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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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 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

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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Sarah Pilcher

Sarah Pilcher

Manager Research and Evaluation

Sarah brings a depth of research and public policy experience to the Front Project, having worked across policy, research and advocacy in both the government and not-for profit sectors.

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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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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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Sally Trudgen

Sally Trudgen

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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Anita Weber

Anita Weber

Future Tracks Program Manager – Engagement

Starting her career in the corporate sector, Anita moved to the for-purpose sector and has enjoyed working for organisations with a focus on education, youth transitions and health and wellbeing.

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Raffi Jones

Raffi Jones

Future Tracks Program Coordinator

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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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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Richard Patterson

Richard Patterson

Communications Project Officer

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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Lizzie Arthur

Lizzie Arthur

Practice Manager

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

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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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