Management Team

Tina Holtom


Tina is the Chief Executive Officer at Child Australia and has worked in various senior positions within the Education and Child Development sectors for more than 20 years. Tina is a strategic leader dedicated to innovation, continuous improvement and growth.

Prior to working for Child Australia, Tina owned and operated her own Early Learning Services and consulted widely on best practice models throughout the Education and Care sector, Schools, and various agencies. Tina also worked extensively with children and their families in various therapy settings.

Her career background has also included senior business management roles, teaching, and lecturing positions. Tina has tertiary qualifications in Business Management, Education, and most recently has completed a Masters in Mental Health Science (Child Psychology). Tina is a ferocious advocate for the education and well-being of children of all ages, and strives to nurture and support the parent – child relationship.

As a mother to 2 young boys, Tina has a strong desire to help keep childhood fun, carefree and full of wonder for as long as possible.
Tina is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
For keynote and speaker presentations, Tina’s areas of expertise include:
(across all age groups 0 to 18 – early childhood, childhood & adolescence)

• Childhood Development
• Engaging Families
• Enhancing quality relationships with children and/or families
• Childhood Anxiety
• Toxic Stress and Trauma
• Leadership & Management
• Professional Development


Sara Hinchley

Executive Director, Programs & Services

Sara has worked with Child Australia since 2006 and her executive role oversees the Service Delivery and Programs activities throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She has extensive experience in the Early Childhood Sector as a Qualified Educator, Director, and National Childcare Accreditation Council Validator.

Sara has international experience developing and managing play schemes and sponsored children’s services in the United Kingdom. Her professional interests lie in quality care provision and pedagogical leadership. Sara holds a Diploma in Children’s Services, Cert IV (TAA) and post graduate Qualifications in Business Leadership


Maria Miller

Executive Director, Corporate Services

Maria is a highly experienced finance manager with particular expertise in the not-for-profit and childcare sectors. Maria’s role at Child Australia is to provide financial expertise and guidance, and is responsible for driving and administering the finance activities enabling the organisation to fulfill its mission.

Maria is a qualified accountant and is one unit away from attaining her CPA qualification. She is a strategic thinker with a ‘big picture’ focus who can question the status quo, generate new ideas and always strives to achieve best practice.

Maria volunteers her time and expertise to school and community causes, having young children herself she is passionate to contributing towards improving outcomes for children.


Vicky Absalom-Hornby

Executive Director, Innovation & Business Development

Vicky has spent over 16 years in the UK and Australia working to enhance outcomes for children and young people including clinical roles and positions in various taskforces and steering committees focusing on research, policy, strategy and social impact.

Vicky commenced her career as a psychologist in the national health service, followed by leadership roles in research across public, private and University systems, where she achieved her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Having worked across early childhood, school-age, mental health, education, forensic, not for profit and academic sectors, Vicky brings a wealth of knowledge on child wellbeing & early learning.

Her established networks, thought leadership and ability to ignite passion for child advocacy is influential. Understanding people and the complexities for change, Vicky draws on her extensive marketing and development practice, which will be valuable in her role at Child Australia.


Michelle Dolby

Manager, Practice Improvement NT

Michelle recently moved from Victoria to Darwin with her family. Michelle has two boys aged 14 and 11 and is looking forward to seeing all that Darwin has to offer. Michelle holds an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management and has been fortunate to work across different long day care services in the NT, NSW and Victoria, and has previously opened a new service with an inspired philosophy adapted from Reggio Emilia.

Michelle's passion lies with building respectful relationships with her team, families and children. She holds a strong belief for the rights of children and sees each as an individual. Michelle believes that every child has the right to be heard, and not just seen, and shown the respect we value as adults.