Management Team



Hi I’m Donn and I’m the CEO of Noah’s Ark. I’ve been here since 2011 and love it! In my previous life I was in business where my various roles included Chair of the ACT Taxi Industry for 12 years, operating a fleet of my own taxis, owner operator of a Post Office here in Canberra, and currently a Board Member of Cabcharge Australia. In 2004 I had my own version of a sea change and joined the NFP sector.

Prior to my appointment here with NA I was with Camp Quality as a Manager for 7 years.

Noah’s Ark is a great organisation with high standards and expectations, and a group of Parents who want to be involved in their child’s education. We have an active Board of Management, all Parents, who oversee the operation of the centre, and set the policy direction.

We have a strong culture of caring for the children and my staff is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment with a strong focus on their education.


Centre Director

Hi, my name is Nea Woods and I have been a member of the Noah’s Ark team since June 2004. During this time I have worked as a teacher in the 3 year old Playschool Program and as the Library Customer Service Officer. From January 2013 I commenced my role as the H. R. Manager. My current role is the Centre Director, a position which I have held since the beginning of August 2017 . A role which I find interesting and rewarding.

Over the past 13 years I have experienced considerable progress and change within the organisation and feel proud to be working with a wonderful Management Team and excellent Early Childhood Educator’s.


Assistant Director

Hi my name is Sarah,

I'm the Assistant director at Noah's Ark and work across all of the rooms on a weekly basis as a senior educator.

I hold a Diploma of Early Childhood and Education, while being in this industry for almost 18 years.

As a senior educator I aim to provide a rich, open and inviting environment for all children and their families. Providing open ended resources allows the children to express their ideas and interests with their peers and educators.

Children learn from each other and as a professional educator I will support each child's wellbeing and development. I look forward to collaborating in partnership with all families for the best possible learning goals and outcomes for their child.


Educational Leader

Hi I’m Joanne I have worked at Noah’s Ark since March 2015 as a casual educator where I fill in for the permanent staff. I have recently been employed as the new Educational Leader.

I love working with young children and watching them grow and develop. It is a pleasure to be part of the wonderful team here at Noah's Ark.

I have worked in education for 25 years in a variety of settings and positions including teaching kindergarten for several years and as a preschool teacher in childcare for over 15 years.

I have a Diploma of Teaching (infants/primary) and a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)


My family includes my husband of 25 years and our 2 furry children our dog Charlie and our cat Tammy. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading especially fantasy and historical romance, going to the beach and walking my dog at the park.



My name is Anita; I am currently employed as the Bookkeeper for Noah’s Ark.  I have been working for Noah’s Ark for 8 years and have enjoyed several roles in this time.  I first came to Noah’s Ark as a Special Education Support Worker, working with some very lovely Children and Staff within the Playschool Program. From there I moved into the role of Customer Service in the Library/ Reception area, which included assisting the Accountant within the Financial Area.  I have been working solely in the Bookkeeper role now for four years, which is a return to my previous background B.C (Before Children).

Noah’s Ark for me, has been a very positive and rewarding place to be. Throughout the many years and the many changes that have taken place during my time with Noah’s Ark, I have been very privileged to work with some great people in a happy and friendly atmosphere and have also had the delight, watching from afar (when I wander out, away from my computer) the children we have in our care here as they grow from very little babies into lively toddlers and pre-schoolers. Even on the most mundane boring days, it’s hard not to think it’s a good day when there is the sound of laughing little children coming through your window.