Our People

Meg Mendham

Chief Executive Officer

Meg joined CCSA in May 2014. Meg has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and has worked in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector for over 25 years, with direct service delivery experience in Long day Care, Multipurpose Centres, Preschools and Mobile Children’s Services as an Early Childhood Teacher and Director. Meg also has extensive experience in governance and management having held various executive positions on State and National boards. As CEO, Meg is responsible for leading the organisation, implementing the Strategic Plan and advocating for members services. Meg is a participant on steering committees, forums, and reference groups working with government departments at all levels and other peak organisations on the development of regulations, policy and funding models for early childhood services.

John Stuart

General Manager

John joined CCSA in 2019. John holds a Masters Degree in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Administration, Diploma in Teaching and Nursing qualifications. After a career in nursing, John moved into executive management, first as a General Manager and most recently as CEO in the health sector. In the role of General Manager John is focused on reporting, human resources management, financial management, information technology and assists with business development including overseeing our contracts.

John Gunn

Resources and Engagement Coordinator

John holds a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies, as well as being a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College. John joined CCSA in 2011, after 24 years as an Army Officer and then working as a Business/Operations manager in various not-for-profit organisations from 2005. John’s role is focused on compliance and contract delivery, and on resource development for delivering our programs.

Ian Alchin

Services Development Manager

Ian has a B. Ed. M. Comm. (Employment Relations) and is currently a PhD Candidate. Ian Joined CCSA in 2009 and has over 35 years experience in children’s services and has held positions of teacher, Director and CEO, across many different service types and organisations. In his current role, Ian instigates and co-ordinates the development and delivery of projects, consultancies and new business opportunities. He provides organisational support for early childhood business operations, governance, management, workplace relations and professional practice.

Blake Stewart

Member Services Engagement Officer

Blake joined CCSA in March 2021. Blake holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth – 5 years) and a Dual Diploma in Leadership and Management. Over the past 8 years, Blake has gained extensive experience across various roles including an Early Childhood Teacher, Educational Leader, Preschool Director and mentoring other Preschools. Blake’s role at CCSA will include developing new member business opportunities, leading campaigns, assist in resource development, consultancy and training and funded projects.

Amanda Marco

Administration Coordinator

Amanda joined CCSA in 2011, having previously worked as receptionist, administrator, travel and training coordinator and personal assistant. In her current role, Amanda assists the Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Management team as well as supporting the Membership and Business Solutions teams. Amanda is responsible for the administration of projects funded by the Department of Education, and is the first point of contact for all our members.

Debbie Lord

Administration Officer

Debbie joined CCSA in 2016. Debbie has a Business Administration Cert III and previously worked for RailCorp providing support to field staff and management, and in casual administration positions in the public school system. Debbie has experience in general office management, procurement support and records management. Debbie provides administration support to the CCSA Operations Manager and the Sector Support Project, as well as well as undertaking general office duties for the CCSA office.

Michelle Moore

Communications Coordinator

Michelle joined CCSA in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Design (Graphic) and is a marketing specialist. Michelle has worked in Marketing for over 15 years, having been the head of design for Westminster City Council for two years, and has extensive marketing campaign experience for corporate and small businesses. Michelle is responsible for developing and implementing CCSA’s communication strategy, including social media strategy and implementation, website updates, producing marketing materials and upkeep of the CCSA brand.

Shauna Fayers

Policy Officer

Shauna has a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Personnel Management. Shauna joined CCSA in 2006, with a background in Human Resources Management and policy development in the NSW public sector. Shauna is responsible for the development and maintenance of the CCSA website, and for preparing communication and resources for our members.



Helena Hyssett

Member Support Manager

Helena joined CCSA as a Member Support Officer in 2005. Helena has a Bachelor of Arts (Australasian politics and modern European history), and has previous experience in accounting and as a volunteer family day care and out of school hours care committee member. In 2018 Helena moved to the role of Member Support Manager. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the Member Support team who provide innovative and sustainable information in various formats to member services of CCSA.

Kathy Whalan

Member Support Officer

Kathy has extensive experience in Member Support, having commenced with CCSA in 2001. She has been an administration assistant, and along with her member support role, she has been a conference organiser, database manager and website contributor. Kathy knows CCSA’s members well and understands the unique environment that early childhood services must operate within.

Mark Kellett

Member Support Officer

Mark joined CCSA in 2016. After a 20 year career in the State Public Service, Mark chose a new path and began working in early education and care in the Illawarra Region and then in the Coordination Unit of a family day care scheme in the Blue Mountains. Mark has a comprehensive knowledge of the National Quality Framework and legislative requirements for early childhood education and care and is pleased to be able to continue supporting services, children and families in his role as a Member Support Officer.

