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Discover why our team has so much to offer you and your family

The Growing Early Minds team is committed to giving our clients individual care, expert advice and personal attention. With over two decades of experience in the early intervention and disability sector, you’ll quickly see why our allied health team has so much to offer you and your family.

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Operational staff

Kiera – Senior Operations Manager

Kiera is the Senior Operations Manager for the Growing Early Minds with Cindy Price commencing maternity leave.

Kiera Woolacott has been part of the broader Growing Potential family since 2017, working as the Executive Support Officer and then the Executive Support Manager and EA to CEO in March of 2020. She has broad skills across the corporate space and has strong relationships across the industry.

Kiera is nearing the completion of her Diploma in Leadership and Management. She is excited to take on this role and work with the team to continue to provide high-quality supports and services to our families and community.

Kiera was born and raised in Blacktown and is passionate about continuing her connection to the community. When Kiera is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping with her partner and spending time at the beach.

Cindy - Senior Operations Manager

Cindy – Senior Operations Manager

Currently on maternity leave

Cindy Price comes back to Growing Potential as the Senior Operations Manager for the Growing Early Minds Team. Cindy is an experienced Senior Manager working across a variety of service types in the Community Services sector. Most recently Cindy has worked in the NDIS world as a Quality Auditor and Executive Manager of Disability Services. She is passionate about ensuring all service users have the opportunity to access supports that meet their needs, in a flexible, meaningful way. Her skill set and knowledge will bring a new perspective to the team, and wider organisation.

Cindy holds her Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years), Diploma of Business Management, Diploma of Quality Auditing, Cert 4 in Training and Assessment.

Cindy was born and raised in the Western Sydney Suburbs and is passionate about giving back to the families and wider community. When Cindy is not busy working you can find her hanging out with her three nephews, spending time with family and solving WASGIJ (jigsaw spelled backwards), an innovative jigsaw puzzle in which the picture on the box is merely a clue for the puzzle being solved.

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Samantha – Engagement Officer

Sam is the Engagement Officer for Growing Early Minds and joins us having a diverse background working in operations and administration, the last 7 years being in the disability sector and NSW Health.

Working in the disability sector has been a rewarding element of her career as she loves helping families achieve their goals, and watching the children learn and develop their skills through therapies and social groups.

Born and raised in Western Sydney, Sam gives back to the community by volunteering with local charities at their events and programs. On the weekends you will find Sam spending time with her husband and two teenage sons, either at their sports or the beach in summer. Sam is a very crafty person and enjoys making gift items and scrapbooking.

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Jordi – Administration Officer

Jordi is the Administration Officer for Growing Early Minds with strong administration experience in multiple areas of work. Jordi joins us from Children First, specifically Blacktown Road Children’s Centre where she works as the concierge when she isn’t working at Growing Early Minds.

Jordi has seven years of experience working with children as a qualified early childhood educator and enjoys building relationships with children and families alike. She is a bubbly and outgoing person who enjoys a laugh with the people she greets each day.

When Jordi is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her partner, Ryan, her one-year-old daughter and fur baby, Deebo.

Rebecca - Business Support Officer

Rebecca – Business Support Officer

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Rebecca is the Business Support Officer for Growing Early Minds and will be the first point of contact when you call us. Rebecca will be there to support you and your family throughout your entire journey, no matter your concerns or complexities.

Rebecca has experience within the early childhood industry working as an Educator. She enjoys building relationships with children and families, helping them achieve their goals, supporting their needs, and watching the children succeed and blossom.

In her spare time, you can find Rebecca outdoors, spending quality time with family, friends and her fur baby Charli. Rebecca loves exploring and overseas travelling with her fiancé.

Sarah - Accounts Receivable Officer

Sarah – Accounts Receivable Officer

Sarah is the Accounts Receivable Officer for Growing Early Minds. Sarah has a strong Administration and Accounts background working previously in the sales and manufacturing industries. She has a Certificate III in Business Administration, a Certificate IV in Customer Contact/Telecommunication and a Diploma of Management.

