Our Governing Board

Elaine Pavlos


Prof. Elaine is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She has a wealth of experience working in senior executive and academic positions within the Western Australian Healthcare sector. She has recently retired as Dean of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Notre Dame University Fremantle.

Elaine is a qualified coach who works predominantly with nurse managers and people who find themselves in new roles. Elaine has a Master Degree in Nursing, an MBA from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Ontological Coaching and qualifications in counselling.

Elaine is a sitting member at the State Administrative Tribunal, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the College of Nursing Australia. Elaine also sits on the Board of Southern Cross Care. She joined the Board of Child Australia in 2011.


Julia Millar

Vice Chairperson

Julia Millar practices in the area of competition and commercial litigation for Clayton Utz. Acting for a number of large Australian and overseas clients in complex disputes she has over 10 years of experience. Julia’s practice also includes acting in a range of competition and regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining Clayton Utz in 2009, Julia was the Associate to the Hon Justice Buss in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Julia is experienced in all facets of litigation and has a specific focus on co-ordinating applications across a number of international jurisdictions. Julia has two children both still attending local childcare.


Partha Nag

Board Member

Partha, MAICD, CPA, is the Executive Director and co-founder of Strategic Business Alliance (SBA), a firm offering innovative consulting and outsourcing solutions to a wide range of clients. Partha has a deep interest in the not-for-profit sector and currently is on the board and audit committees of Infoxchange, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and Interchange Loddon Mallee.

Partha has extensive experience in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Corporate Strategy, Governance and Risk Management.  He has forged lasting relationships with stakeholders in his senior executive roles, and, in the process, enhanced organisational value.

Partha joined the Board in 2011.


Jason Hughes

Board Member

Jason is a partner of international accounting firm KPMG and an Authorised Representative of KPMG Corporate Finance.

Jason has over 22 years advisory experience providing specialist corporate finance advice, focusing on valuation assignments, completing both private valuations and public expert reports to corporations operating in a wide range of industries.

Jason previously had over 8 years’ experience in providing corporate recovery and assurance and advisory services in both Perth and Melbourne. Jason has two children, one still at school.


Helen Creed

Board Member

Helen brings a wealth of experience to the Board from both the early childhood education and care sector and various Board and Committee positions. She has held senior roles in government, in the non government sector and in the union movement, including as the National President of the Union responsible for staff in ECEC and Executive Director of the Department responsible for licensing and funding ECEC services.

In addition to Child Australia, Helen’s current roles include Chair of Regional Early Education and Development Inc and a member of the Ratings Review Panel for the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

Helen’s awards include the WA Women’s Fellowship, awarded in 1989 for her to study the provision of employer provided child care in the United States, the Centenary Medal awarded in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to child care and in 2018 being inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.


Steph Shorter

Board Member

Steph has recently joined the Department of Communities in the Strategy and Transformation Division where she is managing a $200m fund that will provide more housing options for Aboriginal families supporting them to achieve social and economic independence.

Prior to this Steph spent four years setting up and running the WA arm of the Social Ventures Australia consulting team. In this role Steph worked closely with social purpose organisations, governments and business to support them with social impact strategy, outcomes management and evaluation, program design and implementation. 

This was across early childhood development, youth justice, out of home care, mental health, Indigenous disadvantage and affordable housing. Before SVA Steph was a senior strategy & operations manager with Deloitte Consulting, a strategy manager for one of the largest UK NFPs and worked in a range of commercial roles in the oil and gas industry.


Craig Stewart

Board Member

Craig is the State Director at the Red Cross, and previously held roles as Director at the Department of Communities responsible for Early Years and Parenting, and CEO of a national children’s charity EdConnect Australia. 

Craig is a dynamic professional with strong leadership skill in both the statutory and not for profit sectors with extensive experience of successfully delivering on local, regional and national initiatives.

