Dr Dianne Jackson – CEO
Dianne is passionate about early childhood development. She has dedicated her life and career to that passion, gaining deep experience across a range of roles in this space.
These roles include: CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), a national organisation in Canberra linking research, policy and practice; Connect Child and Family Services, a major service provider in Western Sydney focused on child, family and community engagement in early childhood education and social care; and Australian Country Coordinator for the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA).
Dianne has also spent many years teaching children, many of whom were disadvantaged and marginalised. Dianne holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), a first class honours degree in Social Science and a PhD that crosses both disciplines.
Dianne is a mother of five children who continue to be her inspiration everyday.
Tara Kleine – Director, Innovation, Capability and Development
For the past fifteen years Tara has been helping organisations facing significant change, complexity and ambiguity build their capability.
Tara’s focus is on building capability to work within an increasingly complex world where creative designing, innovating and continuously learning helps create solutions to existing and emergent adaptive challenges. She believes that actively collaborating and sharing innovative ways of work does create real impact.
Throughout her career Tara has worked in a variety of organisations, ranging from small NFP’s to multi-national corporations in global roles with a span of 35 countries across six continents. Throughout her career, Tara has had a particular passion for and focus on the areas of leadership and organisational development. Throughout her work, Tara has incorporated her studies in business, commerce, education and psychology to create innovative solutions.
In her role as Director, Innovation, Capability and Development, Tara’s goal is to bring a different lens to the work of social innovation, and to support the capability development needed to deliver sustainable, measurable impacts for early childhood development.
Tara is based in Brisbane and is happy to be in her home town after working in (or commuting to) roles in other parts of Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Wendy Mason – Director of Strategy and Operations
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.
Wendy brings extensive management and business development experience to Opportunity Child, as well as excellent networks and a track record in stakeholder relations across the government, financial and not-for-profit sectors.
She has responsibility for the oversight of Opportunity Child’s strategy and operational execution, as well as providing strategic input into the policy and service landscape.
Joyce Teo – Operations Manager
Joyce supports the executives and stakeholders at Opportunity Child, playing an anchor role in the office and in its wider operations.
Joyce brings unique skills and experience, as an Executive Assistant and Project Manager in dynamic, start-up environments. She has managed projects and stakeholders at all levels, across multiple disciplines, sectors, and cultures.
Joyce is driven by opportunities to make positive change. She is from Singapore and currently based in Melbourne.