Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Tonia’s career spans well over 30 years. The roles she has held have always focused on her passion and dedication to children, families and community. Tonia’s experience includes owning and operating early childhood education and care centres in the mid 1990’s, over two decades working in the not for profit sector to better the lives of children, a background in lecturing and training in children’s services, and working in the disability arena with children and young people. Tonia is the author of a children’s book written to support the inclusion of children with disabilities.
Tonia was born in Perth and spent much of her childhood and teenage years growing up in cities and towns throughout Western Australia. Married to Ian and a very proud and loving mum and momo (grandmother), Tonia enjoys spending time with her family and dabbling in projects where she can use her creativity.
Tonia’s strong alignment to Gowrie WA’s vision, purpose and values has enabled her to lead Gowrie WA through the process of re-establishing itself as a leader within the early childhood education and care sector and within the development and delivery of community services. Tonia looks forward to working with our team each day, to strive for high quality and purposeful outcomes for children, families and community, and to fulfil the vision, values and purpose of Gowrie WA.
Operations and Facilities Manager
Nate was born in Perth and has lived here all his life. Nate's passion for people has fuelled his love of travel and for experiencing new cultures. It also lead him to study Human Resource Management at the University of Western Australia and begin a career in people services.
Nate's experience in the not-for-profit and community services sector is varied and vast, and has included partnership work with Gowrie in the past. Nate's appreciation for an excellent working and organisational culture makes him a perfect fit for Gowrie's Operations and Facilities Manager role. He aims to support employees to strive to be the best they can be within the wonderful culture of Gowrie, while promoting the vision, values and purpose of the organisation.
Nate has a flair for music and when at home, he loves playing guitar and piano. He enjoys road trips, rock climbing and bush walking, and is a very proud uncle to a young niece and nephew.
Paula grew up in a small town in East England and studied accounting at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. After graduating, Paula spent seven years working in commercial finance roles in London before heading to Australia on a working holiday visa in 2002. On this trip, Paula fell in love with Perth and decided to make the move permanent. She has never looked back.
Paula has worked in Finance for a diverse range of Western Australian companies including a Margaret River winery and a salt mining company.
Paula is now a proud mother to two wonderful young children and is delighted to be working with an organisation that shares her values and desire to make learning accessible to all children.
Children and Families Manager
Sue was born and raised in Liverpool, England. She grew up with children around her, as her mother was an early childhood Educator and from a young age, Sue knew she wanted to make a difference.
Sue began her career as an Educator working with children with disability and, for a short time, as a nanny. She took a break when she had her son and trained as a designer florist, which unleashed her creativity. However, no matter what path Sue took, she was always drawn back to early childhood education.
For four years, Sue managed family day care and in-home care services for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but this took her away from working directly with children. When her two beautiful granddaughters were born, she realised how strong her passion for working with children was and was afforded the opportunity to make a difference with Gowrie.
Sue is excited to be working with such a passionate team to promote learning and development, and to support Educators to provide quality care.
Community Programs Manager
Mish's desire to work with children, families and the community has been with her from a very young age. Mish commenced her career working part-time in Outside School Hours Care while completing her final years of high school. Upon completing high school, Mish commenced her studies in Early Education and Care while continuing to work in the sector. In 2012, Mish commenced at Gowrie working at our Karawara Early Learning Centre and later at Leeming Family and Community Centre. In July 2014 Mish was awarded the role of Community Programs Manager. Mish works across our Leeming and Karawara Family and Community Centres where her passion for making a difference to the lives of all, is comfortably aligned with Gowrie WA’s vision to inspire learning and innovation in children, families and the community.
When not at work, Mish loves spending time with her beautiful young daughter and infant son, her partner and her family; all of who she holds dear, including her very spoilt English staffy. Mish looks forward to a fulfilling career at Gowrie and continuing to love her role, and the wonderful team at Gowrie.