The Front Project is an independent national enterprise with strong governance and a board who are bold champions for children.

CEO and Board

Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt

(She/Her)

CEO

As Founding CEO of The Front Project, Jane is passionate about children’s education, health and development. She combines her expertise in systems change with a deep knowledge of how nurturing our children during their earliest years has beneficial social and economic outcomes for all Australians. Jane’s commitment to seeing all children fulfill their potential drives business and community leaders to help execute this vision.

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Lisa Chung AM

Lisa Chung AM

Chair

Lisa is an experienced Non-Executive Director, and sits on the Boards of various commercial and for-purpose organisations, spanning a wide range of sectors. She was previously Chair of Australia’s oldest charity, The Benevolent Society.

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Wendy McCarthy, AO

Wendy McCarthy, AO

Board Advisor

Wendy is an experienced manager and company director who began her career as a secondary school teacher. Since moving into public life she has been working for change across the public, private and community sectors, in education, family planning, human rights, public health, overseas aid and development, conservation, heritage, and media.

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Nicola Hepenstall

Nicola Hepenstall

Director

Nicola is a highly experienced C-suite leader holding executive director and non-executive director positions spanning education, corporate, government authorities and member organisations. 

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Simon Kent

Simon Kent

Director

Simon Kent has extensive experience in leadership, strategy and social reform with expertise across a range of policy areas including health, human services, justice and the entire education continuum.

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Verity Firth

Verity Firth

Director

Verity has more than twenty years of experience working at the highest levels of government, and the university and not-for-profit sectors in Australia. Previously Minister for Education and Training in NSW, Verity was heavily focussed on equity in education, and how to best address educational disadvantage amongst low socio-economic groups, including rural and remote Indigenous communities.

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Anne Kennedy Ed D

Anne Kennedy Ed D

Director

Anne Kennedy is a highly respected and experienced consultant in early childhood education. Her consultancy work follows extensive experience as an early childhood teacher and academic working in teacher education programs in Australia, Sweden, Singapore and the USA.

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Team

Varuni Murugadasan

Varuni Murugadasan

Policy and Government Relations Manager

As the Policy and Government Relations Manager, Varuni ensures that policy development led by The Front Project is independent, of high-quality and has impact with Government.

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Christine Semerdjian

Christine Semerdjian

(She/Her)

Policy and Project Officer

As Policy and Project Officer, Christine supports the policy, research, and government relations work of The Front Project.

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Rachael Wilken

Rachael Wilken

(She/Her)

Manager, the Apiary Fellowship

Rachael has more than 10 years’ experience in the child and youth sector, working with leadership teams, implementing project and quality processes, managing collaborative initiatives with stakeholders and colleagues.

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Sally Trudgen

Sally Trudgen

(She/Her)

Future Tracks Program Director

Sally combines a background in educational psychology and teaching practice with expertise in the often-complex workings of the Higher Education space.

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Raffi Jones

Raffi Jones

(She/Her)

Future Tracks Program Manager

Raffi joins Future Tracks after over 4 years as a Program Coordinator at youth mentoring organisation, Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia (BBBSA). At BBBSA, Raffi supported the delivery of 1:1 face to face, wellbeing, online and career based mentoring programs for young people, as well as mentor training and program development.

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Youna Kim

Youna Kim

(She/Her)

Future Tracks Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager for the Future Tracks program, Youna is committed to breaking cycles of structural and systemic barriers and striving for social equality through a strong focus on preventative measures. 

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Ashlea Hogg

Ashlea Hogg

(She/Her)

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Ashlea is an experienced communications professional with a specialisation in e-marketing and CRM programs. As the Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Ashlea helps to develop the Front Project’s marketing goals and drive transformative change to the early childhood education and care sector. 

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Jane Atkin

Jane Atkin

(She/Her)

Future Tracks Online Community Manager, Workforce Initiatives

Jane is creating positive change in early childhood education by supporting practitioners to create an online community of practice where peers can inspire, learn and grow together.

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Thuy Nguyen

Thuy Nguyen

Future Tracks Program Manager,
Upskill Personal Program

Thuy has over 10 years experience in philanthropy and community development, working in private, public and education sectors in Australia and the U.S.

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Julia Johnston

Julia Johnston

(She/Her)

Strategic Communications Manager

Julia’s expertise is in communicating to influence policy and drive social and cultural change.

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Richard Patterson

Richard Patterson

(He/Him)

Publishing & Creative Advocacy

Richard has over 10 years’ experience in communications and publishing, primarily within the not-for-profit and public service sectors in both Australia and New Zealand.

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Charlotte (Charli) English

Charlotte (Charli) English

(She/Her)

Communications and Advocacy Coordinator

As the Communications and Advocacy Coordinator, Charli supports the delivery of the Front Project's communications strategy, stakeholder engagement activities, media presence and campaigns. 

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Lizzie Arthur

Lizzie Arthur

(She/Her)

Practice Manager

Lizzie’s expertise is in operational management, program advisory and policy development.

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Lalaine Zervos

Lalaine Zervos

(She/Her)

EA/Office Manager

Lalaine is an experienced high-level administrator working under the CEOs of The Front Project and Future Tracks.

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