Sarah has always had an interest in working in the health and childcare fields and is looking forward to working with children and their families.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking and cake decorating, spending time with her family and friends and weekend trips to the Central Coast.

Therapists

Sophia - Practice Lead & Occupational Therapist

Sophia – Practice Lead/Occupational Therapist – BAppSc(OT) – AHPRA

Registration number: OCC0001795012

Sophia is the Practice lead and occupational therapist for the Growing Early Minds team. She has a wide variety of experience working with children both in mainstream and disability sectors for over 10 years.

Sophia is able to support children’s motor development, social skills, sensory needs, self care and emotional regulation. She currently has a passion for supporting children who have experienced trauma and is particularly interested in how children’s past experiences impact their abilities to express their emotions, calm themselves down, play with others and maintain relationships.

Sophia has recently completed a certificate in Cognitive behaviour training for children and adolescence, helping clients understand how their thoughts influence their emotions. Sophia has experience running group therapy programs such as school readiness and social skills, and has strengths in case management and advocacy for complex families.  Sophia has had prior managerial experience in Kenya setting up education and health projects within a community setting. Sophia is currently enjoying managing the Growing Early Minds team through their transition into the NDIS and fostering a positive, holistic approach within the workplace.

In her spare time, Sophia enjoys being active, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Tick of approval

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Sophia is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

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Francesca – Paediatric Dietitian – BNutrSc, MNutr & Diet

Francesca is a paediatric dietitian in the Growing Early Minds team. She has experience working with children and their families in both clinical and community settings, to develop positive relationships with food and meet their nutritional needs. Francesca is also a qualified chef, providing her with a range of practical skills and tips for parents to use, when navigating the challenges of feeding their children.

Francesca is passionate about providing families with their own tool box of nutrition strategies to navigate the challenges that growing up can have. At Growing Early Minds, Francesca provides nutrition advice to children presenting with disability and feeding issues, food aversions and restrictive eating behaviours, poor or excessive weight gain, food intolerances and allergies, nutrient deficiencies, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Francesca holds a Master degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and has also completed additional training, including the Monash University Low FODMAP diet for IBS management, ARFID (A Responsive Feeding Therapy approach) and is a certified SOS feeding therapist.

Accredited Practising Dietitian Badge The Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetic services. Francesca is a registered dietitian with APD.

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Andrea – Senior Speech-Language Pathologist – BspPath, CPSP

Andrea is a senior speech-language pathologist who works with children and their families in the Growing Early Minds team.

Andrea enjoys helping families work on their goals around communication, play, behaviour and learning to help their children develop. Andrea has 10 years of experience supporting children with developmental delay and a range of disabilities.

Special interest areas include infant, toddler and preschool-aged feeding (including SOS Approach to Feeding). Andrea also has a range of experience in supporting children with pre-literacy skills and school-aged language and literacy. Andrea is Hanen Program certified (More Than Words) to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with social communication, and Lidcombe Program certified to assist children with difficulties in fluency (stuttering).

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys walking her puppy dog Beans with her daughter and husband, and spending time at the beach.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Andrea is a certified practising member.

Sanjida - Speech-language Pathologist

Sanjida – Senior Speech-Language Pathologist – BSpPath, CPSP, Lidcombe certified, Hanen certified

Sanjida is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. Sanjida’s areas of experience are in early language development, working with school-aged children, and working with children with developmental delay and with additional needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Sanjida is interested in working with families from culturally diverse backgrounds and providing education for families and carers. She is passionate about supporting inclusion in the community.

In her spare time, Sanjida enjoys playing with her toddler, spending time with her family, and reading books. Other interests include dinosaurs, Harry Potter, and trivia.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Sanjida is a certified practising member.

Nimi - Speech-language Pathologist

Nimi – Speech-Language Pathologist – MSpeechPath(Curtin), CPSP

Nimi is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. Nimi is passionate about supporting and empowering children and their families.

