Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Education and Psychology from University of Sydney. Experienced in not-for-profit governance and leadership. Accomplished speaker and trainer.

Treasurer - Terese Williams

Terese has formal qualifications in Accounting, Book-keeping and Training and Assessment and over 40 years working in business administration and financial management, Her expertise ensures the smooth running of services and that financial, legal and employment accountability requirements are all met. She is also a registered BAS agent, MYOB Professional Partner and Justice of the Peace.

Board Member - Amanda Collins

Amanda has worked in the children’s services sector for over 26 years. Amanda has a passion for developing innovative programs that make a difference. Amanda has a track record of strong project management and responsive leadership, delivering projects to meet KPI’s and funding specifications.

Amanda has successfully gained funding from State and Federal Governments to deliver capital works programs, mentoring programs and targeted programs to increase access and participation in Early Childhood education.

Amanda is driven by results based accountability practices that deliver positive outcomes for families and children. Amanda is part of a collective impact initiative that aims to raise community awareness on the importance of early literacy.

Amanda is committed to authentic inclusion and has supported over 50 different Early Childhood services successfully gain funding for a range of targeted programs.