FDCA Board of Directors

The Board of FDCA is focused on the effective governance of the company, including strategic direction, finance, compliance, and risk management. The Board does not manage staff other than the Chief Executive Officer and is not involved in day to day operations.

Further, the Board does not debate the family day care program/policy in any detail, other than how it relates to the strategic direction and leadership of the national peak body.

In line with the constitution, the number of Directors of FDCA shall be a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 11, comprising:

  • A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 6 Member Elected Directors, elected by the Members in accordance with the constitution: and
  • a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Board Appointed Directors, appointed by the Board in accordance Constitution

Phil Naylor
Board Chair

Phil Naylor is one of Australia's most respected association leaders.

Phil has spent more than 30 years establishing, developing, representing and lobbying on behalf of key national and state based associations, including the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, the Australian Retailers Association, the Retailers Association of Queensland and the Retail Traders Association of NSW. He has also had experience as either Chair or Director of various boards in the not-for-profit sector, including LIXI, the mortgage industry's electronic standards body, REST, one of  Australia's leading industry superannuation schemes, and  Credit Ombudsman Services Ltd (COSL), the ASIC recognised External Disputes Resolution Scheme for the credit industry.

Sarah Fowler
Deputy Board Chair

Sarah has worked in the not-for-profit early childhood sector for the past 18 years, including working as a family day care educator for five years, during which time she was awarded the inaugural 2012 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Educator of the Year Award.

Sarah is currently the Executive Director of Northern Territory based Family Day Care Service; Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care Inc. 

Since her appointment as Executive Director, Kentish has attained the Northern Territory Family Day Care Service of the Year Award 2014, 2015 and 2016, and in 2015 Kentish was awarded the prestigious Excellence rating through ACECQA.

Sarah has vast governance experience and is a current member of the Australian Institute of Community Directors, Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Business (Governance) and is currently enrolled in and working towards a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Management) at Charles Darwin University.

Edward Burrell

Edward Burrell
Board Director

Edward Burrell is a Senior Legal Counsel at Lendlease and former Special Counsel at Clyde & Co.

Edward has worked as a practicing lawyer for more than 10 years and has developed extensive expertise across key aspects of insurance law, risk, claims, coverage and compliance. Through his work with FDCA in his former role as Special Counsel at Clyde & Co, Edward has developed a very strong working knowledge of the regulatory framework, along with the legal, financial, contractual and operational frameworks surrounding the family day care system.

The diversity of Edward's experience has afforded strong skills sets across advocacy and negotiation, management and communication, and the ability to work in complex and time sensitive environments.

Phillipa Hargrave
Board Director

Phillipa is the Assistant Director Children’s Services at  Communities@Work Family Day Care and In Home Care in the ACT and NSW.  Her experience over the past 25 years spans across the not-for-profit sector of early education and care services.

Previously a family day care educator herself, Phillipa’s knowledge and experience offers invaluable insight into the sector.  Under her leadership, Communities@Work Family Day Care scheme has been named the National Winner at the Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

In addition to managing the service Phillipa also contributes to assisting families in sourcing emergency care, across all education and care sectors in the ACT.

Phillipa currently holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and Certificate IV Leadership and Management.

Tamzin Lee
Board Director

Tamzin is a Barrister based at Murray Chambers in the Northern Territory.

While she practices primarily in criminal, family, and child protection law, Tamzin is passionate about ensuring the protection and recognition of the rights of young people in the Law and legal system.

Tamzin has worked in a number of remote communities in the Northern Territory, and is committed to the principal that quality education and care should be available to all children.

In addition to her legal qualifications Tamzin holds a Bachelor of international business.


Fiona Pattinson
Board Director

Fiona was recently appointed as a member-elected Director in November and has worked in the sector for more than 34 years. Fiona has gained a breadth of experience across all dimensions of early childhood working in a variety of early childhood services, including preschool, long day care and family day care.

In 2016 Fiona joined Greater Hume Children Services as Playgroup/Support Coordinator with Family Day Care and is now Team Leader. Fiona has successfully managed and led the coordination unit delivering family day care services across a large geographical area in southern New South Wales and north-eastern Victoria.

During 2019 in response to community needs in the Greater Hume Shire, Fiona continued to lead and expand the family day care service, whilst establishing two centre based services using a nature play based philosophy.


Priscilla Schwanz
Board Director

Appointed to the Family Day Care Australia Board in November 2011, Priscilla has been a family day care educator for 34 years. Priscilla holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and is the Vice President of the Family Day Care Educators Association of South Australia.
Priscilla attends considerable training workshops to enhance her knowledge of the FDC Industry and assists and mentors other educators including those from multicultural backgrounds.

Priscilla is proactive in her working and community life. “I believe in being involved in the interests of the children in my care and within the wider community, and support them while in my home, at kindergarten and as they transition to school. Therefore I spend time with them as they begin each and every phase of their learning years and beyond.”

Georgina Zadelj

Georgina Zadelj
Board Director

Georgina has worked in the early child care sector for the past 17 years, including a period as a centre based director, but it was 10 years ago that Georgina found her true passion when she began working as a family day care educator. Georgina was awarded the 2013 National Educator of the Year Award and was again a national finalist in the 2017 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.  

Family day care has been Georgina's platform for connecting with her community; regularly collaborating and forming partnerships, building secure and respectful relationships and providing quality outcomes for children through participation, fund raising and community events.

Georgina prides herself on educating and inspiring children in making a difference.


Board responsibilities

The Board’s role is to:

  • Craft the mission, vision and values of the organisation
  • Set, approve and amend governance policies and delegate the responsibility for implementation to the Chief Executive Officer
  • Recruit, hire, evaluate, guide and manage the Chief Executive Officer; determine the remuneration package for the Chief Executive Officer
  • Ensure compliance with established regulations
  • Review financial statements, approve the budget and ensure that the financial assets of the organisation are safeguarded and used appropriately
  • Offer input and approve the strategic plan. Thereafter, monitor the progress towards the achievement of the goals and objectives set out in the strategic plan
  • Review the composition of the Board, including performance and refreshment

The Board can be reached via email at board@fdca.com.au.