Troy has over eighteen years’ experience helping leaders in global insurance, banking and technology organisations improve effectiveness and performance. His body of work has spanned customer-experience strategy, change management, leadership and organisational development. In recent years as the Head of Performance, has overseen the design and introduction of a new approach to performance at Telstra and continues to partner with researchers in Australia and North America to study new practices. Over the past two years have been invited to speak at industry forums and consult to a range of organisations, both in the corporate and the education sector.
Troy and his wife Alison live in Port Melbourne and are parents of three from their adult son Adam, daughter Ella and recent birth of baby Jonah. Ella has attended Bubup Womindjeka since 2014.
Troy joined the Board in 2018 and sits on the Leadership Liaison and Finance and Audit Committees.
Board Vice President and Consultative Committee Convener
Emma joined the board in April 2019.
Emma has worked in the finance industry since 2002 and for the past 6 years has worked at a profit-for-member superannuation fund. Her passion lies in helping people understand and take control of their financial lives. Emma has a Degree in Economics & Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She is currently studying the Chartered Financial Analyst program (at a very relaxed pace).
Emma has lived with her partner, Alex in Albert Park since 2013 and they have a daughter, Gisela, who is in Room 4. Gisela is learning to speak Catalan at home as Alex is from Barcelona and the family travel there to see Gisela's grandparents each year.
Emma is very excited to be the new Convenor of the Parent Consultative Committee and to meet lots of keen Bubup parents to get their feedback and suggestions.
Integration Working Party, Governance and Appointments Convenor, People and Culture Committee
Susanne brings to the Board the expertise and experience she has gained from her diverse and extensive career in early childhood education, which includes teaching; service management; working with community organisations and local and state governments as a senior and executive manager; strategic planner; and policy, program, management and governance adviser. More recently Susanne has focused on her early childhood education consultancy service, university teaching, sector training and volunteering. Throughout her career Susanne has been an activist and advocate for children, families, educators, effective early childhood education and social justice. She has served on many boards and committees.
Susanne joined the Board in March 2015 and sits on the Governance and Appointments and People and Culture Committees.
People and Culture Committee Convenor, Finance Committee
A South Melbourne resident for over 20 years Glenn is currently the immediate past President sitting on the Finance and Governance Committees. He joined the Board in 2014, and held the role of President for 3 years to June 2018. Glenn was a community representative on the council advisory committee for the design of our Centre. He has formal qualifications in education, psychology and management and worked in the education and business sectors holding teaching, leadership and consulting roles including serving on numerous boards and committees.
Glenn brings to the Board a strong commitment to social justice, community inclusion and a determination that our service will provide an excellent early years program. He believes that the key to our youngsters developing their potential to the fullest is well-supported committed educators teaching an outcome-driven high quality program.
Cr Bernadene Voss
Board Secretary and Risk Committee
Cr Voss was elected to the City of Port Phillip Council in 2012 and appointed Mayor of Port Phillip in 2015. In these roles she has focused on understanding the needs of the community and working towards building better infrastructure, networks and improving services so that all can thrive in this inner urban environment. A major achievement has been the opening in 2018 of the new Ferrars Street School, catering to rapidly growing demand for primary and secondary schools in the municipality.
Prior to this she was the founder and executive director of a successful Loyalty Marketing and IT Company in Australia and USA. Growing the business from a start-up to raising venture capital and selling the entity to a NASDAQ listed company in 2007 has led to a thorough understanding of business at many stages of their life cycle.
Cr Voss is married with three children. She has lived in Port Melbourne for almost 20 years. Locally, she is busy being an active participant in activities, committees and non-executive positions on company boards around the City of Port Phillip.
Cr Voss has an undergraduate Arts Degree from University of Monash and a Masters in Virtual Communications from RMIT, along with other qualifications in direct marketing, IT and governance. Cr Voss has strong interest in schools, networking, education, health, sport, creative arts, local history and the urban environment. If she is at home she is spending time with her family, friends and her dogs.
Cr Voss is a member of the Risk Committee.
Alex is a Director in the Deloitte Assurance & Advisory Practice and has over 15 years’ experience providing professional services to pre-eminent financial services and non-financial services clients both in Australia and globally. His focus is on governance and conduct, external and internal audit, finance and commercial decision-making and risk and regulatory issues. Alex is an appointed Non Executive Director of the Interchange Group, Advisory Board Member at RMIT University School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, a Victorian Regional Councillor for the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and Non Executive Director at Bubup Womindjeka Family Childcare Centre (BWFCC).
