Strong Kids, Strong Centre has a core group of dedicated individuals and organisations making up the Leadership Table.



The Leadership Table is responsible for setting and realising the strategic goals of Strong Kids, Strong Centre. Members of the Leadership Table are custodians of the long-term initiative and work to achieve a balance of representation around the table from the government, NGO, and private sectors, alongside community members over time.


ANNA YFFER – Central Australian Affordable Housing Company LTD.


Lavinia Hampton - Lutheran community care

Dr. Melodie Bat – Community member

Chris Hawke - Community member

Leonie Patterson - Department of Social Services

Victoria Pollifrone - Department of Social services

KERRIE RUSSELL – community member

Jan Fleming – ANGLICARE NT

Josh Mapstone - Bluearth



The initiative is supported by a Backbone position who enable the Leadership Table to do their work:

SARAH BRITTLE, Backbone Facilitator

Our valued partner organisations include:

australian Red Cross
The Sanderson Alliance through the NT Collective
Griffith University
tentwenty foundation
Opportunity Child

Together with the Sanderson Alliance in Darwin, we make up the NT Collective, one of six national community learning partners with Opportunity Child. 

Opportunity Child is helping communities work better together, using a collective impact approach to change the lives of thousands of vulnerable young children so they can live happier, more productive lives. 

Opportunity Child are led by six partner communities: Connecting Community For Kids in WA, Go Goldfields in Victoria, The Hive – Mt Druitt in NSW, Logan Together in Queensland, NT Collective (Strong Kids, Strong Centre and the Sanderson Alliance) in the NT and Together in the South in SA. 

Strong Kids Strong Centre, through Opportunity Child are partnered with eight leading national organisations in early childhood practice, place-based research, service delivery and catalytic philanthropy: Australian Red Cross, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Centre for Social Impact, Goodstart Early Learning, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Telethon Kids Institute, ten20 Foundation and Woodside Energy. 

By sharing expertise and insights from our work in our partner communities with others, we aim to accelerate the development of collective impact nationally to influence policy shifts, systems change and intergenerational, population-level impact.