Our People

The Front Project Board & Staff are committed to helping Australian business and community leaders realise the value in quality early childhood education, determined to see a new focus placed on 21st Century skills in the early years to guarantee Australia’s readiness for the workforce of the future.

Lisa Chung


Lisa is a professional non-executive director of a variety of commercial and for purpose boards, spanning a wide range of sectors. She was previously the Chairman of The Benevolent Society, Australia’s oldest charity.

Michael Traill, AM


Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia for 12 years from 2002 to 2014 and currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles, including Chair of Goodstart Early Learning.

Nicola Hepenstall

Director & Company Secretary

Nicola is a highly skilled marketing strategist with extensive experience in C-suite leadership roles, holding Executive Director and non-Executive Director positions spanning marketing, research, education and member organisations.

Michael Abbott


Michael has worked for Woodside Energy since 2005 and holds a variety of roles including Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer, head of the Procurement Legal Team and Vice President Legal and General Counsel.

Naseema Sparks, AM


Naseema is an experienced top-line growth director with a strong track record in strategy, marketing, digital channels and branding, and is committed to driving a strong and positive culture in businesses she works with.

Wendy McCarthy, AO


Wendy is an experienced manager and director who began her career as a secondary school teacher. Since moving out of the classroom in 1968, she has worked for change across the public, private and community sectors.

Jane Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Jane is passionate about children’s education, health and development and is committed to helping our Australian business and community leaders place a new value on children in the early years.

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.

Rowena O’Neill

Systems Change and Leadership Manager

Rowena is the project lead for The Front Project’s Systems Leadership Project, a sector-led collaboration exploring the systems that affect early childhood education.

Ashleigh Bouvet

Communications and Business Relations Manager

Ashleigh manages The Front Project’s growing business leader network, communications and advocacy. She is has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and policy design and implementation.