Our leadership team and staff

Anita Kumar

Former Chief Executive Officer (resigned February 2017)

Bach. Eng (Elec. Com), MM, MAICD

Anita Kumar

Anita has a strong business background and is experienced in forging impactful partnerships to build a sustainable social enterprise. She is passionate about developing The Infants’ Home’s services to support the wellbeing of children and their families and to create a socially cohesive community which respects the diversity and the rights of children.

“Each child should have the opportunity to develop a sense of belonging and to know what it is to be loved."

Lynn Farrell

Acting CEO, Integrated Services Manager, Acting Manager Family Day Care Sydney Wide

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.”

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

Acting CEO, Human Resource Manager

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."

Anne-Marie Byrne

Communications and Development Manager

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 105 permanent staff, 25 regular casual staff, and have over 100 self-employed educators in our family day care program. Each year we are also supported by over 550 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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