Playgroup Queensland is governed by a skills-based Board of Directors who bring to the organisation professional expertise in a number of areas including business, finance, human resource management, technology, marketing and communications, and governance and risk. The Board leads Playgroup Queensland’s strategic direction and takes responsibility for the organisation’s compliance and reporting to governing bodies such as the Office of Fair Trading and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The Board of Directors is selected by independent nominations and elected by membership at the Annual General Meeting. Interim vacancies are filled through expressions of interest.
Gloria Sherlock, Chair
Gloria’s professional career spans over 20 years in a variety of roles including accountant, business analyst, e-Risk consultant and regional administration manager. At an executive level, Gloria’s key responsibilities have included project management, system implementations, auditing and governance, policies and procedures, change management, accounting, training and administration. Gloria a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Certificate in Governance and Risk from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Gloria is the primary contact person for two local playgroups, where she continues to take her boys while also assisting her local community. Gloria feels privileged to be part of such a dynamic, charitable organisation that connects children, families and communities through play.
Jane Bourne, Director
Jane Bourne is a highly regarded expert in Early Childhood Education and Care, with more than four decades of experience to her name. She has held a variety of senior management and executive positions in both profit and not-for-profit organisations. Jane is a former Chief Executive Officer of C&K Childcare and Kindergarten and Lady Gowrie Queensland and is a highly regarded National expert in Early Childhood Education and Care. In 2020 Jane was the winner of the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education Outstanding Alumni Award. She is also a Director on the National Board of Directors of Early Childhood Australia (ECA).
Christine Chew, Director
Christine was appointed to the Playgroup Queensland Board in 2014. She has been a Board Member of Playgroup Victoria since 2009 and a Member of their Nominations and Risk and Audit Committees. She has experience in financial controlling, management and cost accounting in the food manufacturing industry, food and beverage and hospitality industries and in the not-for-profit sector. Christine is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is a member of CPA Australia. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business (Professional Accounting) from Victoria University. She also has a Certificate in Governance and Risk from the Governance Institute of Australia. Christine is a mother of four and passionately believes in play-based learning and the beneficial developmental outcomes of playgroups to children, families and communities.
Janice Elsley, Director
Janice Elsley brings to the Board experience in shaping teams to meet strategic business objectives. Janice has built a reputation over the past 14 years for creating teams and establishing environments that make strategic goals a reality. Drawing upon qualifications in psychology, human resources and law, and more recently neuroscience and leadership, Janice has worked in both the public and private sectors in small, medium and large enterprise. As a certified HR Practitioner through the National Certification Council and a current member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, she prides herself on taking an holistic approach to balance the needs of the business and individuals to foster peak performance. Janice is an accomplished organisational change and project manager and transformational leader who is passionate about helping organisations achieve successful project delivery that creates business value.
James Farrell, Director
James Farrell OAM is General Manager, Advocacy at Cancer Council Queensland, where he leads the organisation’s advocacy and policy reform, to enable its vision of a cancer-free future.
James was Director of Community Legal Centres Queensland from 2013 to 2019, and has worked as a lawyer in community services and corporate practice. James has volunteered with community legal centres, arts organisations, family relationship services, neighbourhood houses and disability services. In 2014, James received a Churchill Fellowship and he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community, particularly social welfare and legal access programs.
James and his wife Amanda have two primary school-aged children, and he joined the Playgroup Queensland board in May 2020 to support its work building parenting skills and connecting families to create strong and sustainable communities.
Simon Moore, Director
Simon Moore is a not-for-profit specialist with over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and primary health care sectors, over 13 years in membership organisations, and seven years as a part of executive leadership teams. His governance experience spans six years in the not-for-profit health sector with almost five years as company secretary of a large charity. Simon’s experience includes establishing new entities and governance structures, membership engagement and facilitating constitutional change, transfer of staff, intellectual property, and assets, novation and assignment of Federal Government funding contracts, subcontracts, leases and supplier agreements, and developing plans and timelines to wind down redundant entities. He holds a Graduate Diploma Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute Australia, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jane Won, Director
Jane Won is highly qualified marketing and communications strategist with over 20 years’ experience in corporate brand and marketing, corporate communications, stakeholder and community engagement, and media relations. She has held senior leadership roles with the State Government, the engineering and construction industry, as well as national media. Jane has significant stakeholder management experience working with a range of external stakeholders including industry, community and not-for-profit organisations, having worked on the community engagement and communications aspects of many major infrastructure projects across Australia and overseas. She holds a Graduate Diploma Company Directors from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and is a member of the International Association of Public Practitioners (IPA2). As a parent, Jane is a strong advocate for child play support for all types of traditional and non-traditional carers such as working mothers, stay-at-home fathers, grandparents, nannies and other family members.