As the Treasurer at BWFCC Alex utilises his experience in finance, auditing, accounting, treasury and management. Alex holds a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Masters of Applied Finance (M App Fin), Graduate Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA), Bachelor of Business (Accounting), RMIT and is a Fellow of FINSIA (F Fin) as part of his role at BWFCC.
Alex and his wife Leo live locally in Port Melbourne and are parents of their 21 month old daughter Violette. Alex, Leo and Violette have attended Bubup Womindjeka’s onsite maternal health nurse since Violette’s birth. Alex joined the Board in 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Alex’s core focus is on leading the continued strong financial management of BWFCC, working closely with Kellie Conner (BWFCC Executive officer) and Nadia McConnell (Business Manager), to allow the centre to invest into its strategic areas of focus whilst maintaining disciplined financial processes and a strong balance sheet for the future of the children’s education.
Tifelle is a skilled and accomplished research chemist and business development manager in the pharmaceutical industry with more than 10 years of experience in industry and academia in France, UK and Australia. She currently works part-time for a UK-based drug discovery company and concurrently holds another part-time role in an investment company in academic research in Parkville.
She moved to Australia in 2017 with her husband, Florian and her two sons, Kaleo and Koni. They are a multicultural family with a background from Germany, France, Vietnam and they lived 8 years in UK before settling in Port Melbourne. Her family enjoys BWFCC’s various services since July 2017 and now with Koni attending Room 5 and Kaleo splitting his week between Room 7 and Almost French.
Having recently completed the AICD Company Director Course, Tifelle is committed to support BWFCC towards its strategic goals to deliver an excellent early years program. Tifelle joined the Board in 2019 and sits on the Governance and Appointments Committee.
Malaya is a highly skilled IT professional with over 20 years’ tenure in the Energy and Technology sector. Her extensive experience in IT includes implementations in ANZ, Asia, Europe, and Scandinavian markets. Malaya brings industry specialisation, global perspective, and technology expertise into highly successful business relationships where she is widely regarded as thought leader and trusted advisor.
Her areas of specialty include Strategy & Architecture, Mobility, and Digital Transformation.
From a young age, Malaya has lived in various countries as part of her family’s work with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian charities. This has instilled in Malaya a deep commitment for community development and social impact particularly in children’s services.
Malaya is passionate about the use of technology in enabling organisations to better serve the communities they operate within.
Malaya and her husband Hamish are proud Port Melbourne locals and are parents to Allegra and Matteo, both of whom attended and completed the Early Years and Kindergarten Programs at Bubup Womindjeka.
Malaya joined the Board in 2019 and sits on the Risk Committee.
Risk Committee Convenor
Tim is a father to two energetic boys that started at Bubup two and a half years ago. He has over fifteen years of professional experience in the energy industry, covering operations, supply, sales and business development. Tim joined the Board in March 2019, is the convenor of the Risk committee, and is passionate about supporting all children and families through the early years.
People and Culture Committee
John has held senior communications, policy and advocacy roles in a number of large companies in addition to having worked in government in both Australia and the UK. He is currently General Manager of Corporate Affairs for Ausnet Services, a large Victorian energy utility company, and he has previously worked for BHP Billiton, Pernod Ricard and Diageo. In these roles he specialised in stakeholder and issues management and providing strategic advice on communications and engagement with all levels of government. His work in government has included roles as political and policy advisor to Australian Federal politicians and as State Policy Manager in Victoria and Chief of Staff in Western Australia. Before moving to Australia he worked as a policy advisor to the British Conservative Party.
John moved to Port Melbourne in 2014 with his partner Katie. Their two children, Bobby and Rose, currently attend Bubup Womindjeka. John is a keen sports fan and, since moving to Port Melbourne, has followed Port Melbourne Football Club and enjoyed taking his kids to watch games at North Port Oval.
John joined the Board in 2018.
Amy has 20 years experience as a lawyer working for statutory authorities, in house and at law firms. Her professional focus has been in workplace injuries, legal advice, alternative dispute resolution and risk. She also has experience through her work and voluntary roles with governance, workplace relations, industrial relations and regulatory issues. She currently works at a national law firm in Melbourne's CBD.
Amy is keenly interested in social justice and has volunteered for womens' legal services. Amy and her husband have two children and Amy has been a member of their childrens' primary school council since 2018. Amy joined the Board at Bubup Womindjeka Family Childcare Centre in June 2020.
Amy will shortly be convening BWFCC's People and Culture Committee, working closely with Glenn Staunton, (BWFCC's current People and Culture Committee Convenor), and the leadership and administration team at the Centre, to achieve BWFCC's strategic goals and positive and responsible outcomes for staff, parents and children at the centre.