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The Management Team

Abbey Gray HR Manager

Abbey started within the Childcare Industry as a Trainee Educator and hasn’t looked back since.

As the HR Manager, she enjoys making relationships with Educators and ensuring they are reaching their highest potential with Reggio Emilia, and ensuring a positive growth and development to be the best Educators they can.

Abbey holds a Diploma of Human Resources Management and is continuing her studies through to University.

Shipra Vahi Marketing Specialist

Marketing Professional with 10 years of experience. Proven success in running various marketing campaigns and implementing marketing strategies that have pulled in a significant increase in qualified leads.

She brings in a customer-focused approach to her marketing strategies that increase brand awareness, promote customer engagement and ultimately drive web traffic and conversions. Skilled, creative and innovative. Excellent team player, time management, and organizational skills. Comprehensive knowledge of all forms of advertising techniques.

Rochelle Benjamin Business Development Manager

Rochelle has worked in the child care industry for several years, both directly with children and as part of the behind-the-scenes team at head office. At Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centres, she works directly with management including our Managing Director, Human Resources, Operations, Finance and Marketing Directors. Rochelle loves that her fast-paced role involves supporting the team across a number of key areas.

She is studying a Bachelor of Commerce major in Human Resources and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Art major in Psychology. She is also studying Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Andrew Benjamin Acquisitions & Business Development Manager

Andrew is a talented and well-rounded team member with experience well beyond his years.

His involvement within the child care industry coupled with his experience as a solicitor, provides him with practical solutions and a fine-tuned business acumen to ‘get things done’.

Holding his Bachelor Degree in Law as well as a Bachelor in Business and Commerce (Management), Andrew’s attention to detail and ‘outside of the box’ thinking helps in his day to day work.

Antonella Pirri Operations Manager

Antonella has worked in the early childhood sector for over 2 decades. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood along with a child psychology qualification.

Antonella works closely with the Area Manager in guiding and supporting the centres and ensuring the centres maintain adherence to Reggio Emilia policies and procedures, as well as the National Quality Framework, Education and Care Services Regulations and National Law.

Karishma Narayan Area Manager

Karishma brings over a decade of Early Childhood experience. Throughout this time, she has had wide range of experiences in educational leadership, policy development, staff mentoring/ training and curriculum development. Karishma is currently responsible for overseeing centre operations, educational quality, compliance for both the Reggio CBD and Reggio Cowper Street Centres.
The following quote guides Karishma’s personals philosophy:
“Children of today are the leaders of tomorrow and education is a very important weapon to prepare children for their future roles as leaders of the community.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Debra Khoury Accounts Manager

Debra brings over 30 years in bookkeeping and customer service in various quality-controlled industries. She is responsible for the groups accounts payable and receivable duties.

Being a parent herself she understands the struggles that parents face with Centrelink subsidies and fee payments. How a small change can affect the family budget. Her role as Account Manager is to support the Centre Managers with the Qikkids software and assist parents in understanding their childcare payment while identifying any CCS entitlement adjustments.

Debra loves a good challenge and certainly feels she gets that with dealing with CCS and parent entitlements alongside her fast-paced accounting responsibilities.