Child Wise is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Save the Children Australia group. The Board of Child Wise consists of Andrew Jackomos, Michelle Scott, Larry Kamener and Paul Ronalds.
Andrew Jackomos is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man. Andrew currently heads Aboriginal Economic Development for the Victorian Government. Prior to this, Andrew was appointed the Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-Determination to the Victorian Government where he played an influential role in embedding the ethos of self-determination across the whole of government context. Andrew’s role as Special Adviser followed on from his five years as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria. As Commissioner, Andrew was responsible for advocating for and overseeing the provision of state government services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, particularly the most vulnerable in the areas of child protection, youth justice and homelessness.
Michelle has over 30 years’ experience leading and influencing government and community organisations to address and reduce contemporary, complex social challenges. She has also been an independent statutory officer, including as WA’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People (6 years), and Public Advocate for WA (5 years). Ms Scott is also currently the Chair of the WA Government’s Supporting Communities Forum.
Paul Ronalds joined Save the Children Australia as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013 and led the merger with Child Wise in December 2017. Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Larry Kamener, is a Senior Adviser and former Senior Partner in the Boston Consulting Group. During his time with BCG, Larry founded and was the inaugural leader of BCG’s Global Public Sector Practice. He founded and is now the Chair of the Centre for Public Impact, a BCG Foundation based in London. Larry is also the Chair of Teach for Australia and the Strategic Advisory Council of the Bastow Institute of School Leadership is a Board Member with the Melbourne Theatre Company.