Our leadership team and staff

Elizabeth Robinson


Bach. Arts, MA, LLB, MBA

Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth commenced at The Infants' Home in July 2017. 

Elizabeth’s career in early childhood education and care spans 20 years.  From 1997 to 2011 she promoted quality assurance in children’s education and care services  at the former National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC). During her tenure, Elizabeth  was managing editor of Putting Children First magazine, and published a range of resources  on all aspects of quality education and care. She also served on the Publications Advisory  Board for Childcare and Children’s Health.  
Continuing her career as an advocate for education, from 2012 to 2017 Elizabeth served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD), the leading non-profit membership association for training, learning and organisational development for professionals. In this role she promoted continuous professional development and the importance of quality vocational education and training.  
Elizabeth has a range of qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration. She holds memberships with Community Child Care NSW, the Law Society of NSW and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lynn Farrell

Integrated Services Manager

BEd (Early Childhood), Dip M/craft. Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training

Lynn Farrell

Lynn is an early childhood teacher with a mothercraft background. She has been involved in children’s services since 1986 as a teacher, director and in senior management roles and has produced and delivered training locally, nationally and internationally.

“I value the principles of access and equity, social justice and children’s rights. They are intrinsic in our work and our culture. Here at The Infants’ Home we do make a difference.”

Janîce Francis

Family Day Care Sydney Wide Manager

Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood, Cert IV in Training and Assessment

Janîce Francis

Janîce is an early childhood teacher with extensive experience in managing child and family programs in the community sector. Over the course of her 20 year career, she has managed Long Day Care and Family Day Care services and owned her own Centre. Janîce is enthusiastic about delivering sound, evidence - based programmes to enable the lives of children and is inspired by great educators such as Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia).

One of my favourite quotes about education is from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’, and I love the fact that at The Infants' Home we are educating so many children every day to bring about positive change.

John Shen

Finance Manager

BEng, AdvDip(Acc), MAcc, MBA, CPA

John Shen

John has extensive accounting and financial experience in the commercial and non-profit sectors. He has implemented principles and processes that underpin sound financial management in a complex accounting environment at The Infants’ Home.

"Working in this sector is challenging; you have to be multi-skilled and resourceful. But you know it's for a great cause, especially as you can use your professional skills to help people. This is a great feeling."

Joan Wilson

Human Resource Manager (currently on leave)

Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Diploma of Personnel Administration

Joan Wilson

Joan has substantial senior human resources management experience in retail, service, blue collar and children’s services organisations. She also taught human resources at TAFE for many years.

"Working at The Infants' Home is enormously satisfying, knowing that everyone from the top down works to achieve the philosophy and values that we talk about."

Marlene Shepherd

Human Resource Manager (contract)


Marlene Shepherd

Marlene has over 10 years’ experience in strategic and operational human resource management.  She has worked in both the private commercial and not-for-profit environments across a broad range of industry sectors from medical publishing to property management and is passionate about organisational capability and development.

Anne-Marie Byrne

Communications and Development Manager

BA Applied Communications, MA International Studies

Anne-Marie Byrne

Anne-Marie has extensive experience in managing people, campaigns, communications, media, marketing and events in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked for state, national and international organisations in support of humanitarian and environmental causes; and has successfully engaged business, government, corporate and community groups in their progress.

"As a proven agent of positive social change, I find The Infants’ Home inspiring. I look forward to enhancing our communications, partnerships and fundraising as we transition to become a sustainable social enterprise."


We employ over 120 permanent staff, 40 regular casual staff, and have over 120 self-employed educators in our family day care program. Each year we are also supported by almost 600 corporate volunteers.

Staff at The Infants' Home reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate, with many of our staff and self-employed educators are fluent in community languages.


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