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

Trina Hinkley (PhD)

Trina Hinkley (PhD)

(She/Her)

Manager, Evidence and Evaluation

Trina Hinkley has more than 17 years’ experience in research, evaluation and knowledge translation, focused on the early childhood period.

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Sarah Ireland

Sarah Ireland

(She/Her)

Manager, Policy and Government Relations

Sarah Ireland has over 13 years of experience in humanitarian outreach, international aid and the development sector.

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Mel Hill

Mel Hill

(She/Her)

Project Lead

Mel is a passionate and driven professional with more than 30 years of experience in frontline and senior leadership roles within the early childhood, disability and community services sectors.

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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)

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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Ashlea Hogg

Ashlea Hogg

(She/Her)

Acting Strategic Communications Manager

Ashlea is an experienced communications professional with a specialisation in e-marketing and CRM programs. As the Acting Strategic Communications Manager, 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)

Online Community Manager

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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Charlotte (Charli) English

Charlotte (Charli) English

(She/Her)

Program Manager

As the Program Manager for the Upskill Provider Tier, Charli support students realise their potential to become ECT's and drive systemic change to the ECEC workforce.

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Rajdeep Singh Puri

Rajdeep Singh Puri

(He/Him)

Digital Communications Officer

As the Digital Communications Officer, Raj will deliver a broad range of communications activities aimed at building awareness of and engagement with the Front Project’s work. It involves collaborating with all TFP teams and some external stakeholders and service providers.

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Bronte Rowe

Bronte Rowe

(She/Her)

Communications and Advocacy Coordinator

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

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