B4 Leaders are influential individuals from diverse backgrounds, who are appointed as Leaders by the Minister for Education and Training.
Leaders represent and engage groups and individuals across identified sectors, and develop annual Sector Action Plans in conjunction with families and communities.
The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector has three Leaders, who work collaboratively across this sector acknowledging this sectors scope and impact on the early years.
The B4 Leaders group also has two State Government representatives, currently Mellissa Gray, Executive Director, Standards and Performance, Department of Communities Tasmania and Suzanne Purdon, Principal Leader – Early Years Partnerships and Projects.
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Tracey Bradley has been working in the local government sector for over thirty years and is currently working across two local government areas as a Director in Corporate and Community Services. Early years programs have been a foundation aspect of her career, in management, development and delivery of quality services. Mentoring and partnerships have been pivotal in innovative delivery or services.
Tracey has been engaged in the development and implementation of regulation for the early years. Tracey has worked at a state and federal level in education and care sector development, most recently as an inaugural member of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority Board. This appointment has enhanced and broadened her commitment to quality programs for children and universal equity in access to quality education and care services.
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Early Childhood Education and Care
Ros Cornish has worked in, and been a strong advocate for, the early childhood education and care sector for more than 30 years, in roles including educator, teacher, long day care centre director and public servant.
For the past 23 years Ros has worked for Lady Gowrie Tasmania, a not for profit community based organisation that provides a range of services to children, families and early childhood and allied professionals. Her current role is Chief Executive Officer.
Ros holds an early childhood degree as well as qualifications in business management. In 2009 she was awarded the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) Corporate Professional of the Year. She serves on many committees and groups at a local level as well as a member of the Australian Government Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Australian Children’s Quality Authority Review Panel. In 2016 she was inducted into the Tasmanian Honour Roll for Women for services to the community particularly early childhood.
Ros has been a member of Early Childhood Australia for over 30 years and a member of the National Board for 16 years. She has served in the roles as Board Director, National Treasurer, Deputy National President and is now privileged to be in the position of National President.
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Mrs Lea Lawson
Business and Industry
Lea holds significant experience and expertise across both the early years and the business sector. She for many years managed a successful multi-site early years child care service model, and operated a consulting service operating across Tasmania, NSW, and WA.
Lea has lived, worked and raised a family in Tasmania and has an extensive network of connections and relationships. Lea is well known and acknowledged for her commitment to children and their families in the early years with a strong social justice ethos aligned to the aspirations and values of B4. In additional Lea has an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Tasmania researching the challenge of impulsive behaviours in children under the supervision of senior members of the Philosophy Department of Tasmania and the Florey Institute in Melbourne.
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Di is a long term academic and consultant in early childhood education and care. For more than 35 years Di has coordinated courses and lectured in leadership, curriculum and child development at Queensland University of Technology, University of Tasmania, James Cook and Torrens Universities. Di’s academic role has taken her to China, Singapore and Papua New Guinea where she has shared current theory and practice with teachers and administrators. As a consultant Di worked with the Queensland and South Australian Governments and facilitated numerous professional learning experiences with early childhood practitioners in schools, long day and family day care settings, and outside school hours care. Di is on the organising committee of Early Childhood Educators Tasmania (North).
Di’s research has focused on leading and learning in children’s services and prioritises collaborative approaches. Her belief in the power of collective impact is incorporated into her role chairing the Northern Early Years Group Tasmania Inc. and as educational leader consultant to the Northern Children’s Network. For the past several years Di participated in a range of collaborative projects in the Tamar Valley region working to enhance the wellbeing of young children and their families. Di is an advocate for respecting “children’s voices” in decisions that affect them.
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Dr Becky Shelley
University of Tasmania
Becky has a strong interest and commitment to improving educational outcomes and life opportunities for children and young people in Tasmania, with twenty years’ experience working to enhance social outcomes in innovative, engaging and transformative ways. Education and participation have been key drivers of Becky’s work to foster an inclusive Tasmania.
Becky strives to connect and integrate policy, research and practice and is particularly interested ensuring research and policy is translated into effective and impactful change. Becky has a PhD in political science, and is currently the Deputy Director Aspirations and Attainment, The Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, at the University of Tasmania
Becky has experience in a number of different settings, including government, the community sector, and as a non-executive director. Becky has provided leadership to national and local initiatives focused on improving educational outcomes in the early years. Becky has two young children and finds it hard to believe that their early years are now behind them.
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Early Childhood Education and Care
Bronwyn is a passionate worker within the early year’s sector. Bronwyn is currently the Early Learning Consultant, for Goodstart Early Learning. Her experience and expertise surround the education and care of children aged birth to five years, and the training and professional development of those who work within the sector. Bronwyn’s experiences as a teacher, centre manager, trainer and consultant combine in her current role to support early learning centres state wide to provide high quality early learning to children and their families. Supporting these centres build their learning, development and social connections within the community.
Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Early Childhood Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is an Accredited VitalSmarts Crucial Conversations Trainer. Bronwyn also facilitates training and professional development nationally with Goodstart, and volunteers with a range of local community groups.
As a mother of two daughters who are part of the Tasmanian community, Bronwyn has a passion for childhood and advocating for children and their rights; and for children to be able to have a voice in the decisions that impact on their lives. These passions guide Bronwyn in both her personal and professional life.