Commitee Member Profiles

  • Carol Allen

    President. Co-Founder. Carol is one of the founding members of STARBRIGHT and has been the President since its inception. Carol has worked as a CEO in the community sector for more than 20 years. Carol’s passion is to enrich lives in the field in which she is currently working. She achieves this by her strong management style […]

  • Craig Bardrick

    Treasurer Craig is the Chief Financial Officer for BlueCross Community and Residential Services and has approximately twenty years of experience in financial management. Craig is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Craig has held the position of StarBright’s Treasurer since September 2011 and is actively putting back into the community through […]

  • Gael Traa

    Secretary. Gael joined StarBright in 2007 and has been a member of the committee since the AGM in the following year, taking on the role of Secretary for the last 4 years. Gael was drawn to StarBright both by Carol’s passion and the tenet of social justice implicit in the organisational Vision and Mission. Gael […]

  • Mark Foster

    Committee Member. Mark spent his early adult life (aged 20-28) in East Africa and has visited South Africa pre and post apartheid several times. After forming a relationship with Carol Allen it was natural for him to become involved in StarBright. He has since worked hard to serve on the committee, in any way required, to […]

  • Rachel Riley

    Committee Member. Exchange participant. Rachel is a Kindergarten teacher at The University of Melbourne’s Early Learning Centre. She has participated in StarBright’s 2010 and 2012 exchange programs and is whole heartedly committed to the vision of supporting vulnerable communities in South Africa through a teacher exchange program. She has a passion for education for sustainable […]

  • Judy Battle

    Committee Member. Exchange Participant. Judy Battle is an experienced special educator and teacher. After achieving a life long dream of travelling to Africa in 2011, Judy was committed to working with StarBright Learning Exchange in 2012. Participating in the exchange was an amazing experience and her commitment to working with inspirational educators in Melbourne and […]

  • Ann Ferguson

    Committee member. Exchange Participant. Ann is a ceramic artist, pre-school teacher and art specialist for early childhood. She has helped work towards building meaningful relationships between early childhood education communities in Australia and those communities in desperate need of support in South Africa.  She was a participant in the 2012 exchange. Having travelled and worked […]

  • Wendy Starkey

    Committee member. Wendy has been a StarBright Committee member since 2010.  Wendy is passionate about StarBright providing opportunities for educators and children in Australia and South Africa so that awareness is raised and new skills are learned which may one day change the lives of those the programs touch.  Born and raised in South Africa, […]

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