Board President and Governance and Appointments Convenor
Gilda Howard is a consultant specialising in governance and management within the early childhood sector and is passionate about the need for excellent governance to ensure better outcomes for children and their families. She has both education and management expertise and qualifications with a Master of Education (Educational Leadership & Management) and Diploma of Business (Governance). With her professional learning including the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gilda has held several leadership roles both at an operational and strategic level. She was the CEO of Gowrie Victoria, the inaugural CEO of Bubup Womindjeka Family & Children Centre and the inaugural Chair of Glen Eira Kindergarten Association Inc.
Gilda has substantial experience and a long, valued association within the early childhood, education and care sector as an educator, manager, trainer, mentor and consultant. In recognition of her contribution to the sector she was awarded a life membership of Gowrie Victoria. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.
Gilda’s connection with BWFCC began in 2013 during the establishment of the service and she is pleased to be returning to the organisation as a board member and is looking forward to sharing her expertise and being part of the continued growth of the organisation.
Adrian was born and raised on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and is a proud resident of neighbouring West Melbourne. He brings over 25 years experience across the human services and education sectors, specialising in supporting children and young people with additional needs and their families at a direct practice, policy development and senior leadership level. His career has involved working with at-risk young people involved with child protection; managing disability and acquired brain injury case management teams; leading statewide early childhood intervention programs and emergency management response initiatives; and more recently in helping shape the Victorian government's inclusive education reform agenda.
As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a double degree in Psychology and Social Work, Adrian’s approach to strategic leadership, governance, policy creation and people development is informed by an ethical commitment to social justice, human rights and equitable education. His dedication to creating systems that grow engaged, capable and confident young learners and families is strengths-focused and dedicated to fostering a belonging culture…..a place where everyone is valued for the skills and qualities they bring, and empowered to grow those skills in ways they can use to influence change in their other communities.
Since joining the Board in May of 2021, Adrian has become a member of the Governance & Appointments and Finance & Audit Committees and he is committed to supporting the ongoing stewardship of Bubup Womindjeka for the benefit of all its children, families, staff, and the broader community of Port Melbourne.
Convenor of People and Culture Committee
Troy has over twenty years experience helping leaders in global insurance, banking and technology organisations improve culture, effectiveness, capability and performance. His body of work has spanned a range of disciplines including customer-experience strategy, change management, leadership and organisational development.
Troy holds post graduate qualifications in commerce and human resource management and is completing the Company Directors Course as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Following twelve years at Australia’s largest telecommunication company, Troy continues to consult to a range of organisations in the corporate, government and education sectors and a regular contributor at industry forums on workplace culture and performance.
As a parent and local resident, Troy has been involved with the centre since 2014, with his youngest child continuing to attend Bubup Womindjeka.
Troy joined the Board as an ordinary member in February 2018, and shortly after appointed as President. He sits on the Board Leadership Committee.
Alex is a Director in the Deloitte Assurance & Advisory Practice and has over 15 years’ experience providing professional services to pre-eminent financial services and non-financial services clients both in Australia and globally. His focus is on governance and conduct, external and internal audit, finance and commercial decision-making and risk and regulatory issues. Alex is an appointed Non Executive Director of the Interchange Group, Advisory Board Member at RMIT University School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, a Victorian Regional Councillor for the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and Non Executive Director at Bubup Womindjeka Family Childcare Centre (BWFCC).
As the Treasurer at BWFCC Alex utilises his experience in finance, auditing, accounting, treasury and management. Alex holds a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Masters of Applied Finance (M App Fin), Graduate Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA), Bachelor of Business (Accounting), RMIT and is a Fellow of FINSIA (F Fin) as part of his role at BWFCC.
Alex and his wife Leo live locally in Port Melbourne and are parents of their 21 month old daughter Violette. Alex, Leo and Violette have attended Bubup Womindjeka’s onsite maternal health nurse since Violette’s birth. Alex joined the Board in 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Alex’s core focus is on leading the continued strong financial management of BWFCC, working closely with Kellie Conner (BWFCC Executive officer) and Nadia McConnell (Business Manager), to allow the centre to invest into its strategic areas of focus whilst maintaining disciplined financial processes and a strong balance sheet for the future of the children’s education.
Bernadene Voss has been the Council representative on the board of Bubup Womindjeka since it’s inception and had a key role in the design of the building and the governance set up of the centre. Bernadene remains on the board as an ordinary member since retiring from Council in October 2020.
