John Hutchison, Operations / Technical Specialist
28 years of experience in the childcare industry
John brings his experience, childcare management exposure, marketing & strategy skills, & digital knowledge to his Early Learning Management role. John’s experience spans the broader childcare sector & brings a balanced approach with a strong strategic capability & thought leadership to the team. John has specialised experience in childcare restructures, mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning, equity raisings & initial public offerings (IPO).
Rebecca Hutchison, Finance Manager / Director
Over 10 years of experience in bookkeeping & accounting.
Rebecca Hutchison is Finance Manager at Early Learning Management with 10+ years experience in bookkeeping & accounting in the childcare industry. Rebecca was instrumental in reducing budgets through strategic plan development & implementation for an ASX listed company. As a Finance Specialist, Rebecca is in control of budgets, financial reporting & overall expenditures. She holds a Certificate IV in both Accounting & Bookkeeping from the Australian Institute of Financial Services & Accounting. Bec is also a registered BAS Agent.
Naomi Freney, Office Manager / Personal Assistant
Administrative support to head office & coordinates/provides support for all professional staff.
Naomi functions effectively in a variety of roles within a dynamic environment. Naomi has a strong understanding of the childcare industry & is active in supporting a small office & clients across Australia.
Cait Warren, Operations Manager
Children’s rights advocate & leader in the early childhood sector who is passionate about children’s engagement in learning.
A committed, innovative leader, who coaches & mentors educators to practice in a way that engages children in learning by using change management strategies to achieve continuous quality improvement in a user-friendly, logical & detailed manner.
Within Education Cait specialises in Early Childhood & Primary Years; with expertise in Teaching, Management & Consultant/Advisory positions including initial grassroots work collaborating on the transformation of the Preschool Framework & curriculum for Education Queensland into the new Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), & the Queensland Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines (QKCG).
Jenna Dawes, Senior Bookkeeper
Jenna has over 9 years’ experience in financial-based roles & 5.5 years’ experience in an office managerial role which have included all the aspects which you require for the role. Jenna has a Certificate 4 in Financial Services as well as a Certificate 3 in Business Administration. Within all the roles Jenna has worked; she has gained excellent skills & knowledge across a wide breadth of accounting principles.
Sandi Fern, Senior Operations Manager
Over 21 years of experience working & delivering positive commercial outcomes across the Early Childhood Industry.
Sandi joined the Early Learning Management team in July 2010 bringing vast experience to the Operations Team. Sandi has overseen service operations in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Territory & the Australian Capital Territory. Aligning her knowledge from the private & corporate sectors, Sandi has implemented strategies to enhance overall business structures in various services to ensure quality practices are maintained & the business is commercially successful. Sandi has extensive experience in multi-site management & possesses a strong business acumen.
Sandi provides effective leadership & management guidance, support to staff & the key stakeholders.
Leanne Matthews, Finance Officer/ Payroll
Over 11 years of experience in bookkeeping & 25 years experience in payroll.
Leanne Matthews is Finance Officer / Payroll for Early Learning Management with 11+ years of bookkeeping & 25+ years of payroll experience. Leanne manages financial reporting, accounts payable & receivables including reconciliation of bank accounts, client payrolls & BAS / IAS preparation. In addition to holding a Certificate IV in Financial Services from the Australian Institute of Financial Services & Accounting, Leanne is also a registered BAS Agent.
Leanne drives continuous improvements, identifying opportunities to consolidate, automate & gain process efficiencies for the team & key stakeholders.
Leonie Shears, Operations Manager
Over 20 years of experience in the Early Education & Care Industry.
Leonie Shears joined Early Learning Management in September 2018 & has been involved with privately owned services & corporate companies. Leonie has worked in the Early Education & Care industry for over 20 years. Starting out as an Assistant Float & working in all positions within a service environment has provided Leonie with an underst&ing of the importance of building strong, positive staff cultures as the basis for a competitive & successful business.
Leonie provides ongoing support, mentoring, administration & business management & guidance to ensure that services are continually evolving in line with industry standards.