SDN Children’s Services is a not-for-profit organisation that runs children’s education and care centres as well as government-funded programs that support children with disabilities, their families and other service providers. We are registered to provide support and services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Our service delivery is directed through eight geographic communities in NSW and ACT, encompassing 24 children’s education and care centres as well as the programs we run.

SDN’s organisational structure is integrated so that children and their families can benefit from all areas of SDN’s expertise.

Our governance 

SDN Children’s Services is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. Our Board provides strategic leadership and stewardship to ensure we meet our mission and operate according to our values.

SDN Child and Family Services Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary company, which is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Public Benevolent Institution. It is responsible for managing government program contracts and programs funded by donations. The SDN Child and Family Services Board reports to the SDN Children’s Services Board.

All Board members work for SDN in a voluntary capacity, and we thank them for their dedication and commitment.

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SDN Children's Services Board & SDN Child and Family Services Board

SDN's Boards of Directors

SDN's Boards
Angela Donohoe | President | SDN Children's Services Board
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SDN Board President Angela Donohoe

Angela is a Certified Practising Accountant and business executive who has worked in a variety of senior executive roles in financial services and government over her 30 year career. Roles have spanned accounting, technology, general management, risk management and strategy development in organisations including the Bank of New York, Societe General and Cuscal.

Angela is now Chief Information Officer, The BPAY Group. She is a trustee of the Worldwide Orphans Australia Foundation and has held a number of voluntary Committee roles in childcare and education. Angela is a member of the Board’s Executive, Risk and Compliance, Remuneration and Governance committees.

Rosalie Wilkie | Treasurer & Vice President | SDN Children's Services Board and SDN Child and Family Services Board
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SDN Board Treasurer and Vice President Rosalie Wilkie

Rosalie is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has over 20 years of experience. Rosalie specialises in providing audit services and accounting advice to clients.

Rosalie completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Newcastle. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Registered Company Auditor. Rosalie chairs the Board’s Finance Committee, as well as being a member of the Executive and Remuneration Committees.

Rosalie is also on the Board of SDN Child and Family Services.

Barbara Wise | SDN Children's Services Board and SDN Child and Family Services Board
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SDN Board Member Barbara Wise

Barbara has 15 years’ experience in public policy, mainly in education and transport. She has worked for state and federal ministers and in government agencies in policy, planning and operational roles. Barbara is now the NSW Point to Point Transport Commissioner.

Barbara is on the Board of SDN Child and Family Services, and is a member of the Board’s Finance committee.

Cynthia à Beckett | SDN Children's Services Board
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SDN Board Member Cynthia a Beckett

Cynthia is an experienced early childhood teacher and academic, currently a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. Her tertiary qualifications combine degrees in early childhood and sociology culminating in her doctoral thesis entitled Playing in the in-between, new views on the way relations form: implications for early childhood education.

She has presented her work both nationally and internationally. She also served as an executive member of NSW Branch of Early Childhood Australia for ten years.

Cynthia chairs the Board’s Research Ethics Committee, and is a member of the Board’s Risk and Compliance committee.

Darren Mitchell | SDN Children's Services Board and SDN Child and Family Services Board
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SDN Board Member Darren Mitchell

Darren has had a 30 year career in the NSW Public Service, including five years as the Director, Office for Veterans Affairs. Darren was awarded a 2010 Churchill Fellowship to investigate war memorials and sustaining community remembrance. Darren is a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, and runs a commemorations and memorials advisory practice.

Darren served as President from November 2005 to December 2008 and again from November 2014 to December 2016, and chairs the Board’s Executive and Remuneration committees.

Darren is a member of the Finance committee and is also chair of the Board of SDN Child and Family Services.

Frier Bentley | SDN Children's Services Board
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SDN Board Member Frier Bentley

Frier has worked in public affairs for more than 20 years with experience in government and the private and not for profit sectors, across a range of industries and organisations, including AGL, IBM, the NSW and Victorian Governments and The Smith Family. She has held leadership roles across the spectrum of public affairs disciplines, including corporate affairs, marketing and stakeholder engagement.

Frier chairs the Board’s Risk and Compliance committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Glenn Hughes | SDN Children's Services Board
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SDN Board Member Glenn Hughes

Glenn is a Partner at Russells. He has a commerce/law degree from the University of NSW and a Masters of Law and Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Glenn chairs the Board’s Governance committee and is a member of the Finance committee.

Kirsty Albert | SDN Children's Services Board
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SDN Board Member Kirsty Albert

Kirsty continues a long family association with SDN, being the fourth generation to work with the organisation. Kirsty is now Legal Counsel for Bayer Australia Ltd. She has 20 years experience across both law and human resource and organisational development, working across a range of industries in Australia and India. Kirsty is a graduate of the AICD.

She is a member of the Board’s Governance and Risk and Compliance committees.

Theresa Collignon | SDN Children's Services Board and SDN Child and Family Services Board
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SDN Board Member Theresa Collignon

Theresa brings to the board more than 20 years of leadership roles in the not-for-profit education sector in Australia and overseas. Currently CEO of Macquarie Community College, Theresa has worked with TAFE Directors Australia, The Smith Family, AFS Student Exchanges, the Securities Institute, and the Australian Graduate School of Management. She has also worked in consulting and the retail sector.

Theresa has been involved in a range of committees and boards in a voluntary capacity over the years including St Vincent’s College, Little Nicholson St Play Centre, AGSM alumni and the Balmain Public School P&C. Theresa served as President from November 2012 to November 2014 and is currently also on the Board of SDN Child and Family Services.

Ginie Udy | SDN Child and Family Services Board
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SDN CEO Ginie Udy

Ginie has a long standing concern for the educational needs of all children and the wellbeing of their families, having started her career in 1983, as a teacher at Murrawina an Aboriginal long day care centre in Redfern, and being the first teacher in charge of the Lithgow Early Intervention Program in 1985.

She has held national policy and leadership positions within large community service organisations and in 2011 she was one of 14 child and family experts invited to join the national Children and Family Roundtable, chaired by Minister Julie Collins.She has been on the Board of NSW Family Services and is currently the Chair of the Association of Major Community Organisations and of the Institute of Early Childhood Advisory Board at Macquarie University.

Ginie is a passionate advocate for socially cohesive communities that respect and include all children and families. Ginie is CEO of SDN Children's Services and Company Secretary.