Our core team

Meet the Core Team supporting all efforts with communities and partners to achieve our shared goal.

Dr Michelle Lucas – Executive Director

michellecropMichelle has worked for more than a decade using a collective impact approach to address complex social challenges throughout Australia and Asia, providing embedded backbone support to collaborations and communities.
In her previous position as Director of Collective Impact at Desert Knowledge Australia, Michelle worked specifically with remote and very remote communities to identify aspirations and to improve life outcomes through place‐centred and integrated solutions.
Michelle has a deep commitment to the collective impact approach, which, she believes, keeps local people firmly at the centre of every effort.

Joyce Teo – Operations Manager

joycecropJoyce supports the executives and stakeholders at Opportunity Child, playing an anchor role in the office and in its wider operations. Joyce brings unique skills and experience, as an Executive Assistant and Project Manager in dynamic, start-up environments. She has managed projects and stakeholders at all levels, across multiple disciplines, sectors, and cultures. Joyce holds a Bachelors from The University of Melbourne, and is effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin.

 

Hear directly from Learning Manager, Jess Compton about her role and contribution to
Opportunity Child.

 

 

Kate Simpson – Associate

Kate is an Opportunity Child Associate, providing leadership alongside Executive Director Michelle Lucas. In particular she holds responsibility for our learning and voice strategies.

Collaborative, creative and outcomes focused, Kate spent the last 20 years working with individuals, groups and organisations to make the change they want, in complex settings. She was instrumental in establishing a child focused collective impact intermediary Together SA as its CEO. This organisation provided coaching and support to initiatives across five regions in Australia and worked actively with allies to put the conditions in place across the State for their success.

As a leader and facilitator, Kate specialises in brokering multi stakeholder collaborations, working with groups looking at how to effect change across whole systems and assist individual organisations to manage change to more effectively meet their highest ambitions.

Kate has worked with global partners on World Trade negotiations, with communities and advocates tackling HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, with the UN and donor governments and International NGOs in the interests of disaster affected communities in Asia, Closing the Gap here in Australia and leading organisational change with large not for profits. Specialist coach, trainer and facilitator, Kate has nurtured the development of diverse, inspired and effective leadership teams, ensured key roles for community members and brokered multi stakeholder commitments to change plans and affect political and policy influence.

Prof David Hogan – Data Analyst

Prof David HoganDavid started out in Sydney, completing studies and teaching before heading to the USA for postgraduate work and teaching at the University of Illinois. This was followed by a decade at University of Tasmania (1994 – 2004) and nearly a decade in Singapore (2004 – 2013) contributing to their national education agenda in a wide range of roles. Now living in Queensland he is making a data analyst and policy contribution locally, through Logan Together and nationally through Opportunity Child. He is currently an Honorary Professor in the School of Education and Fellow in the Life Course Centre in the Institute of Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. David has presented alongside other OC Team members to DSS on evaluation and Opportunity Child’s place based collective impact approach.

Rebecca Fry – Impact pillar lead

Rebecca Fry _ OC Impact pillarRebecca is the key contact for the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH)’s impact partnership with Opportunity Child. Rebecca holds responsibility for OC’s impact pillar in her role at the CCCH at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, a partner organisation to Opportunity Child.

She has a particular interest in the use of real-time data, action learning and collaborative networks to accelerate improvement. She has worked closely with policy makers, early childhood services, professionals and other organisations to deliver consultancy, training and support. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing) and is undertaking a Master of Evaluation by research. As well, Rebecca led the redevelopment of early childhood intervention services in Mongolia in her work as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.

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