Our team is made up of qualified and skilled people who are passionate about early childhood development, supporting families and building communities. Our leadership, management, operational and program teams are highly experienced and driven by the values of respect, integrity and openness.
At Playgroup NSW our people are at the heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on our inclusive and engaged organisational culture. We value work-life balance, are family-friendly, flexible and inclusive, which makes us an employer of choice.
Chief Executive Officer
Karen has been a strong advocate and campaigner for the rights and wellbeing of children for more than 20 years.
Prior to joining Playgroup NSW as CEO in May 2014, Karen led research and policy at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Before that, she led advocacy, policy, research and service development initiatives at UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families as Director - Social Justice.
She is currently President of the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and has served on the board since 2009. In 2013, Karen was selected as the first recipient of the McCarthy Mentoring Scholarship for Not for Profit Executives.
Selected as a 2016 Not for Profit fellow by the Harvard Club of Australia, Karen completed “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” course at the renowned Harvard Business School in Boston.
Karen is passionate about the role of playgroup in making a real difference for children, families and communities. Local, state and national print, radio and TV news and current affairs programs have interviewed her extensively. Karen is also recognised for her commitment and work with relevant stakeholders to further the cause of children’s rights in Australia and internationally.
Our Extended Team
Our experienced and dedicated team is comprised of staff based at the Playgroup NSW headquarters in Rosehill, and our local community development and playgroup support staff located across NSW.
Supporting current and prospective Playgroup NSW members to help them establish and manage community or supported playgroups is the major focus for the majority of our team. This includes providing information and guidance to playgroups, facilitating our supported playgroup sessions and promoting early childhood development with families and professionals.
Our focus and leadership is built around quality service delivery and sees our staffing resources focused firmly on playgroup development, excellence in service delivery, member support and engagement, and continuing our business and digital transformation.
Our organisation is structured into four key areas:
- Corporate Services
- Programs and Quality
- Communication and Marketing
- Business Development
Playgroup NSW also relies on the generosity and passion of our wonderful volunteers. Our community playgroups are run by volunteer committees who dedicate their time to ensure their local playgroup thrives.
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