As an early childhood professional, Jane Bourne has taught and led within diverse early childhood education and care settings. She is currently the CEO of C&K Childcare & Kindergarten, the largest provider of community-based early childhood education and care services in Queensland. Jane is also the President of ECA’s Queensland Branch.
Jane’s extensive experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for creating leadership models that inspire and promote the best outcomes for children, families and staff.
Professor Karen Thorpe
Karen Thorpe is Deputy Director-Research at the Institute for Social Science Research where she also leads the Childhood Development, Education and Care research group. Her research focus is early childhood education and care environments, particularly the interplay of quality and the workforce. In 2013 and 2019 she was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review for the impact her research has had on educational and family policy.
Associate Professor Susan Irvine
Susan Irvine is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology. Her diverse work experience in the sector includes leadership roles in early childhood education and care service provision, policy and higher education.
Her current research is focused on early childhood education and care policy, leadership and workforce development.