The members of the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland 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 a long day care centre on the Northern Gold Coast and has also been the licensee 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

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


Kerrie Lada


Kerrie Lada

Kerrie has worked in the long day care industry since the 1980s and has owned her own centre since 1999. Kerri is a committee member of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland.


She is passionate about providing excellent early learning and care. Kerrie also values working with her community to ensure that families and other community members remain knowledgeable about the change from care to early learning and the wonderful work that our educators perform every day.



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 a Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland member since 2004.


She is very active within 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 also represents the 14 Village Kids Children’s Centres, which span across Queensland. She is very passionate about rights for the early childhood education and care sector.


Judy Thomson


Judy Thomson

Judy has made a significant contribution to vocational education and training in Queensland, initially as a teacher and then in numerous senior management roles. Her experience includes roles in resource management, quality and strategy at various public providers in Queensland.


She has various tertiary qualifications in education and training, and considerable experience in the vocational education sector. Judy now works with Registered Training Organisations and Industry as a vocational education and training consultant to gain registration and improve overall training performance