Nimi enjoys working in a range of areas, including language, speech, multimodal communication, literacy, play skills, and social skills. Nimi has a special interest and experience working with children with a range of presentations, such as developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and intellectual disability. Nimi is able to speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Bahasa/Malay.

Nimi is trained in Hanen More Than Words, Hanen It Takes Two to Talk, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

During her spare time, Nimi enjoys musicals, trekking in nature, and spending time with family and friends.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Nimi is a certified practising member.

Yasemin - Speech Language Pathologist

Yasemin – Speech-Language Pathologist – BSpPath, CPSP

Yasemin is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. Yasemin completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at The University of Sydney. She is passionate about working with children and their families to help the child’s learning and development reach its full potential.

Yasemin has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, developmental delay and down syndrome, in a range of settings. She has experience in assessment and treatment of speech, language, literacy, fluency (stuttering) and multimodal communication.

She is a strong believer in incorporating families in goal setting and providing them with the right tools and strategies to be able to facilitate their child’s communication.

Yasemin is also Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Key Word Sign trained.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to the beach.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Yasemin is a certified practising member.

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Christine – Speech-Language Pathologist – BAppSc (SpPath), CPSP

Christine is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at The University of Sydney in 2015, and is also a certified SOS feeding therapist.

Christine enjoys working with clients of all ages and is passionate about making a difference in their lives. She has provided a range of speech therapy services in childcare centres and schools, and has experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual disability, ADHD, and global developmental delay. She speaks English and Cantonese.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys a good book and training for her next marathon.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Christine is a certified practising member.

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Hsiu-Wen – Speech-Language Pathologist – BAppSc (SpPath)

Hsiu-Wen is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. She has a wide variety of experience working with children with all abilities.

She is committed to working with families and supporting children to reach their full potential. Early in her career, Hsiu-Wen worked in Early Childhood Intervention, where she supported children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, complex communication needs and feeding concerns. She is experienced in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment, trial, prescription and implementation. She enjoys collaborating with families to enable participation and promote inclusion at home, childcare centres, schools and in the community.

Hsiu-Wen is trained in Hanen More Than Words, Key Word Signs, the LAMP approach, Voicecraft and the Key Worker Model.

Hsiu-Wen speaks English and Mandarin. She is committed to working with individuals and families from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds.

In her spare time, Hsiu-Wen enjoys bushwalking and traveling.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Hsiu-Wen is a certified practising member.

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Hannah – Occupational Therapist – BOccThy – AHPRA

Registration number: OCC0002451142

Hannah is an Occupational Therapist in the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney

Hannah is driven in helping children reach their full potential and maximising their skills and abilities. She is passionate in individualising therapy for each child by using their motivations and strengths to drive sessions, pushing every child to be their very best.

Hannah is actively working towards making occupational therapy and other therapy services more accessible and available to everyone, especially to the Asian immigrant community in Sydney. Hannah speaks conversational Korean and hopes to provide therapy to more Korean families in times to come.

Hannah has experience working with children in school, home and church settings, and have especially always loved working with children with ADHD, ASD and global development delay. Her particular interests lie in the sensory systems and how they influence experiences and impact behaviours.

In her spare time Hannah loves to volunteer at her church, play oztag and volleyball and spend time with her friends and family.

Tick of approval

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Hannah is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

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Joyce – Occupational Therapist – BAppSc(OT) – AHPRA

Registration number: OCC0002330709

Joyce is an Occupational Therapist in the Growing Early Minds Team. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Sydney. Joyce is also a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Joyce is passionate about working together with families to achieve children’s full potential with a strength and fun-based approach. Joyce has experience working with children and adolescents with ADHD, ASD and global developmental delay at home, schools and within the community. Her interests lie in working on sensory processing, emotional regulation and independence in self-care.

Joyce has experience volunteering in preschool and providing occupational therapy in an Early Intervention organisation in the Philippines addressing behavioural concerns and sensory processing difficulties.

Joyce speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese, with experiences working with families from non-English speaking backgrounds.

