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Our Team

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.

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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.

Our experienced and dedicated team is comprised of staff based at the Playgroup NSW headquarters in Rosehill as well as support and development staff working in the Greater Sydney and regional areas.

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.

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.


Chief Executive Officer

Nadene Lee

Nadene has extensive experience in corporate environments, leading organisational strategy, service development and delivery, digital transformation and marketing. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director for two not-for-profit organisations: Fragile X Association of Australia, a disability support member organisation, and The Right Direction Australia.

As Playgroup NSW Chief Executive Officer, Nadene is responsible for leading the organisation, driving value for members and delivery of the Playgroup NSW strategy. Having attended her local playgroup with her two sons, Nadene has a personal understanding of the benefits for children and parents of attending playgroup.

Nadene is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Business Administration. She was appointed CEO in July 2017.




Leadership Team


Karen van Woudenberg

Manager, Programs & Quality

Karen has extensive experience in child and family program development and management, in government and not-for- profit services with a focus on advocating for the rights of children. She likes to inspire ‘playful thinking’ in communities to help children and their families thrive.  Karen joined the organisation in 2015.



Daniel Muller

Manager, Membership and Corporate Services

Daniel is an experienced provider of IT solutions, process design and corporate services, having managed the operations of corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and Asia. 

He is responsible for managing corporate services, enabling the team to provide excellent support to our members and playgroups. His role encompasses managing and improving our IT infrastructure, HR and finances. Daniel joined us in 2015.


Program Management Team



Maria Bifulco

Coordinator, Peer Support

Maria has worked in the early childhood sector for 15 years, with a special interest in supporting children with disabilities and their families. She is responsible for coordinating MyTime peer support programs for families of children with disabilities and PlayConnect Playgroups for children with autism or like characteristics. These programs support the development of children through play experiences that foster language, communication and social skills, as well as assist families to stay connected with and supported by their community. Maria has been working with Playgroup NSW since 2011. 


Corporate Partnerships & Business Development


Sehr Minhas

Corporate Partnerships/Marketing Specialist

Born and raised in Pakistan, Sehr began her marketing career in advertising. She has a Master’s Degree in Marketing with a major in Brand Management. Since moving to Australia in 2005, Sehr has held marketing positions with several not-for-profit organisations. She manages special events and corporate partnerships for awareness campaigns, playgroup resources and other activities. Sehr joined us in 2012. 


Vacant Positions 

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