Who’s Who at Network

Organisational Structure

Network of Community Activities (“Network”) is a not for profit Company Limited by Guarantee and has voluntary Board of Management elected annually by the membership.

Network also has a specialist reference group consisting of service providers and council representatives, that meets bi-monthly to discuss and act on issues related to OOSH services. All of the representatives on this reference group are representing regions and required to report back to their regional groups on issues.

Network currently has a membership of 850 services with over 75% of the OSHC sector being current financial members.

Board of Management 2018/2019

Chairperson: Heather Causley

Vice Chairperson: Louise Hatton

Secretary: Helen Hall

Treasurer: Barbara Clendining

Board Members:
Aleisha Bailey
Leonie Crowe
Beau Wills

Chief Executive Officer (interim)

Pauline O’Kane

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Pauline joined Network of Community Activities in 1993 after migrating to Australia from the UK. She has held a variety of roles within the organisation; Conference Co-ordinator, Trainer, Consultant and her current role as Director of Resource and Support.

Over the past three decades she has been lucky enough to have carried out a diverse range of roles including consultant, manager, and practitioner working with a broad range of government & community based organisations. She has been delegate & board member for a number of national and regional organisation both in Australia & UK and is currently a board member for the Journal of Playwork Practice

She is a passionate advocate for children’s play and discovered this area of work by accident, firstly working in community centres and quickly moving to work on adventure playgrounds in the UK. Her career to date has always involved working with or for children in middle childhood and their time out of school. Pauline is interested in making the OOSH environment the best place for children’s free play to occur.

She has extensive knowledge in Children’s Play, Community sector management, HR, publication development, journal writing. She is a highly skilled facilitator and facilitated numerous workshops. Her unique style of working with community-based committees has resulted in positive organisational change and outcomes.

She holds qualifications in:

  • Masters in Social Ecology,
  • Advance Diploma in Community Sector management
  • Diploma Children’s Services
  • Certificate IV (Workplace Assessment and Training)

 

Opinion Pieces by former CEO Robyn Monro Miller

How to be a Child-Friendly Adult this Festive Season – December 2016 >>

Time to Explore and Discover – December 2015 >>

The Future is So Bright – September 2015 >>

Giving Children a Voice – September 2014 >>

Wild About Nature – June 2014 >>

Is Your Service a Fishbowl – March 2014 >>

Spreading A New Virus – Sept 2012 >>

Play, the Best Gift of All – Dec 2012 >>

Running or Stumbling? In Search Of Inspiration In School Age Care – June 2012 >>

Stepping outside your comfort zone and finding plan C! – March 2012 >>

Reflections on the Adult’s Role in Children’s Play – December 2010 >>

Appreciating Diversity and Difference in Children’s Services …not just in our children!!! – December 2008 >>

Play Deprivation…The Adult Colonisation of Play – September 2008 >>

In Search of a Village – June 2007 >>

Is Technology Toxic for Kids? – March 2007 >>

Reflections on the Lost Intimacy of Childhood >>

Giants in children’s eyes….raising the status of the Children’s Services profession – September 2007 >>

Other Staff

Training Administrator 
Uma Manickam

Coordinator, Membership and Events
Patricia Gooley

Project Officer, Publishing and Design
Michelle Buckland

Project Officer (Casual)
Margaret Redestowicz

Casual Staff
Network also has a pool of specialised casual and contract staff working on specific projects, and assisting with training, assessment and service support.

Meet the Network Training Team

Network has recruited a diverse team or trainers and assessors with current experience working in school age care provision that will help us drive a new and targeted professional development program that is striving for excellence in provision for the OSHC sector. Every member of our team has been chosen for their skills and extensive experience in the sector coupled with their ability to communicate and understand the issues for OSHC educators. All our trainers and assessors have current relevant experience in the OSHC sector. Each trainer has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment supported by a diverse range of qualifications in Education, Arts, OSHC, Community Sector Management and leadership.  Our team is as diverse as the sector is!

It is our pleasure to introduce you to some of the team that will be delivering training, assessment and mentoring over the remainder of the year and into 2018, when we will be rolling out a suite of new courses plus some old favourites…

 Lena Crasti

Lena started her career working in OSHC, moving into Inclusion Support and later Program Development, then into the Community Services sector. Over the last ten years Lena has worked as a Program Manager for Barnardos Australia and in a variety of case management roles most recently in Out of Home of Care supporting young people with complex trauma backgrounds. Lena has been a casual trainer with Network for 12 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Gratton

Having worked in OOSH for over 25 years, Jenny leads a large inner west service providing wonderful play opportunities for children.  She has extensive experience in management of services.

Jenny is a passionate advocate for children and a critical reflector. She often contributes to Network News with articles from the sector which have inspired  educators. She specialises in the delivery of accredited child protection training.

 

 

 

 

Emily Hamilton

Emily is a Service co-ordinator in the inner west of Sydney with a large service ranked as ‘Exceeding’ under the NQF. Emily has been working in the OSHC sector for 13 years and also works as an Ethics Co-ordinator in her local school. Emily was a validator with NCAC and has a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Children’s Services (OSHC). She has a particular interest in service management and children’s behaviour

 

 

 

 

 

Carlie Henderson

Carlie has worked in the OOSH sector for 20 years and is currently the manager of a large inner Sydney before and aftercare centre. Prior to OOSH she worked in youth work and community development. Carlie is passionate about ensuring a child has access to a variety of enjoyable experiences in OOSH, thus allowing families to always feel comfortable and supported in their need to access school age care. Guiding behaviours and ensuring exciting programs for older children in OOSH are Carlie’s interests. She also feels strongly about an investment in Educators to share knowledge and interests whilst also working together in learning with children.

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Hall

Lorraine has worked in childcare for 22 years, with the last 19 years being in the Out Of School Hours Care Sector. As the co-ordinator of a Community based service in Western Sydney she has a wealth of experience in working with children and families and leading teams and has herself been a regular attendee at professional development and conferences. Most recently Lorraine has been supporting students in Network’s qualifications pathway.

 

 

 

 

Melanie Hunt

Melanie has worked in the OSHC sector for 15 years, as an Educator, Coordinator, and Nominated Supervisor at on the NSW South Coast.  A skilled educator, Melanie received a Gold OOSHCA award for Professional Achievement in the Outside Hours Sector in 2011.   She has been involved in the Network Mentoring program and strives to support all services and Educators where required.  Melanie is also an active member of the OOSH Reference group for Network members and represents the Illawarra and South Coast. The service she currently manages received an  “Exceeding” rating in the NQF.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Webster

Jennifer has a background in primary education.

She has been working in the OSHC sector for over 20 years running a service as well as delivering training for TAFE and Network.

Her service recently received an “Exceeding” rating in the NQF and the service prides itself on challenging and risky play.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Wade

Rebecca has been working with Network for 15 years and 26 years in the OSHC sector as a Co-ordinator.

Rebecca has been a mentor in her local area and freely shared her skills and experience in a practical hand on way with many educators.

Rebecca has been supporting students undertaking their workplace assessment and guiding them through their professional development journey.

 

 

 

Samantha Williamson

Samantha has been involved in the OOSH industry for over 20 years working and advocating for middle childhood, as she is passionate about children’s learning and development during this age. “Sam” as we call her, has qualifications in children’s services, business governance, work health safety as well as training and workplace assessment.  She is currently studying her Forest School Level 3 Leader training.  Sam co-ordinates a large OOSH service that has achieved an “Excellence” rating. She loves the balance of  being  a workplace assessor and a trainer at Network with being with the children, families and educators on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

Pauline O’Kane (bio above)