In her spare time, Joyce enjoys travelling and hiking.

Tick of approval

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Joyce is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Sashi - Psychologist

Sashi – Clinical Psychologist – BSc Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical)

Registration number: PSY0001816697

Sashi is a Clinical Psychologist for the Growing Early Minds team. Sashi holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently completing her registrar program to obtain endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.

Sashi has a variety of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different mental health settings including community mental health, hospitals and private practice. She enjoys working with families to alleviate mental health issues using a strength-based approach to address issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, difficult and risky behaviour and social skills deficits.

In her spare time, Sashi enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, food and hiking.

Tick of approval

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Sashi is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Caitlin - Provisional Psychologist

Caitlin – Psychologist – BPsych, M Prof Psych

Registration number: PSY0002182434

Caitlin is a psychologist working for the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Master of Professional Psychology at Macquarie University and commenced work in adult community mental health following graduation. Prior to this Caitlin spent 4 years working in OOSH services within schools in the western and north-western suburbs.

Her experience is predominantly with school aged children and adolescence and she enjoys working in early intervention settings. She is passionate about individualised care and as such prioritises communication with parents, teachers and other professionals to ensure children have the best chance to develop as capable, confident and happy kids.

She has engaged in numerous community ventures, including a trip to Vanuatu to build school classrooms and organise donations, and working with various not-for-profit organisations that focus on keeping kids in schools and organising routines in the face of trauma or loss.

Outside of work Caitlin is passionate about health and fitness and the benefits this can have on emotional wellbeing and overall life enjoyment.

She is a student member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Tick of approval

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Caitlin is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

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Kaitlin – Provisional Psychologist – BPsych (Hons)

Registration number: PSY0002424875

Kaitlin is a Provisional Psychologist with the Growing Early Minds team. She holds her four-year Bachelor of Psychology Honours degree accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Kaitlin has experience in the basic application of ABA therapy, training in Early Start Denver Model and dealing with children who present on the spectrum.

Her experience has been mostly with primary school-aged children as this was the focus group of her yearlong thesis study on Emotional Situational Knowledge. She is passionate about working with families to implement tailored early intervention plans, help to meet goals and prioritise care to ensure the best possible outcome and positive change is made in the lives of the child and family.

In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys spending quality time with her family and going on day trips across NSW with friends to new cafes, beaches and national park walking trails.

Tick of approval

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Kaitlin is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Jacquline Nicholas

Jackie – Provisional Psychologist – BA-Psych BEd (Primary), GDPA

Registration number: PSY0002465385

Jackie is a Provisional Psychologist in the Growing Early Minds team. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary), as well as a Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced. During her time at university, Jackie volunteered at various government mental health research institutions working on studies pertaining to how to best support students mental health.

Jackie has experience in working as a Primary School Teacher and was employed for four years as a Co-ordinator in OOSH School Services. Jackie has also facilitated Behaviour Change Workshops across primary and high schools for the past year and a half. Jackie is most passionate about early intervention and creating a positive impact by working with families to focus on implementing child centred intervention plans that support children to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys baking, keeping active and spending time with family.

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Rayanne – Provisional Psychologist – BPsych(Hon), M Prof Psych, M Ed (ABA)

Registration number: PSY0002272964

Rayanne is a Provisional Psychologist working for the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Sydney and Master of Professional Psychology at Western Sydney University. Additionally, Rayanne has over 4 years of experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis and holds a Master of Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Monash University. She is currently completing her registration as a Board Approved Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Rayanne has experience in behaviour management across settings, positive parent training, anxiety management, depression and Emotion Regulation difficulties. She is deeply passionate about helping children and their families improve their quality of life. Rayanne strives to educate and empower her clients using individualised evidence-based interventions. She is also committed to taking a multi-disciplinary approach to therapy as she believes that this is important in helping her client reach their full potential.

In her spare time, Rayanne enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, baking desserts and travelling.