Craig is an experienced and qualified Social Worker with experience in child protection, children and families and mental health having trained and practiced in Britain.  In addition to his social work qualifications Craig holds two Masters Degrees one in Management with the other in Crime Deviance and Social Policy.  He is a qualified Prince2 Project Manager and graduate of Leadership WA.


Nancy Jeffrey

Board Member

Nancy Jeffrey is the most recent Director to join our Board and is based in the Northern Territory and a proud Woolwonga women.

Nancy has previously worked with Save the Children for 15 years in several roles including NT Territory Manager, and is the current Portfolio Lead with the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, working with community and organisations to co-design healing initiatives for their community.

Nancy proudly mentors and encourages her people to stand strong and achieve whatever they set their sights on. Believing in the power of education, Nancy is a passionate advocate for change for her people and for the next generation of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children to succeed and become leaders within their communities.


Rachel Beard

Board Member

Rachel has a wealth of experience in public sector administration from working in central agencies to increase public sector professionalism and integrity to line agencies in the specialist area of Human Resource Management.

She is currently the Deputy Director of the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office and is responsible for the functions of Complaint Resolution, Strategy and Engagement. The Office provides services for metropolitan and regional communities in Western Australia and the Indian Ocean Territories in the private, public, prison health and not-for-profit sectors.

Rachel is an alumni of Leadership WA and holds both a Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Human Resource Management from Murdoch University.


Nick Warth

Board Member

Nick is a Director at international accounting firm KPMG and a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Nick is part of KPMG's international tax and transfer pricing practice and has over 15 years experience providing tax advice to multinational companies and assisting in determining and defending the pricing of their cross border transactions with related parties.

He has previously worked for KPMG in the UK providing tax advice and assistance to companies across a broad range of industries.


Child Australia Annual Reports


Child Australia 2019 – 2020 Annual Report

2019-20 will forever be one of the most challenging years experienced globally. The COVID-19 pandemic brought many organisations to a standstill, yet it also brought opportunity for incredible resilience, innovation and agility. The strength and tenacity of our cohesive teams allowed for swift, innovative, decisive actions, that ensured our organisation’s ability to adapt to an ever changing platform. Our people are truly passionate professionals that embody a selfless culture, delivering on our mission and championing our values every day.

2019 – 2020 Annual Report

Child Australia 2018 – 2019 Annual Report

Our journey over the last 12 months has seen the organisation grow from strength to strength. We have developed a deep understanding of how we must constantly transform in order to meet the realities and needs of our key stakeholders – the children, their families, and the many dedicated practitioners supporting them. Being an agile organisation with empowered people and innovative practices means that we have been able to see and do things differently.

2018 – 2019 Annual Report

Child Australia 2017 – 2018 Annual Report

Child Australia’s success over the last year has been largely attributed to not only reshaping our internal world, but also in developing, nurturing and working in a genuinely collaborative manner with several strategic partners. Our partnerships enable us to think well beyond our own impact, as collectively we aim to improve developmental outcomes for children.

2017 – 2018 Annual Report

Child Australia 2016 – 2017 Annual Report

An organisation geared for success and growth needs a foundation of values, expertise and purpose that encompasses both its history and the people who make it what it is: the employees, supporters, funders and most importantly – the stakeholders…the children.

2016 – 2017 Annual Report

Child Australia 2015 – 2016 Annual Report

The 2015-16 financial year was characterised by the continued growth of Children’s Integrated Management Services (CIMS), a subsidiary of Child Australia that sees operation of our childcare services. We successfully tendered for Larapinta Early Learning Centre located in Alice Springs on the Larapinta Primary School site which further expands our footprint in the NT. We also launched ‘Wraparound’, a new social enterprise business venture that supports the early to middle childhood learning and development sector.

Child Australia continues to support the formation of Collective Impact initiatives in Western Australia and Northern Territory. Collective Impact is an innovative service delivery approach that is a framework for organisations working collaboratively with the intention of solving complex social problems. Child Australia was instrumental in introducing Collective Impact in 2012 and 2013 respectively and is now involved in several initiatives.

2015 – 2016 Annual Report