Yvonne Keane

Chief Executive Officer

Yvonne is 48 and lives in North-Western Sydney with her husband and partner of 29 years Anthony and her two beautiful children, Asher (9) and Saskia (7).

 

She has enjoyed a successful career as an award winning TV Producer, and then as a television presenter on programs such as Hot Property, which she co-hosted with Michael Caton and where she was known as the ‘Pocket Rocket’. Along the way Yvonne founded SugarBaby Cosmetics, a successful teenage brand sold worldwide. 

 

Yvonne also wrote a weekly column for New Idea Magazine and had a monthy She.I.Y section in Handyman Magazine. 

 

When Yvonne's eldest child Asher was born hearing impaired Yvonne launched a world-class early intervention centre, called Hear the Children, to teach hearing impaired children to speak as clearly as hearing children, where she managed to raise the funding level for all deaf children across NSW, for which she was awarded the 2012 NSW Woman of the Year Award (People’s Choice) by the NSW Premier.

 

In 2012 Yvonne was elected a Councillor on the Hills Shire Council, where she ultimately served as Mayor until the election in September 2017. During her term as Mayor, Yvonne achieved a plethora of landmark outcomes including building The Hills first all inclusive “Livvi’s Place” playspace; reenergising the community engagement program; and designing an innovative, cost-free, first of its kind, Transitional Housing Model to provide vital housing solutions for the most vulnerable in the community. 

 

Yvonne has received several prestigious awards for her work including 2011 United Nations Volunteer Award (Education), 2012 Hills Shire Citizen of the  Year, 2013 Western Sydney University Woman of the West and the 2016 NSW Local Government Woman of the Year. In 2017 Yvonne was bestowed with a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International. 

 

Yvonne currently serves on several boards including Endeavour Foundation (Deputy Chair), NSW Council for Women's Economic Opportunity, and is the Chair of the Board of The Sanctuary - a shelter she recently established for women and children escaping domestic violence in The Hills. Previously she served a three year term as an Elected Director on the Board of Local Government NSW.

 

Yvonne is delighted to be heading the ECIA team and looks forward to working with the Board, the team and its members to continue to raise our voices; build capacity and transform little-lives across Australia.


Kayleen Lenzo

National Manager, Corporate Services & Company Secretary

Kayleen has broad experience in financial and operational business management, which ranges from working as a Business Analyst for Westpac to managing the Operations and Finances of various not for profit organisations. Kayleen has a history in project management, process design and continuous improvement, as well as in paid and voluntary governance roles.

Kayleen joined ECIA NSW in 2015 as the Finance and Operations Manager, and in 2017 was appointed to ECIA (national) to manage the restructure of the organisation from a state / territory based federated model to a national single entity, as well as managing the business of ECIA.

When ECIA became a company limited by guarantee in May 2018, Kayleen was appointed by the Board as the first Company Secretary.


Enis Jusufspahic

National Manager, Sector Development

Enis is an experienced Sector Support & Development professional with a proven track record legal practice, child protection, ageing, disability and early childhood intervention sectors. He joined ECIA NSW/ACT as Manager of Sector Development in February 2017 and has provided exceptional levels of support and advice to the Early Childhood Intervention sector during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Prior to working with ECIA NSW/ACT, Enis was a Sector Support & Development Officer working with ageing and disability service providers in Eastern Sydney for a period of eight years.

Enis has a Masters in Law & Legal Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

In his new role as National Manager, Sector Development of ECIA, Enis is focussed on supporting all states with the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and will be working closely with the sector.


Nicole Walker

National Manager, Membership & Professional Development

Nicole has over 17 years experience in association management and has extensive knowledge in both membership and professional development. She has worked in professional associations including Diabetes Australia, the Australian Institute of Project Management and Local Government Managers Australia.

Nicole has also consulted to numerous associations on how to improve their membership programs and better meet the needs of their membership. Her goals with ECIA are to provide quality services to our members and deliver relevant professional development opportunities to the sector.

 

Nicole's role as National Manager, Membership & Professional Development with ECIA will see her working towards engaging the sector across Australia with membership and developing interesting, relevant and quality professional development opportunities to our members and the sector.