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A key strength at Silky Oaks is the team of workers 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

Aaron Thirkettle

Director of Operations

Tracey Longley

Director of Early Years

Angela Hinds

Finance Manager

Diana Gallego

Residential Programs Manager

Kelly Brabazon

Director of Community Programs


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