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.


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.


Casey Girdlestone

Manager of Practice Improvement, WA

Casey has previously Directed both of our WA Early Learning Services and achieved an Exceeding rating while the Director of our Lockridge Campus.

As an Aboriginal woman Casey strongly believes in championing the rights of all children and providing families a culturally safe environment to engage in. Casey spends time advocating for the rights of First Nations People and working towards universal access of Early Education for all children.

Casey oversees and supports our Lockridge Campus WA, Harrisdale Early Learning WA and Nightcliff Campus NT and project work within WA.


Beth Woodward

Special Projects Manager

Beth comes to Child Australia with 15 years of experience in project/ program management and a passion for working to achieve greater outcomes for children and families, through the empowerment of people at a local level.

Starting her professional life as an applied cultural heritage / native title anthropologist, Beth soon shifted her focus to the areas of social impact, community development, early childhood development and mental health. Beth has worked at senior levels across a range of sectors including state government, not-for-profit, the arts and industry in WA and the NT, and considers herself fortunate to have spent much of her career in remote and regional communities. A strategic and creative thinker, Beth thrives on diversity and working with people from all walks of life.

Being a working parent to two small boys has strengthened Beth’s resolve to see community-centred initiatives come to life and make sustainable positive impacts for families, through effective collaboration, planning, implementation, and evaluation.


Susan Murray

People and Culture Manager

Susan has Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and brings over ten years of HR experience to the role of People and Culture Manager.

Originally from Canada, where she worked across various industries, she moved to Australia with her husband and three kids in 2016. For the last few years, she has mainly worked in the not for profit sector in Aged Care prior to joining the team at Child Australia.

Susan is passionate about ensuring that the employee experience is positive. She feels strongly that employees should look forward to going to work each day and she likes to embed programs and processes that help create a positive work environment.


Dale Wright

Manager of ICT and Digital Transformation

Dale is a experienced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Transformation Manager with a demonstrated history of working across a broad range of sectors including the Education, Not-For-Profit, Government and private sector throughout the UK and Australia.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Open Information Technology Systems, Dale also holds a Higher National Diploma in Software Engineering, a Higher National Certificate in Business Information Systems and PRINCE 2 project management formal qualifications.

Dale has recently completed his under graduate certificate in Management and Leadership from the Deakin University and is looking to commence the masters program at the start of 2022.