Opportunity Child is encouraging families across its national network of communities to celebrate National Families Week 2019 – Australia’s annual celebration of the importance of families.
In joining the Board of Opportunity Child, I’m looking forward to support the driving of community led initiatives that provides the strongest possible foundations for young people and their families to not only survive, but thrive.
Wendy Mason will be joining Opportunity Child as our new Director of Strategy and Operations on 10th December 2018.
Wendy has held significant roles as the Head of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, General Manager of the Western Research Institute and most recently with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. Her extensive management and business development experience, excellent networks and track record in stakeholder relations across the government, financial and not-for-profit sectors will be a valuable addition to our team.
We are excited to announce that Opportunity Child has officially become a separate entity after successful incubation by ten20 Foundation.
Our inaugural board meeting on 24th October saw Ivan Power from Macquarie Group welcomed as Incoming Chair. Ivan brings a passion for working with communities to improve the lives of their children and is joined by NSW’s former and inaugural Children’s Commissioner, Gillian Calvert as Deputy Chair.
We believe the expertise of our new board will offer us fresh perspectives,
23 August 2018
Opportunity Child has announced four significant appointments to drive its Collective Impact agenda in early childhood development.
Tara Kleine – Director, Capability and Development (starts 3rd September). Tara was previously Principal Advisor for Leadership and Organisational Capability at Rio Tinto. She brings executive-level experience across corporate, government, community and NFP and is skilled in leading large networks and influencing for strategic and programmatic benefit. A major focus of her role will be designing and implementing a structured peer support network for communities focused on place-based work in Australia.
Sarah Brittle is Backbone Leader at Alice Springs collective impact initiative Strong Kids Strong Centre. Sarah wrote this blog post:
The focus here at Strong Kids Strong Centre is about gathering the local data we know is critical for ensuring Alice Springs is a child-friendly community.
So whereas last year our energy was directed towards building the foundations and setting strategy, we’re now working on the large task of gathering expert and community data.
We know that creating long lasting social change isn’t easy.
For leaders working in complex and changing circumstances, such as a collective impact initiative, there can be a real sense of isolation. This may seem counterintuitive when collective impact is about working together and moving away from isolated impact, but this work is about thinking and acting differently, and that is often met with resistance.
To support these leaders and connect peers across the country, Opportunity Child initiated three Communities of Practice (CoP).
Logan Together is a Queensland collective impact initiative. It’s everybody who cares about Logan’s kids and we did a whole lot of growing in 2017.
As we grew, we wanted to share the love more and more with our partners and community. So we set out to share the data we were collecting and tap further into local wisdom to build our movement for change for Logan’s children. We embarked on an online journey and I’d like to share three ways we did it.
Former backbone leader Sharon Fraser shares insights into navigating collective impact governance.
“Getting the right governance foundations in place is critical in collective impact collaborations. Not so long ago I was working in a collaboration that decided to reset the governance structure.
The idea was to move decision making from leaders in the service system to share power with the community and bring the voice of government and business onto the leadership table. With great enthusiasm and a sense that we were doing something grand we set about doing the work.
24 January 2018
Opportunity Child partners and the ten20 Board are pleased to announce that Dr Dianne Jackson has been appointed to the new role of Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity Child ‑ Australia’s only national intermediary in the early childhood development space using a collective impact approach.
Dr Jackson’s starting date is Monday 29 January 2018.
“Taking up the reins in this role represents a career highlight, enabling me to work alongside many,