I am an early childhood professional with over 30 years experience working in early childhood education and care (ECEC), in service provision, public policy and higher education. Prior to coming to QUT in 2010, I held the position of CEO at Lady Gowrie Queensland. My research interests link to my work background and I maintain a particular interest in ECEC policy, quality standards and curriculum and the ECEC workforce. Recent research projects include: a national study of the ECEC workforce, enabling leadership in ECEC and promoting continuous quality improvement in ECEC. I currently hold the position of Head of the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology.