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 ACA Qld 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.

 

Jae Fraser

Jae has been in the early learning and education industry for 20 years. Jae is a university qualified early childhood educator. Additional academic credentials include a Bachelor of Education, Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood Education and several business management qualifications spanning across the many spectrums of the child care and education industry. To complement these achievements, Jae has worked in all sectors of the early childhood industry from a teacher through to service management and operations senior management positions in Australia and Singapore.

 

Jae has also been an active committee member of ACA Qld for 10 years.

 

Jae is passionate about teaching and guiding directors and managers to manage a healthy business while ensuring that the highest quality of care and education is being provided.

 

Jae founded Little Scholars School of Early Learning.

 

Louise Thomas

Louise has more than 25 years of experience in early childhood. She is a passionate early childhood advocate and thrives on supporting and guiding co-workers in the industry.

 

Louise has held various positions in the industry from a centre assistant, group leader, childcare director to that of an Operations Manager for three large national corporate childcare companies; Hutchison's Childcare Services, Peppercorn Management Group and Sunkids. She has also held positions as a registered training organisation supervisor for one of Australia's largest childcare companies as well as worked in the community sector.

 

Louise has also worked very closely with service owners to support and manage their businesses, from building a service to running all facets of the operational requirements.

 

Louise is a committee member of ACA Qld.

 

Majella Fitzsimmons

Majella is the ACA Qld President. She has experience in every role within the early childhood field, from assistant to management to Approved Provider and has been an ACA Qld 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. 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).