KU Executive Team


Christine Legg
Chief Executive Officer

Christine Legg was appointed to her role as Chief Executive Officer in April, 2011. Chris is an experienced early childhood professional who began her teaching career in South Australia more than 30 years ago.  During her career, Chris has worked in a variety of services including long day care and preschool and has held a number of positions including Teacher, Director and several management positions within KU.

Throughout her career, Chris has been actively engaged in promoting the value of early childhood education; the rights of children; and improving the status and standing of early childhood education as a profession. In recognition of her work, Chris has received a NSW Children's Week Award and an Early Childhood Australia NSW Advocacy Award.

Currently, Chris represents KU on a number of external government committees and sector forums. Chris is also a long term member of the Executive Committee of the NSW Branch of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), a Director of the National Board of ECA and a member of the CEO Institute of NSW.

Exec 2014 - Chris Legg



Cherylanne Williams
General Manager, Early Education Operations

Cherylanne is the General Manager, Early Childhood Education and is responsible for the management of the Early Childhood Education Area Manager team.

Cherylanne has worked in the early childhood profession for a number of years in a variety of roles including, preschool assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Director, Children's Services Advisor and an Area Manager with KU in the Hunter region.

Cherylanne has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), an Associate Diploma of Social Science (Children's Services) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Within her career Cherylanne has worked within the financial and business sector and combines this with her passion for early childhood to provide a balanced view of service provision.


Kim Bertino
General Manager, Early Education Professional Practice

Kim is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of new systems across the organisation, reflecting the National Quality Reform Agenda for early childhood education. These systems will support KU's early childhood workforce in engaging with the Early Years Learning Framework and implementation of the new National Quality Standards.

Kim commenced employment with KU Children's Services in March 2009 as Manager, Professional Services. In this role Kim was responsible for the implementation of the professional development program, including Annual Seminar, for all early childhood staff working in KU services.

Kim joined KU having had over 20 years experience working in child and family services with local government and not for profit organisations, and has tertiary qualifications in early childhood education and is currently completing a Master of Strategic Organisation Development.
   Exec 2014 - Kim Bertino

Jane Robinson
General Manager, People Services & IT

Jane joined KU in 2011 as General Manager, People Services. She has brought extensive senior management experience to the KU executive team particularly in the design, development and delivery of cost-effective and innovative people solutions.

Jane's experience spans the banking and finance, insurance and professional services sectors in both for profit and not for profit settings. Jane has also managed enterprise based Registered Training Organisations and supported the development of a number of award winning certificate programs.

Jane brings a strong focus on building organisation capability and in 2003 received a national award recognising her contribution to the development of employee professional development systems in Australia from the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

Jane holds a business degree and qualifications in Modern French and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

   Exec 2014 - Jane Robinson

Karen Dawson
General Manager, Partnerships, Development & Engagement

Karen is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of all KU’s marketing, communications and public relations activities, ensuring that KU is recognised as “the best there is” in early childhood education and care. Accordingly Karen oversees the management of the KU brand, media and advocacy opportunities.

Having joined KU in March 2008, Karen brings extensive experience in Marketing & Communications, Project Operations and Relationship Management developed within both the not-for-profit and private sectors. She also has a strong record of cooperatively engaging stakeholders to develop beneficial community/corporate partnerships.

Karen holds tertiary qualifications in Business Marketing, Public Relations and Event Management.

Exec 2014 - Karen Dawson

Poppy Brown
General Manager, Early Education Inclusion

Poppy Brown is responsible for managing programs which assist the inclusion of children with additional needs into quality education and care services, including children with disabilities and children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and refugee and humanitarian backgrounds. These include the KU Inclusion Support Agencies, National Inclusion Support Subsidy Provider, Northern Sydney Supporting Children with Additional Needs (SCAN) program and Adult Migrant English Program.

Poppy previously worked in project management roles with a variety of public and private sector organisations across Europe, specialising in change management, before joining KU in 2004.

Poppy has a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

   Exec 2014 - Poppy Brown

Hayden Hills
Chief Financial Officer

Hayden joined KU as the Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Hayden is a Senior Executive who has achieved a record of successful results across a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors.

Hayden has a record of managing through challenging business situations, including formulating and successfully delivering large multi-disciplined projects, strategy and bottom line results. He is a leader that effectively agrees and sets direction, instigates required change and builds teams to deliver.

Hayden is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary, and fellow of the Governance Institute.