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We believe that all children have a right to the best start in life so that they can create a better future for themselves and their community.

All community members are entitled to quality teaching and learning.

We will continue to place a specific emphasis on experiential learning and recognise the importance of communication and language development.

We will continue to believe in the importance of social and emotional development.

We recognise that families are children’s first and most influential educators, and we will work with them collaboratively in the development of all our children.

We will continue to assert and enable children’s rights to have access to education that lays the foundation for life long learning and maximizes their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages.

We will continue to recognize children’s rights to play and be active participants in all matters affecting their lives.

We commit to improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and all the children in our harder to reach communities within Australia.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Growing Potential is elected by members of the company. The Board determines policy for the operation of the company and the conduct of its members. These decisions are binding on all employees
The Board comprises people who are committed to providing high quality children’s services and programs for the community.

Growing Potential Board Members:

Alan Cunningham

Carolanne Vella

Kylie Bojarski

Nicholas McGrath

Raj Narayan

Ted Wziontek

Warren Thompson

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Otto Henfling

CEO

Otto is an experienced CEO and senior executive in the Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector and has been the CEO of Growing Potential Ltd since October 2014.

Otto has worked in the NFP, social services sector at senior executive and CEO levels since 2005 having left a successful career in the Australian Government Public Service including 6 years in Canberra within the Social Security portfolios.

Otto’s experience includes governance, leadership and management of a high order, and facilitating organisational and cultural change. He has a record of developing staff beyond what they think they are capable of.

Otto has a strong reputation for community consultation to ensure services being delivered are meeting local needs and his experience in the community sector allows him to talk with authority about the issues facing non-government organisations affecting and implementing social policy.

Otto is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals. He has a history of ensuring programmes are culturally sensitive and relevant to the local needs. He has demonstrated a commitment to develop and hone capabilities and expertise within Indigenous communities, groups and individuals.

Otto is also an experienced NFP Board member as well as being a:

  • Graduate of Western Sydney University (GradDipBus)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD);
  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA);
  • Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML);

He has recently completed an MBA through Western Sydney University.

Otto’s passion for community means he always puts people first and is continually looking for new ways to make a difference in the lives of families and children in the Western Sydney area and beyond.

Robyn Inskip

Executive General Manager

Robyn Inskip is a dedicated senior executive in the Not-For-Profit sector who has been with Growing Potential, trading as Children First, since 1996. One of our longest-standing members, Robyn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Growing Potential and the Children’s Services sector.

After graduating from Business College in 1981, she worked for a Chartered Accountancy firm before taking up a role with the Federal Government where she worked in the Children’s Services areas particularly Child Care Benefit and Child Disability Allowances. Here, her expertise and passion grew for making a difference in the lives of children of all abilities through services in the community.

Having lived most of her life in the Blacktown Local Government area and being actively engaged in the community, she gains important insights to help identify needs to grow the potential of families and children in the area. She is committed to the provision of quality early childhood services and is passionate about providing access to care, education and early intervention for all children.

Promoting the values of our company, Robyn seeks to make Growing Potential an employer of choice by maximising the full potential of each staff member.

 

Dylan Reynolds

Executive General Manager

Dylan is an experienced executive professional with a diverse work history encompassing senior roles within a range of private and NGO organisations. With extensive experience managing complex large-scale project teams, Dylan brings an innovative and analytical perspective in all professional areas.

Since 2006 Dylan has successfully worked in a range of Senior management and executive roles within the human services area. These include 3 years as the Policy and Community Development Manager for NSW largest Aboriginal Children Service. It also encompassed 5 in the peak body organisation for disability organisations leading capacity building business development projects prepare the sector for the transition of the NDIS.

With exceptional professional networks within the human services space at both a State and National level, Dylan’s real strengths include project management, business development, strategic planning, quality management, staff development and change management. Dylan’s professional background also enables him to talk with authority in matters regarding social policy development, legislative frameworks and sector advocacy.

With a passion for forging cross-sectoral partnerships and identifying sustainable pathways to achieve growth and development, Dylan brings an innovative business-driven approach to the Family Services portfolio.

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