Bernadene Voss was elected to the City of Port Phillip Council in 2012 and appointed Mayor of Port Phillip in 2015 and has been Mayor 4 times. In these roles she has focused on understanding the needs of the community and working towards building better infrastructure, networks and improving services so that all can thrive in this inner urban environment. A major achievement has been the opening in 2018 of the new Ferrars Street School, catering to rapidly growing demand for primary and secondary schools in the municipality.
Prior to this she was the founder and executive director of a successful Loyalty Marketing and IT Company in Australia and USA. Growing the business from a start-up to raising venture capital and selling the entity to a NASDAQ listed company in 2007 has led to a thorough understanding of business at many stages of their life cycle.
Bernadene Voss is married with three children. She has lived in Port Melbourne for almost 20 years. Locally, she is busy being an active participant in activities, committees and non-executive positions on company boards around the City of Port Phillip.
Bernadene Voss has an undergraduate Arts Degree from University of Monash and a Masters of Arts in Virtual Communications from RMIT, along with other qualifications in direct marketing, AICD, IT and governance. Bernadene has strong interest in schools, networking, education, health, sport, creative arts, local history and the urban environment. If she is at home she is spending time with her family, friends and her dogs.
Bernadene Voss is a member of the Risk Committee and is the Bubup Womindjeka Company Secretary.
Board Secretary and Risk Committee
Malaya is a highly skilled IT professional with over 20 years’ tenure in the Energy and Technology sector. Her extensive experience in IT includes implementations in ANZ, Asia, Europe, and Scandinavian markets. Malaya brings industry specialisation, global perspective, and technology expertise into highly successful business relationships where she is widely regarded as thought leader and trusted advisor.
Her areas of specialty include Strategy & Architecture, Mobility, and Digital Transformation.
From a young age, Malaya has lived in various countries as part of her family’s work with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian charities. This has instilled in Malaya a deep commitment for community development and social impact particularly in children’s services.
Malaya is passionate about the use of technology in enabling organisations to better serve the communities they operate within.
Malaya and her husband Hamish are proud Port Melbourne locals and are parents to Allegra and Matteo, both of whom attended and completed the Early Years and Kindergarten Programs at Bubup Womindjeka.
Malaya joined the Board in 2019 and sits on the Risk Committee.
Risk Committee Convenor
Tim has over fifteen years experience in the energy industry with significant experience covering hydrocarbon supply-chains, operations of distribution and logistics activities, energy sales and major project and business development. Tim brings his first-hand experience and expertise in identifying, mitigating and managing risk to the Bubup organisation to ensure that the organisation meets its strategic and operational objectives. Tim holds a Bachelor of Information Systems and a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim lives locally in Port Melbourne with his young family and his association with the centre started in 2017 when his children commenced Early Years and Kindergarten Programs at Bubup Womindjeka. Tim joined the Board in April 2019 and was appointed, and continues to be, the convenor of the Risk Committee. Tim is a passionate supporter of early years education to ensure that all children and families are supported throughout the early years
Peter has recently retired from teaching after 19 years as principal at Port Melbourne Primary School. Prior to that he was Assistant Principal at St Kilda Primary School and also has extensive experience as a secondary teacher. He was a member of the Executive of the now defunct St Bedes Early Learning Centre in Elwood for six years serving as Treasurer and Chairperson. He has a breadth of experience in Board governance in community organisations and sporting clubs including having served on the Board of the Science Teachers Association of Victoria for ten years (three years as Board President) and for the past six years has been the Vice President of the Port Melbourne Colts Junior Football Club.
Jamie is a barrister, with a broad practice in commercial and public law. He has particular experience in contentious insolvency, banking and finance, and government administration matters. Jamie has over a decade’s experience in the legal sector, having practiced both in New Zealand and Australia within a number of local, national and international law firms, before commencing sole practice in 2018. He continues to maintain a practice in both New Zealand and Australia.
He previously sat on the board of a New Zealand registered charity, providing building and construction services in Africa and Thailand.
Outside of legal practice, Jamie is a registered civil celebrant. He lives in Port Melbourne, and has a child attending the centre.
Alisha has over 15 years of loyalty, marketing and partnership experience across the oil, retail and finance sectors within Australia and New Zealand. She currently leads loyalty for a big four bank including partnerships with some of the biggest loyalty programs in Australia. Alisha holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Enterprise Development and Management from Massey University. Alisha joined the board in 2022 and was appointed the convenor of the consultative committee, providing the conduit between the board and the parents who attend the centre.
Outside of her loyalty career, Alisha has a successful podcast sharing stories of Australian women who have embarked on motherhood on their own terms, having a child alone via donor conception. She lives in Port Melbourne and has a child attending the centre