New Board members strengthen Canberra’s largest community organisation

Communities@Work today announced strategic appointments to their Board which strongly support the organisation’s goal of being a centre of excellence in early childhood, education and care.

Chairman Alan Greenslade said that the Board is delighted with the appointments of Karen Curtis, Andrew Snaidero, Bernice Ellis and Dr Brian Babington. “We are excited about the additional value being unlocked by their respective skills and unique professional qualities,” he said.

Karen Curtis recently completed six years as CEO of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), bringing with her in-depth expertise in current issues facing the Children’s Services sector.  Andrew Snaidero is a partner at an independent accounting firm based in Canberra, with a strong blend of strong financial, audit, reporting and governance skills.  Bernice Ellis is a commercial law litigator, specialising in insolvency, bank and other debt recovery work, corporate disputes and direct tax.  Dr Brian Babington is the CEO of Families Australia, with a passion for child protection and safety.

“Combining the varied experience of our new Board members with their passion for Canberra and its people is vital as we continue to grow our position as leaders in the sector,” Mr Greenslade said.

CEO Lorcan Murphy explained that “the quality services Communities@Work offers in early childhood, education and care enable us to deliver a range of charitable programs providing food, accommodation, clothing and education. These essential services make a huge difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in Canberra.”

“Strengthening our Board is another very positive step in maintaining Communities@Work as the largest, sustainable community organisation in Canberra,” Mr Greenslade concluded.

Communities@Work is a leading provider of Children’s Services in Canberra operating 13 Early Education and Care centres, 18 Out of School Hours Care programs, a Family Day Care scheme with over 106 educators and is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which serves the whole sector.

For more information about Communities@Work’s Board please visit

To find out more please contact Michelle Robertson on 0429 686 132 or email

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