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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

Aaron Thirkettle
Chief Executive Officer

Tracey Longley
Director of Early Years

Diana Gallego
Residential Programs

Maria Brown
Finance Manager


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.