About Us

SAFETY. LEADERSHIP. INTEGRITY. INCLUSION. CHILD-CENTRIC. COLLABORATION.

We have humble beginnings and solid foundations. Established in 1981 as the Illawarra Children’s Services Action Group, we sought to bring positive, lasting change to the Illawarra region through active campaigning for the rights of families to affordable early education and care.

Big Fat Smile is a not-for-profit community-owned, industry leading provider of child education, care, recreation, cultural and inclusion services in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Fast forward 37-years, and we have grown into one of the largest and most respected providers of early education and inclusion services in our region. We exist for children and families, working to provide access to the highest quality early education and care in Australia. In fact, quality is central to everything we do.

As a not for profit organisation, under its Constitution, Big Fat Smile has members rather than shareholders.  Anyone can apply for membership and a copy of the Constitution by contacting our Corrimal Head Office on 4223 9900 and requesting to speak to the Company Secretary or emailing companysecretary@bigfatsmile.com.au The annual membership fee is currently $5.00.  Only a financial member of Big Fat Smile can vote at the AGM. All nominations for a Board director position must also be a financial member.

We’re about fun, creativity, learning and leadership.

Board of directors

Big Fat Smile is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Their role and responsibility is to establish the strategic direction of the organisation, ensure an effective framework for the management of risk, and oversee executive and business performance.

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    Board Chair & Non Executive Director
    David Campbell
    David Campbell

    M Mgt, FAICD

    • Board Chair
    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since 2014
    • Governance, Nominations & Remuneration Committee Member
    • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee Member
    • Retired Member of Parliament
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    Non Executive Director
    Louise Meyrick
    Louise Meyrick

    BA, Dip Ed, M Comm, M. Dispute Resol

    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since 2015
    • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee Member until May 2018
    • Governance, Nominations & Remuneration Committee Member since May 2018
    • Senior Consultant, Policy & Planning Specialist
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    Non Executive Director
    Ken Whitton
    Ken Whitton

    B Commerce, MBA, Grad Dip (Fin Plan)

    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since 2015
    • Chair, Governance, Nominations & Remuneration Committee
    • Senior Policy Advisor, Superannuation Peak Body
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    Non Executive Director
    Tony Deliseo
    Tony Deliseo

    B.Sc (Physics), Cert IV TAE, GAICD

    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since 2015
    • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee Member since May 2018
    • Asia Pacific CEO, International Software Group
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    Board Deputy Chair & Non Executive Director
    Sophie Ray
    Sophie Ray

    BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) Grad Dip Leg Studs, GAICD

    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since 2016
    • Governance, Nominations & Remuneration Committee Member
    • Director & business owner

     

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    Non Executive Director
    Jason Malone
    Jason Malone

    BComm, MBA, CPA

    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since April 2018
    • Chair of Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee since May 2018
    • Executive General Manager, Aged Care Sector
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    Non Executive Director
    Chelsea Hampel
    Chelsea Hampel

    BComm, MA, GCMgmt

    • Non Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group Ltd. since November 2018
    • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee Member
    • Director, Higher Education Sector

Executive Leadership

Big Fat Smile is led by a senior executive group, based at the organisation’s central HQ in Corrimal.

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    CEO
    Jenni Hutchins
    Jenni Hutchins

    B Arts (Welf, Psych), PG Dip (Child & Family, Psych, Intern Psychologist), R.Psych

    • CEO, since February 2017
    • Chair, Senior Executive Group

    Jenni leads the implementation of Big Fat Smile’s Strategic Plan with the outcome of enriching the lives and minds of our children and families in their communities.

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    General Manager, Governance & Risk
    Angela Taylor
    Angela Taylor

    BA/LLB (Hons), LLM (App Law) (Inhouse Practice)

    • General Manager, Governance & Risk since July 2017
    • Company Secretary since July 2017
    • General Counsel since July 2017
    • Member, Senior Executive Group since July 2017

    Angela leads a team in the delivery of Big Fat Smile’s child protection strategy, compliance, quality assurance, policies and procedures.

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    General Manager, Operations
    Melissa Woodhouse
    Melissa Woodhouse

    Dip (Children’s Services), Grad Dip (Public Sector Management), Cert IV Training and Assessment

    • General Manager, Operations, since December 2017
    • Member, Senior Executive Group, since December 2017

    Melissa leads a team in the operations of Big Fat Smile’s portfolio of community preschools, long day care centres, Fun Clubs, school holiday care, Inclusion Agency and community support programs to enhance the education, care and wellbeing of children, families and communities.

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    Chief Financial Officer
    Ben Marsh
    Ben Marsh

    BA MCom EMBA FCPA

    • Chief Financial Officer, since March 2018
    • Member, Senior Executive Group, since March 2018

    Ben has been the Chief Financial Officer of Big Fat Smile since March 2018. Ben leads a team in the delivery of the finance, facilities and IT functions of the organisation.

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    Pedagogical Thinker in Residence
    Michele Peden
    Michele Peden

    Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Studies), BEt(EC), Cert IV Workplace Training Category 2, GDipAdultEd, Cert IV Training and Assessment, MEd(EC)

    • Pedagogical Thinker in Residence, since February 2018
    • Member, Senior Executive Group, since February 2018

    Michele leads a team in developing an educational framework for children aged 0 – 12 to support Big Fat Smile’s services and enhance education and care outcomes.