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A key strength at Silky Oaks is the team of employees in every program and business unit. With over 110 paid employees, Silky Oaks is committed to providing a continuous leaning culture where each individual has the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally.

Executive Leadership Group

  • Darren Frame – Chief Executive Officer
  • Melanie Schroder – Programs Director
  • Aaron Thirkettle – Operations Director
  • Tracey Longley – Child Care Centre Director


There are two senior management groups that sit under each main business unit – Corporate Services and Programs. These groups administer operational improvement initiatives, rollout critical business planning objectives and other projects within the organisation in each respective area.