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.
Those that attended ChangeFest last month were part of the presentation of the ChangeFest Statement. It was a powerful reminder of the importance of applying a cultural lens across everything we do at Opportunity Child.
A key player in those conversations was Louisa Whettam, who spoke powerfully for indigenous community culture and interests. She worked closely with our CEO Dianne throughout the ChangeFest statement development process and now brings her rich cultural understanding and life experience to Opportunity Child two days a week as Cultural Practice Advisor.
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.
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).
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,
Dr Dianne Jackson is the new CEO of Opportunity Child
The Opportunity Child partners, along with the ten20 Board, are pleased to announce that Dr Dianne Jackson has accepted the offer of the new role of Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity Child.
Dianne’s starting date is Monday 29 January 2018.
She says being appointed to the role of CEO represents a career highlight which enables Dianne to work alongside many, for the greater good of kids.
About the shared outcomes framework
The shared outcomes framework is part of Opportunity Child’s ongoing effort to make it easier to measure progress and impact. The framework outlines a range of headline indicators organised by five of the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth’s (ARACY’s) The Nest domains.
In early 2017, Opportunity Child’s impact team reviewed the OC shared outcomes framework and reduced the number of domains to five, removing one that did not directly pertain to child outcomes.
A new report into place-based approaches has been released by our impact partners the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH).