Our Board

Susan Phua

Co-Director Wild Things

Member NZHECEA since 1996. My second term as a NZHECEA Board member.

Qualifications : Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood Education 1996

James Balasingam
Financial Director

Hi, I’m James. My wife Rachel and I founded Playdays Montessori Home Based ECE.

I am an Accountant and Tax Agent.

Penelope Janes
Board Member

I am a qualified and registered early childhood teacher, and have a bachelors degree in Education and English Language.

Kelly Brown
Board Member

Hi, my name is Kelly Brown. I have had 28 years experience in the Early Childhood sector with 14 of these as Managing Director of my own Home Based service.

Lisa Bentley
Board Member

Hi my name is Lisa Bentley and I run a large Nanny Service in Auckland and Wellington.  I have previously worked and set up a Nanny service in the UK.

Tracy Cross
Board Member

I am Team leader at Pioneers Home ( previously Dunedin Community Childcare Association.)

Evan Kidd
Immediate Past President

I have been involved in home based early childhood education and involved with the NZHECEA since 2000. The association has played a vital role in representing Home–based early childhood education New Zealand.

Deirdre Moran

Deirdre Moran has joined the HBCA team having spent her NZ working career to date from early 2008 in the non-for-profit sector - firstly as a Membership Services Manager, and more recently as an Ad