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.

Read our annual Governance Statement here or download our Corporate Governance Charter here.

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

SDN's Boards of Directors

SDN's Boards and Members
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 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 is the current President and a member of the Board’s Risk and Audit, and Governance and Remuneration committees.

 

Darren Mitchell | SDN Children's Services Board and Chair of 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. Darren is chair of the Board of SDN Child and Family Services.

 

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 Audit committee.

Kirsty Albert | SDN Children's Services Board and SDN Child and Family Services Board
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SDN Board Member Kirsty Albert

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.

She is a member of SDN’s Governance and Remuneration Committee, and is on the Board of SDN Child and Family Services.

Linda Cassidy | SDN Children's Services Board
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Linda Cassidy SDN Board Member

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 a member of SDN's Risk and Audit Committee.

Theresa Collignon | SDN Children's Services Board
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SDN Board Member Theresa Collignon

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 from November 2012 to November 2014. She is currently a member of the Board's Governance and Remuneration Committee.

 

Helen Hamilton-James | SDN Children's Services Board
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Helen has over 25 years of experience in providing assurance and advisory services to clients in the UK, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Helen was appointed to the national role of Chief Operating Officer for Deloitte Private n April 2017. She was previously the Office Managing Partner for Deloitte Papua New Guinea and prior to that the leader of the firm’s Assurance and Advisory group in the Western Sydney and Canberra offices.

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

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.

Tam Johnston | SDN Children's Services Board
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Tam Johnston SDN Board Member

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 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. She 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 is the chair of SDN’s Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Tom Taylor | SDN Children's Services Board
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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.

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

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 also leads Social Impact at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is chair of the PwC Charitable Foundation and is a member of CSI’s Advisory Committee.

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 SDN’s Risk and Audit Committee.

 

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 nearly 20 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. She has successfully developed and implemented world-leading reforms to transport markets and is currently the Executive Director, Services Delivery Review in the Regional and Outer Metropolitan Division of Transport for NSW.

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

 

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