Meet The Team

The big minds behind making big things happen. Our team is dedicated to inspire every child to reach their full potential through a passion for learning.
CEO

John Burns

“My vision for Only About Children remains firmly in cementing our position as a leading high-quality early childhood education and development provider and delivering on our mission to empower every child and team member to reach their full potential.  

John is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience managing medical centre groups in Australia and the US.  John joined the Only About Children as Chief Executive Officer in September 2020.  As a parent and someone with a background in health, John understands the importance of early learning and loves the drive and passion of those working in the sector.  

Chief Financial Officer

David Mahony

“I joined Only About Children as I saw an opportunity to step into a leadership role and support the team in delivering long-term value to the business.  As a father of two, I understand the importance of education, particularly from an early age, so the opportunity to bring my expertise to Only About Children was one that I couldn’t pass up.” 

David joined Only About Children in 2019 with vast experience in finance roles within a range of industries.  David started his career with a decade at KPMG, since then he has worked in senior finance roles across several large companies including Qantas and Stockland.   

Chief People & Quality Officer

Kathryn Hutchins

Only About Children has a desire to deliver a truly unique, leading early learning experience. I am passionate about the sector and our ability to have a positive impact on the lives of children and their families each and every day – it’s a deeply rewarding. 

Kathryn has a career spanning senior executive roles in Human Resources, Organisational Development, Strategy and Operations, within Financial Services and IT.  Having two children, who both benefited from quality early learning, Kathryn was drawn to the sector understanding the significant positive outcomes it can have on a child’s development.

 

Head of Quality & Curriculum

Val Tillet

“Only About Children is an organisation that aspires to quality which aligns with my vision, they encourage innovation and quality improvement throughout the organisation.” 

Val joined Only About Children in January 2021 with over 25 years’ experience in education and quality improvement roles as well as early childhood research working alongside the authors of The Early Years Framework. Through first-hand experience, Val understands the importance of all early childhood roles from an early childhood trainee; to the educational leader; to the director of a campus; and how critical they are for the success of the whole campus and the organisation. 

Head of Health

Anna McCauley

“I love working at Only About Children and supporting families and educators with how children are progressing with their movement skills, independence and learning how to play with other children.  I enjoy providing information to families on topics of interest related to development like preparing for school, managing big emotions, steps to toileting independence.”

Anna has worked as an Occupational Therapist for nearly 30 years supporting children who have difficulty with learning and development and working closely with both educators and families.  Anna has experience working in large medical and therapy teams in Australia, Canada and UK.  

Chief Commercial Officer

Nik Scotcher

The passion of our people is the biggest strength for Only About Children.  I’ve not come across a group of people who care so much about the positive outcomes we can achieve if we do our jobs well. Our ability to focus this passion on the right things will unlock untold potential.” 

Nik is a senior executive leader with over 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales and strategy roles with blue chip consumer goods organisations. Nik joined Only About Children to take on the role of General Manager of Sales & Marketing in 2020. 

 

Chief Development Officer

Sam Winter

“I was attracted to Only About Children by its strong reputation for delivering high quality education and care in fantastic campuses. I’m passionate about leading the expansion of the group in a measured way, with a continued focus on maintaining the high quality standards that we are known for in the sector.” 

Sam joined Only About Children in January 2018 with over 20 years experience working in private equity and corporate advisory, including in the early education sector. In addition to managing his own corporate advisory and investment practice, Sam previously worked at Propel Investments, Colonial First State Private Equity and PwC.