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 Directors elected annually by members.

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 2020 – May 2021

Chairperson: Heather Causley

Heather has 25 years leadership and management experience in OOSH services. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, and has held state leadership roles in this national association. Previously Heather was a principal in the NSW Department of Education. She has established and managed OOSH services in three state schools.
Qualifications: M.Ed. (Admin); B.Ed.; Dip Tg; TC.


Vice Chairperson: 
Louise Hatton

Louise is the Coordinator of Children’s Services for the Eurobodalla Shire, managing 3 OOSH centres over the last 12 years. Louise has been in the ECEC sector for 30 years and has worked in all service types- long day care, pre-school, playgroups and family day care.  Louise has also taught in TAFE for 8 years.
Qualifications: B.Ed. (Early Childhood); Adv. Diploma Management; Cert IV TAE

Treasurer: Tina Warner

Tina has 28 years’ experience in OOSH, plus many years’ experience in FDC, LDC and OC. She has 16 years in Community Development, working for local government and community organisations.
Qualifications: Masters Management (MGSM); Dip Tg; Cert IV TAE; Cert QM & QA (BSI).

Secretary: Aleisha Bailey

Aleisha is the Director/ Coordinator at Burraneer Activity Centre (2004-2020). A strong advocate for services, Aleisha is the chairperson of Advocates for Children Inc. and is a member of the Network OOSH Reference Group (ORG), leading the SSONG (OOSH) regional group in the Sutherland Shire. 

Qualifications:  Diploma Children’s Services (School Age Care); Diploma Children’s Services (Early Childhood)

Directors:

Helen Hall
Manager Children’s Services Lismore

Karen Gibson
Children’s Services State Manager, PCYC

Jena Sheather
Director, Thornleigh West OOSH

Peta Winney-Baartz
Assistant Coordinator, New Lambton District OOSH

Chief Executive Officer

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)