Board

The members of the CAECE board are highly experienced professionals with extensive experience in education, training, early childhood education and business.
Debra North

 

Debra North (Company Secretary)

Debra has been involved in the childcare industry since 2000 and has been a member of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland since 2003. She is the licensee of long day care services on the Northern Gold Coast and has also been the Approved Provider of individual centres in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

 

Debra is a registered teacher and has a very ‘ hands on ’ role in her centres, which gives her a unique perspective on how the industry works. Debra has a personal understanding of how the many changes currently facing the long day care industry are impacting on businesses and the sustainability of the sector.

 

Gwynn Bridge AM

Gwynn is a committee member of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland. In her previous role as Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland CEO and Australian Childcare Alliance President, she presented the plight of licensees, families, children, staff and the community to government and opposition members to ensure that we have an affordable, robust and sustainable childcare sector into the future.

 

Gwynn has been a “hands on” Approved Provider since 1987 and her passion is to ensure that educators, families and providers are supported to provide outcomes for children to guarantee that they receive the highest possible education and care opportunities during their early years.

 

Gwynn is licensee of five early learning services, four in Queensland and one in Canberra.

 

Rosa McDonald

Rosa has a comprehensive spectrum of management, marketing, and educational experience.

 

Since 2005, her teaching experience included primary, high school and early childhood. She has been the Approved Provider of Children’s Choice Early Education Centre from 2009 with a hands-on approach and experience in all roles and facets of the service.

 

Rosa's academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Management), Graduate Diploma in Communication Practice, Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and various professional developments.

 

Rosa is passionate about providing quality early childhood education and care and has immersed herself into the leadership and functions of her service, to improve the quality and performance.

 

Rosa is a member of the ACA Qld Management Committee.

 

Majella Fitzsimmons

Majella is the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland President. She has experience in every role within the early childhood field, from assistant to management to Approved Provider and has been an Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland member since 2004.

 

She is very active in the long day care industry, and is a part of Queensland Children’s Services Alliance (QCSA) and is a very active member of several committees in the Townsville region. Majella is an Approved Provider services in Queensland. She is very passionate about rights for the early childhood education and care sector.

 

Judith Atkinson

 

Judith is the CEO of three companies, Child Care Services Australia, Child Care Services SA and Child Care Services Training Australia. She has served as Vice President of the ACA National Executive Committee for four years. She has also served as an Executive Member of ACA SA (formerly Childcare SA) since 1984, and during this period she has also held the role of President and Vice President.

 

Judith has been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils as well as Board Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years.

 

She was awarded Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Business Owner in 1998 and recipient of a Centenary Award for services to the Community – Children's Services awarded by the Governor General.

 

Judith has been a teacher with the Education Department and is now focussing on early childhood education and care through her own businesses. Her businesses are responsible for the operation of four long day care centres (two rural and two metropolitan), and an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service as well as a registered training organisation.

 

Judith holds a Diploma of Business in Project Management and Human Resource Management, along with a Diploma in Teaching (Junior Primary).