Our core team

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

David James – Director

David has taken up the role of Director, Opportunity Child, for the next three months.

David has 30 years’ experience in the business, non-profit and government sectors. His first five years were in the non-government youth sector. Over the last five years, David was Managing Director, Children’s Ground, a national NGO focused on First Nations communities in Australia.

During his decade in business, David led three successful start-ups within the consulting, training and property development spaces.

His decade in the Government included five years in the NSW community services department (including 18 months as Ministerial Senior Policy Adviser) and five years in the Queensland community services department, up to the role of acting Deputy Director- General.


Joyce Teo – Operations Manager

Joyce 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.

 

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.

 

Elaine Deayton – Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Elaine’s role is aligned with all Opportunity Child pillar leads, in particular, Voice.

From the disruption of the NDIS rollout to the cut and thrust of daily political media management, Elaine has over 15 years’ experience as a communications professional. She has worked across state government public affairs, as a political media adviser, in education and in not-for-profit marketing and communications to execute strategy and achieve goals.

Integrating marketing communications, brand management, public relations and storytelling, Elaine has a passion for making a difference. She has a love of words and a particular interest in social justice and communicating for good. With a love a good story, told simply, Elaine is energised by the opportunities to scale up and share the stories of change makers across the Opportunity Child Collective. Let’s do this together for the one in five!

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