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Executive Staff

 


 
National Director of Schools and Colleges, Principal Giant Steps Sydney: Kerrie Nelson
Kerrie holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Education and a Master of Special Education. Read more...
 

 


 

National Director of Finances and Administration: Claire Allen
Claire holds a Bachelor of Economics and has worked for 35 years across a range of industries including finance, publishing and education. Read more...

 

Principal Giant Steps Melbourne: Trish Karedis
Trish leads the Melbourne school having spent more than 14 years supporting children with autism. Read more...

 


 

Director Of Therapy, Giant Steps Melbourne: Catherine Haining
Catherine is a Registered Music Therapist who has over 10 years experience working with children and their families. Read more...

 


 
National Funding Director: Michelle Jocum
Michelle has been at Giant Steps for over 12 years.  Michelle has a Master’s degree in International Relations, specialising in community development. Read more...

 


 
National Director of Curriculum:  Verity Harvey 
Verity is a qualified Early Childhood and Special Needs Educator with more than 15 years experience working in school settings with 3-12 year old children. Read more...

 


 
National Director of Music Therapy: Bronte Arns
Bronte is a Registered Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist and Director of Music Therapy at Giant Steps. Read more...

 


 
National Director of Student and Psychological Services: Helen Appleton 
Helen has worked at Giant Steps for since 2005 focusing particularly on behaviour support, crisis management, family resourcing and working with and training other agencies in best practice techniques in working with children with autism. Read more...

 
National Director of Speech Therapy: Rachael Bowen
Rachael holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and is currently completing a Masters of Teaching through the University of New England. Read more...

 


 
National Director of Occupational Therapy: Andrew Frakes
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney. Read more...

 


 

NSW Director of Speech Therapy: Delna Pryde
Delna holds a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Masters of Speech and Language Pathology and is currently completing a Masters of Primary Teaching through the University of New England. Read more...
 


 
Head of Early Learning: Jenny Loughnan
Jenny holds a Diploma of Teaching, Early Childhood and has been teaching at Giant Steps for the past 10 years.

 


 
Head of K-6: Erin Cowie
 
 
 
 

 

Head of Secondary, Laneway: Daniel Snow
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Honours, and has been working at Giant Steps since 2012. 

 


 

Head of Secondary, Clocktower: Claire Cherrington

  

 


 
Head of Secondary, Clocktower: Toby Shi
 
 
 

 


 

Giant Steps Community College Director: Chris Wood
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Key Program in Psychology) and a Master’s degree in Disability Studies. Read more..