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

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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Naseema Sparks, AM

Naseema Sparks, AM

Director

Naseema is an experienced growth director with a strong track record in business strategy, marketing, media, digital channels, branding, data and financial services. 

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Simon Kent

Simon Kent

Director

Simon Kent is a Public Policy Fellow in the Chancellery at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this Simon was a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Department of Education and Training for six years with responsibility variously for policy, strategy, performance, evaluation, planning, and delivery, across all education, training and developmental life stages.

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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 is recognised as a leading and highly-respected consultant in early childhood education, with a practical wisdom combined with deep theoretical and research-informed knowledge. 

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Team

Dr Stacey Fox

Dr Stacey Fox

Research manager

Stacey commissions, synthesises and translates research to support The Front Project’s campaigns to improve the learning and wellbeing of Australian children. She has nearly a decade of experience applying research to policy and practice to improve outcomes for children.

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Raehanna Reed

Raehanna Reed

Research & Policy Officer

As a Research and Policy Officer, Raehanna supports The Front Project team in monitoring, assessing and responding to an evolving early childhood education policy landscape.

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Geoff Sharp

Geoff Sharp

Manager, System Change and Leadership

Previous to the Front Project Geoff consulted independently with the Not for Profit sector and as an associate with Collaboration for Impact, Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to respond to complexity and create impact through effective collaboration and systemic approaches.

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Rachael Wilken

Rachael Wilken

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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Julia Johnston

Julia Johnston

Strategic Communications Manager

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

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Emma O’Donoghue

Emma O’Donoghue

Communications and Digital Media Coordinator

Coming from a background in advertising, Emma has experience planning, buying, and account management for a broad range of clients across multiple industries.

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Lalaine Zervos

Lalaine Zervos

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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