Natalie Peen

Member Support Officer

Natalie Peen joined our member Support Team in 2019. Natalie has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood (Child and Family) and a Diploma of Community Services (Children Services). She has 12 years experience working in the Education and Care sector as a long day care Educator and Nominated Supervisor combined with 3 years experience working in the Employment Services industry. Natalie is happy that she is able to assist our members to provide quality outcomes for children and families through her role as a Member Support officer.

Vikki Jones

Chief Financial Officer

Vikki joined CCSA in May 2020. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Master of Accountancy and is a CPA.

Vikki has extensive experience in financial management at a senior level in the government and not for profit sectors. She had held positions of Financial Manager and Financial Controller across numerous government agencies as well as CFO for a NSW government department. Most recently Vikki held the position of CFO/Deputy CEO for an Aged Care Provider.

In her role as CFO, Vikki is focused on financial management and reporting, and on improving the financial performance of CCSA.   She is also the manager of the Business Solutions Team.

Lorraine McCormick

Payroll Administrator

Lorraine has an Advanced Diploma of Business (Accounting) and is a BAS Agent. Lorraine joined CCSA in 2012. Prior to this Lorraine worked as a small business bookkeeper in the construction industry. In her current role, Lorraine is responsible for managing the Business Solutions team’s payroll processing functions.

Lauren Ball

Bookkeeping Administrator

Lauren joined CCSA in March 2021. Lauren holds a Masters in Professional Accounting and another in Management. With over 20 years accounting experience, Lauren has had exposure across various industries including travel & tourism, Higher Education, labour hire and not-for-profits. In her current role, Lauren is responsible for managing the Business Solutions team’s processing of bookkeeping, superannuation, bill payments and parent fees processing

Andrew Robertson

BAS Agent/Bookkeeper

Andrew is a CPA qualified accountant, holding a Bachelor in Business (Accounting) and an Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Prior to working at CCSA, Andrew has worked in various industries in senior Finance roles.  Andrew joined CCSA in September 2018. In his current role, Andrew is responsible for payroll processing, reconciliation of accounts, preparation of monthly accounts and the preparation and lodgement of BAS reports.

Theresa Macleay

BAS Agent/Bookkeeper

Theresa joined CCSA in 2009. Theresa has a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting) and is a BAS Agent. Prior to working at CCSA Theresa held positions as a Project Contracts Administrator and small business bookkeeper. In her current role, Theresa is responsible for payroll processing, reconciliation of accounts, preparation of monthly accounts and the preparation and lodgement of BAS reports.

Candie Field

BAS Agent/Bookkeeper

Candie has a Certificate IV in Business Administration, and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Business Accounting. Candie joined CCSA in 2015 with a background in sales and events management and also has experience in staff rostering and payroll administration. Candie’s role in the Business Solutions team is payroll processing, superannuation and reconciliation of accounts.

Joanne Tomkins

BAS Agent/Bookkeeper

Joanne has a background in office administration, accounts payable/receivable and bookkeeping in the health services industry. Joanne joined CCSA in 2017, and her responsibilities include superannuation, bill payments, bookkeeping and payroll. Joanne holds a Certificate IV in Accounting.

Kirra Passlack

Accounts Clerk

Kirra joined CCSA in February 2019. Kirra worked for many years as a Veterinary Nurse both in surgery and in administration. Since having children, Kirra has been studying Bookkeeping and Accounting online, and is enjoying the challenges involved with such a dramatic change in careers. Kirra is currently President of a childcare service management committee, and says that “for me, CCSA encompasses two big, bold and new facets of my life, children and accounting!” Kirra is responsible for the payroll processing, bill processing and preparation of monthly accounts for Business Solutions Clients.


Andrew Peary

Accounts Clerk

Andrew joined the CCSA Business Solutions team as an Accounts Clerk in 2018. Andrew has previously worked in the security industry, and as a forklift driver in warehousing, before returning to study and completing his Certificate IV in bookkeeping. Andrew’s responsibilities include processing superannuation, bill payments, bookkeeping and payroll

Wendy Cook

Business Solutions Administration Officer

Wendy joined CCSA in 2011 with a background in administration and accounts payable. Wendy’s role is to support the Business Solutions team by undertaking the full range of administration tasks, including liaising with client services to ensure all the required documentation is received for the accurate and timely processing of payrolls, superannuation, bookkeeping and fee payments.

Gloria Lindsay

Project Officer

Gloria has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, Diploma of Children’s Services, and Diploma in Management. Gloria joined CCSA in 2015 with 20 years’ experience in the early childhood education and care sector, including long day care, facilitating playgroups and most recently as a Director of a community preschool. Gloria’s work with CCSA includes supporting early childhood education services with business and financial planning, policy review and mentoring Directors.

Kathleen Wansey

Project Manager


Kathleen is a Lawyer by training. Kathleen joined CCSA in 2016 with a background in managing organisational risk, legal and compliance requirements. Having lived in the Northern Territory and raised young children in an isolated area, Kathleen is pleased to be working with rural and remote services under the Start Strong Sector Support Project, reviewing their operations and planning their contribution to local communities over the longer term.