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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

Raj Narayan

Ted Wziontek

Warren Thompson

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Otto Henfling

CEO

Otto is an experienced CEO, senior executive, and Board member 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. His experience includes governance, leadership and management of a high order, and facilitating organisational and cultural change.

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

Otto is committed to supporting the people of Western Sydney and beyond and especially the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals. He has a history of ensuring programmes and support services are culturally sensitive and relevant to the local needs.

Otto:

· Has an MBA (with Distinction) and a Graduate Certificate of Business from Western Sydney University;

· 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).

· Is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of New England in the area of leadership.

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 has been with Growing Potential since 1996. She has lived most of her life in the Blacktown Local Government area and is well placed to understand the evolving community and its needs. Having previously worked in related areas for the Federal Government and Accountancy firms her breath of knowledge allows her to function effectively across Corporate Services and Children’s Services bringing an integrated perspective.

This experience allows her to meet the challenges of the changing funding and regulatory environment of Children’s Services and effectively strengthen the corporate function which underpins the organisation.

Robyn has a strong commitment to creating a cooperative and supportive work environment which empowers staff to develop and grow professionally and personally with a clear understanding of the positive impact this has on  quality child care and education for children.

Dylan Reynolds

Executive General Manager

With formal qualifications in law and political science, Dylan is an experienced executive professional with a diverse work history encompassing senior roles within the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. With a particular passion for organisational business development Dylan brings an innovative and analytical approach to all professional endeavors.

Commencing his career as a political lobbyist with National Peak body organisations, Dylan developed a keen understanding of the inherent challenges faced by businesses in navigating complex legislative and policy frameworks across a range of sectors. It also saw him develop an extensive network of professional contacts.

Since 2006 Dylan has been engaged with senior executive positions within the not-for-profit sector. Within these roles Dylan has achieved significant success through his targeted and strategic approach to the achievement of organisational and business priorities.

Dylan’s proudest achievement remains his successful management of the transition of the Growing Potential Early Childhood Intervention team into the NDIS business environment. This includes establishment of a strong and successful NDIS early intervention service, and the successful establishment of Windaan Aboriginal Services.

Children First acknowledges the traditional custodians and their continued connections to Country and culture throughout Australia.
We pay our respect to these diverse communities and to Elders both past and present.

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