Leadership Team

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Kate White

Kate is a seasoned leader with significant experience in strategic thinking, organisational development, change management and governance, particularly in the nonprofit/social sector. Originally trained as a journalist and editor, Kate has had a lifelong focus on issues affecting women and young people, and has been active in this area for more than 25 years. Kate also has a keen interest in the broader social justice agenda, and the critical need to build strong community.

General Manager - Operations

Helena Kohl

Helena, General Manager - Operations, joined Jabiru in 2021 and has strategic and operational experience across professional services and healthcare, construction, education and retail sectors.

Helena has broad experience developing and implementing successful business solutions for Not For Profit organisations, family businesses, global partnerships, start-ups, turnaround’s and growth businesses, delivering services in a business partnering, HR management and external consultant capacity. With a proven track record providing solutions that drive business performance with a strong interest in building culture in purpose lead organisations.

General Manager - Quality, Innovation and Risk

Leanne Cain

Leanne, General Manager - Quality, Innovation and Risk, joined Jabiru in 2021 and has a wealth of knowledge working in the School-Age Care sector. She began her journey in the early childhood profession over 20 years ago when she started work as an OSHC educator after she finished high school. Leanne worked as an educator and then Assistant Coordinator while studying at University for five years. When Leanne graduated, she accepted a role as Coordinator and continued study in children’s services and business.

Moving forward 13 years, she had gained experience in several senior positions, which put her in good stead to lead the centralisation of 118 OSHC services with another statewide outside school hours care provider. Leanne most recently held a role as an investigator with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), undertaking investigations related to critical incidents in OSHC, family daycare and early years services.

Financial Controller

Lyn Zeederberg

B.Com (Acc), CA(SA)

Lyn joined Jabiru as the Financial Controller in 2021. Lyn is a Chartered Accountant with experience in audit, not for profit and commercial roles up to Financial Controller level.

Lyn emigrated to Australia with her husband in 2001 and lived and worked in New Zealand from 2010 to 2019. Lyn held volunteer positions for not for profit organisations in New Zealand, including Board Treasurer for the Toy Library Federation of New Zealand and Treasurer for Wakatipu Toy Library. Lyn is passionate about working for organisations that support children and families to achieve their full potential.

General Manager - Corporate Services

Nicole Wailes

B.Bus (Acc), CA

Nicole, General Manager - Corporate Services, is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of diverse experience in financial, commercial and consulting roles. Prior to joining Jabiru in February 2022, Nicole held finance management roles in various industries, ranging from Software and Technology through to Utilities, Fintech, Media and Marketing.

The experience Nicole has gained includes finance management, strategic analysis and organisational change, mergers and acquisitions, development of administration functions, company secretarial and investor relations. Nicole has volunteered her time to P&C and OSHC committees, and also recently completed further study in Financial Planning.

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