SDN Children’s Services is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. The 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 Children’s Services Board receives regular reports from the SDN Child and Family Services Board.

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

You can download the the Board Charter for SDN Children's Services here and for SDN Child and Family Services here.

Read our annual Governance Statement here.

SDN CHILDREN'S SERVICES BOARD & SDN CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES BOARD

SDN's Boards of Directors

SDN's Boards and Members
Tam Johnston | President | SDN Children's Services Board
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Tam Johnston SDN Board Member

Bachelor of Communication (Canberra); Graduate Certificate in Business (Curtin); Master of Business Administration (Canberra); Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors

Tam is an experienced leader across not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors. Starting her career in public relations and communications, Tam has held senior leadership positions including National Program Director with the National Australia Day Council, Chief Executive Officer of the SMILE Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Variety – the Children’s Charity (NSW). Tam runs the Schneider Electric Pacific Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of Your Side Australia. She is Managing Director of Accomplice Consulting, specialising in leadership coaching, corporate community partnerships and strategy.

Tam holds a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Management and a Bachelor of Communication, and is a graduate of the Leadership for Senior Executives Course at the Harvard Business School and the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Philanthropy Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tam has been President of the SDN Board since November 2019, and is also a member of the Board’s Governance and Remuneration Committee.

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

Bachelor of Arts (Hons); Master of International Studies (Syd)

Barbara is an experienced public policy professional in education and transport. She has worked for state and federal ministers and in government agencies in policy, planning and operational roles. She has successfully developed and implemented world-leading reforms to transport markets and is currently the Executive Director, Transport Partnerships in the Regional and Outer Metropolitan Division of Transport for NSW.

Barbara is also the Chair of SDN Child and Family Services.

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

Diploma Kindergarten Teachers College (Melbourne Kindergarten Teachers College); Bachelor of Arts (Hons - Sociology) (Qld); Graduate Diploma Educational Studies (Institute of Early Childhood Studies - Victoria); Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) (School of Sociology UNSW)

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 Audit committee.

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

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Syd) Bachelor of Laws (Syd) Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia

Kirsty is a qualified lawyer and business executive with 20 years’ experience across both legal and human resources and organisational development. She has held senior roles in a range of industries in Australia and India including professional services, healthcare, transport and logistics working for both privately owned and global companies. 

Kirsty continues a long family association with SDN, being the fourth generation to work with the organisation. Kirsty is currently working as Executive Director – Legal, People and Culture with Alberts.

Kirsty is Chair of the Board’s Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Linda Cassidy | SDN Children's Services Board and SDN Child and Family Services Board
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Linda Cassidy SDN Board Member

Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) (Curtin); GradCertMktg (UTS)

Linda brings to the Board over 25 years’ experience working in the financial services sector. She led the education, professional development businesses for two professional member organisations and a private education provider, and worked extensively with corporate clients on innovative learning and development programs.

Linda has also worked in the not for profit sector, developing capacity building programs for Indigenous land councils across Australia involved in Native Title cases and land use agreements, and secured government funding to support a governance program for Indigenous corporations formed out of Native Title.

In 2017, Linda moved to Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for the philanthropic sector in Australia as the National Manager for Membership and Programs. She currently works as Senior Adviser Programs for Desert Oak Associates, a management consultancy focused on leadership development and change management.

She has also worked in a voluntary capacity at Weave Youth and Community Services based in Waterloo, NSW and been involved in a range of committees over the years.

Linda is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of AICD. She is on the Board of SDN Child and Family Services.

Theresa Collignon | SDN Children's Services Board
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Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) (UNSW); Master of Business Administration (AGSM); Diploma of Financial Markets (SIA); Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors

Theresa brings to the board more than 25 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 Exchange, 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 Community Colleges Australia, St Vincent’s College, Little Nicholson St Play Centre, AGSM alumni and the Balmain Public School P&C. Theresa served as President of SDN from November 2012 to November 2014. She is currently a member of the Board's Governance and Remuneration Committee.

 

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

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance and Systems) (UNSW); Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA); Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD); Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)

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 NSW Office of State Revenue, Cuscal and Societe General.

Angela is now Chief Information Officer, BPAY Group and has held a number of voluntary roles in childcare and early education.

Angela served as President of SDN from November 2016 to November 2019, and is currently a member of the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee.

 

Helen Hamilton-James | SDN Children's Services Board
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LLB Hons (Aberdeen), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand

Helen has over 25 years of experience in providing assurance and advisory services to clients in the Australia, Papua New Guinea and the UK. She has worked with several large not for profit organisations and has previous experience as a Director on two national NFP boards.   

Helen is currently the Managing Partner for Deloitte in Western Sydney and has held other leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer for Deloitte Private and Managing Partner for Deloitte in Papua New Guinea.   

Helen is a member of the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee.

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

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Finance) (UNSW); Bachelor of Law (UNSW) Masters of Law and Management (AGSM)

Glenn is a Partner at Cornwalls. 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 is a member of SDN's Governance and Remuneration Committee.

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

Bachelor of Economics; Master of Economics (Syd); PhD (Syd)

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 recently completed doctoral studies in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, and runs a commemorations and memorials advisory practice. He is a full International member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Darren served as President of SDN from November 2005 to December 2008 and again from November 2014 to December 2016. Darren was also Chair of SDN Child and Family Services from 2016 to 2019, and continues as a director on that Board.

Tom Taylor | SDN Children's Services Board
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Bachelor of Business (CSU); Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA); Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries (ACIS), Member of Governance Institute of Australia

Tom has over 30 years experience in senior executive, non executive and consulting roles in financial services in mutual and listed organisations. His responsibilities have traversed finance, treasury and funding, risk, strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Tom holds a Bachelor of Business, is a certified practising accountant and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tom chairs the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee.

 

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