CEO and Board

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

Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt

CEO

As the Founding CEO of The Front Project, 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.

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Lisa Chung

Lisa Chung

Chair

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 Chair of The Benevolent Society, Australia’s oldest charity.

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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 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.

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Naseema Sparks, AM

Naseema Sparks, AM

Director

Naseema is an experienced top-line growth director with a strong track record in strategy, marketing, digital channels and branding. A creative thinker, she brings an alternative perspective to The Front Project, and is an expert in business strategy, marketing, brand management, data, mobile payments platforms, financial services and media, including social and technology 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 Firth has over twenty years’ experience at the highest levels of government, university and not for profit sectors in Australia. Ms Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice at the University of Technology Sydney. Previously the Minister for Education in NSW, she now leads the university’s Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, spearheading UTS’s Social Impact Framework, a first of its kind in the Australian university sector.

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Anne Kennedy Ed D

Anne Kennedy Ed D

Director

Anne Kennedy is a leading and highly respected 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. Anne is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne, Graduate School of Education.

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