Prior to joining Our Place, Sean spent more than 20 years working in the natural resources sector across a range of international locations including 8 years living in Singapore and Canada.
During the latter part of his career, Sean has held progressively senior roles in BHP, culminating in three years in BHP’s head office in Melbourne where he led corporate planning and global strategy teams through a period of significant organisational change. In addition to senior executive experience, Sean also brings skills in people leadership, strategy, planning, business development, financial analysis & project development.
His decision to join Our Place is motivated by a strong desire to make a meaningful and positive impact in the lives of children and families in disadvantaged communities. Sean also sees tremendous potential for Our Place to influence systemic change that can lead to improved outcomes for all disadvantaged communities. Sean holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration.
The Our Place Model is the culmination of June’s experience and expertise developed over a career in policy and service development, research and practice in early childhood, family support and children’s services.
At Doveton since the very beginning, June has brought her vision and passion for the refocusing of early years and other services to provide more integrated support for families with young children.
June now leads the expansion of the Our Place initiative into our 10 new sites, working with local stakeholders to create the foundations for success and building capacity within the team to progress this work.
Alex leads the evaluation of the Our Place approach, capturing evidence about the progress and impact of Our Place’s work with communities. Before joining Our Place in 2018, Alex accumulated experience in evaluation and research positions within the not-for-profit, local government, and community sectors. Drawing upon a background in social research, a Sociology doctorate, and a valued affiliation with Monash University, Alex contributes a wealth of expertise to the team.
Rujuta joined Colman Education Foundation since 2019 as a Senior Commercial Analyst. Rujuta brings over 10 years of experience working across Education and Mental Health sectors specialising in data analysis and business process improvements. Working in her current role as Senior Commercial Analyst, Rujuta looks after the financial reporting, budgeting as well as assisting with HR and Admin processes.
Frances joined Our Place in October 2021 to support the organisation’s work on systems change, government relations as well as site leadership. Having worked with Our Place as a partner for the past two years, Frances was drawn to the organisation’s values, evidence-based approach and innovative practice in addressing entrenched disadvantage.
Frances has held leadership roles in the Victorian and Australian Public Service. Prior to joining Our Place, she worked as Director of Place Based Reform and Delivery in the Victorian Government, leading a team to identify how government can work differently with communities to address long term issues of disadvantage. She has previously worked in international development and foreign affairs roles in Polynesia and Micronesia, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation and humanitarian policy.
Daniel has extensive marketing and communications experience, including senior roles at a leading education provider and a not-for-profit organisation that cares for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
As a member of the leadership team at Very Special Kids, Daniel worked with the organisation’s leaders to create strategic communications plans and managed the implementation with fundraising and service staff. He was responsible for engaging with a wide range of external stakeholder groups, including corporate sponsors, government departments, media partners, community fundraisers and the children and families receiving services.
In his role at Carey Baptist Grammar School, Daniel was responsible for developing and implementing communications plans to ensure positive community engagement, achieve enrolment targets and generate philanthropic support. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Communications.
Prior to joining Our Place, Kallie worked for Teach For Australia, most recently in the role of General Manager – Program, where she oversaw the end to end activities of the Leadership program. During the ten years with Teach For Australia, Kallie also held various other senior roles as well as acting in the role of CEO for almost a year. Kallie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Masters of Education Administration.
Kallie also brings other relevant experience and diverse experience to the role including: Head of English Faculty, VCE Coordinator and a secondary school teacher; delivery of language services through RMIT University’s English language centre through roles that involved marketing and sales as well as managing offshore operations; and working for CSIRO to project manage the prototyping of a hybrid electric vehicle.
Having had exposure to commercial, education and not for profit sector has provided diverse experiences and insights that are transferable to Our Place.
Margaret joined the Our Place team in 2019 as Manager Implementation Support. Margaret is inspired by the Our Place approach to supporting changed futures in local communities through education and learning opportunities.
Drawing on learnings from many years working in Education, Employment Services, Service Coordination and partnership brokerage Margaret is supporting the expansion of the Our Place approach to more sites across Victoria.
Elfie has spent her career working in Early Childhood Education and has recently been appointed as Director of Services, Early Years at Our Place. Our Place is a philanthropic organisation that advocates place-based approaches to supporting education, health and development of all children and families in communities experiencing disadvantage. Her key responsibility is to support and further develop approaches that enhance high quality early learning and identify and strengthen policy development opportunities within early years.
Elfie has previously worked as the manager of the Early Childhood Improvement Branch within the Department of Education and has an in-depth knowledge of early childhood reforms, the function and responsibilities required by the Department, the sector, and key stakeholders. Through prior experience both in managing the Early Childhood Branch, her time in the Quality Assessment and Regulation Division, and her many years working as a Kindergarten teacher/Educational Leader Elfie has a broad range of knowledge and experience from various perspectives.
Elfie is passionate about early years education and the opportunity that quality education provides to children, families and communities.