Our Board

Lee Cath – President

Lee has qualifications in Law, Arts and Social Work and a professional background working in the not-for-profit sector including working for Australian Red Cross in international humanitarian law. The focus of much of her work –including her practice as a social worker – has been on children, young people and families. Lee’s most recent experience is working in community health in training, program development and volunteer management. Lee has three young children and enjoys being actively involved in her local kindergarten committee.

Joanne Geurts  – Vice President

Currently Acting President

Jo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Eureka Community Kindergarten Association Inc. (ECKA). With a background in retail and business management, Jo has spent the past 21 years directly involved with kindergarten management and is passionate about access to high quality early education and care for all
children. She is actively involved in many groups providing advocacy and advice around service provision within the sector.

Krishnan Rangaswamy – Treasurer

Krishnan Rangaswamy is a risk management professional with over 25 years of experience. Currently the Executive Director Transformation at the ANZ Banking Corporation, Krishan is passionate about sharing his extensive financial experience with not-for-profit organisations. Krishnan has been an expert member on the ELAA Finance Committee for the past two years, assisting with the review of the financial systems and investments, and developing the investment policy.

Carlene Wilson – Secretary

Carlene is currently Director, Policy and Government Relations at The University of Melbourne. Previously she worked in senior policy and government relations roles at BHP Billiton and ANZ.

She holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees. Her business management was strengthened through the completion of an MBA. A Harkness Fellowship enabled Carlene to complete a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the Harvard School of Government, where she developed her expertise in public policy leadership and government relations.

Carlene has previously pursued her passion for public policy working as an advisor to ministers in NSW government in the areas of health, education, training and youth affairs.

Karl Blake

Karl Blake (Partner, Minter Ellison) is a leading practitioner in the area of industrial relations and employment law, assisting clients with all workplace matters including industrial relations disputes, enterprise bargaining, employment litigation, contract and policy documentation, discrimination and work health and safety. He is a graduate of Melbourne University, a member of the Australian Labour Lawyers Association, the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, and the Law Institute of Victoria, and recently completed further leadership training at Harvard Business School.

Jacinta Barnes

Jacinta’s working life has focused on working with young children and families –teaching, consulting and managing services. A long-time ELAA member and member of the ELAA Industrial Relations Reference Group, Jacinta was elected to the ELAA Board in October 2015. She was formerly a Victorian State Manager for KU Children’s Services and is currently Senior Coordinator –Children and Family Services with the City of Boroondara.

Stacey Fox

Stacey is the Manager of Strategy and Translation at Our Place, an organisation that supports place-based initiatives in Victorian schools.  She  has worked in research and policy across child, youth and family sectors for a number of years and has authored significant reports on early childhood policy, family engagement in learning, prevention and early intervention, and systems design. Most recently, she co-authored, with Myra Geddes, Two Years are Better than One, a substantial policy paper on the need for an additional year of preschool for Australian children. Stacey is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University.

Sue West

Elected to the ELAA Board in October 2015, Sue is an Associate Director of the Centre for Community Child Health and a Group Leader of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Sue leads a national program of work including initiatives concerned with early childhood policy, translation of research into practice, workforce development, service improvement and evaluation. Her group includes the award winning Raising Children Network in partnership with the Parenting Research Centre.

Kate Fischer

Kate is a lawyer and Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative at The University of Melbourne Law School. She joined the ELAA Board in 2014 bringing both her strong legal background and over ten years’ experience developing and delivering governance training programs for not-for-profit organisations through her long association with JusticeConnect.

Tim Winkler

Tim Winkler has worked in marketing, strategy development and communications roles for more than 20 years, with a particular focus on the higher education sector. Tim founded Twig Marketing in 2010, and became a Director of Australia’s first Indigenous executive recruitment firm, Pipeline Recruitment in 2016. He is the proud father of three and is learning to make gelato in his spare time.