Charlie – Allied Health Therapy Assistant

Charlie is an Allied Health Therapy Assistant joining the Growing Early Minds team. Charlie is currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney.

Charlie is very excited to work part-time with the team to develop his skills and knowledge of Paediatric therapy. He enjoys working with children developing their potential whilst maintaining a positive and fun environment. He is eager to learn skills from the staff at Growing Early Minds that he can employ in his future carer.

Charlie is from Cooma, in rural NSW and enjoys playing sport in particular Rugby League and supporting the Sydney Roosters. Charlie also works part-time in the Army Reserve as an Artillery Officer.

Elise – Allied Health Therapy Assistant

Elise is an Allied Health Therapy Assistant joining the Growing Early Minds team. Elise is currently studying her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University and is in her third year of study.

Elise is very excited to be a part of the Growing Early Minds team to develop her social skills with children and being able to observe and learn from other staff members to help understand the objectives of pediatric Occupational Therapy.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with family and friends as well as visiting the central coast. She also works part-time in Early Childhood working towards her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Services.

Familylinks team

Jeanette - Familylinks Coordinator

Jeanette – Familylinks Coordinator – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Jeanette has over 20 years experience working in and managing Early Childhood settings including Long Day Care, Preschool, supported Playgroups and OOSH services. Jeanette has a keen interest in supporting children with special needs and completed a specialisation in special education as part of her degree. As a result, Jeanette has worked as a Special Education Teacher and supported the inclusion of children with special needs in Preschools by working alongside Early Childhood Educators to increase their skills and knowledge in regard to inclusive practices.

Jeanette was responsible for setting up the Familylinks project and found this to be a challenging and rewarding experience. This project has provided her with the opportunity to work alongside parents in supporting their children’s development and in providing support to parents in their parenting role.

Jeanette is accredited to facilitate DRUMBEAT, 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching, Parent-Child Mother Goose and Circle of Security Parenting programs.

Jeanette endeavours to provide all children with the opportunity to reach their full potential by providing the best possible start in the early years.

In her spare time Jeanette likes to read, spend time with family and go camping, four-wheel driving and fishing.

Program facilitator for familylinks services

Lacey – Familylinks Program Facilitator

Lacey is a Familylinks Program Facilitator and brings with her an abundance of knowledge and skills acquired from her years of experience in the Disability and Early Childhood sectors. Lacey holds her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Disability Services. Currently working towards her Diploma in Early Education and Care, Lacey aspires to continue her studies and professional development to extend her skills and knowledge of the Early Education sector.

Through her experience working with children, families and the community, Lacey’s passion lies within ensuring each individual is provided with equal opportunity and provided with quality care and service. Lacey enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge and thrives on helping others in achieving their goals.

Lacey is an active individual who has spent years in the dance studio as a student, teacher and professional performer. It is here that Lacey believes her personal qualities such as dedication, teamwork, perseverance and understanding flourished and has assisted her in her everyday work as a professional.

During downtime, Lacey enjoys going on adventures with her son and fiancé, dancing and leading flower crown making workshops.

Executive General Manager

Dylan - Executive General Manager

Dylan – Executive General Manager

Dylan is an experienced executive with a diverse work history encompassing senior roles within a range of private and NGO organisations. With extensive experience managing complex, large-scale project teams, Dylan brings an innovative and analytical perspective in all professional areas.

Since 2006 Dylan has successfully worked in a range of senior management and executive roles within the human services area. These include 3 years as the policy and community development manager for NSW largest Aboriginal children service. He has also worked five years in the peak body organisation for disability organisations leading capacity building business development projects to prepare the sector for the transition of the NDIS.

With exceptional professional networks within the human services space at both a state and national level, Dylan’s real strengths include project management, business development, strategic planning, quality management, staff development and change management. Dylan’s professional background also enables him to talk with authority in matters regarding social policy development, legislative frameworks and sector advocacy.

With a passion for forging cross-sectoral partnerships and identifying sustainable pathways to achieve growth and development, Dylan brings an innovative business-driven approach to the family services portfolio.

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