Interim CEO

Tara became involved with Montessori in 2012 when her daughter began her early and primary education at the Canberra Montessori School (CMS). Tara was elected onto the CMS Board in 2015 and was elected to Board Chair in 2018 following contributions as a Sub-committee Member, Sub-committee Chair and Deputy Chair. Tara brings a diverse range of experience and skills to the Montessori Australia Foundation following 14 years in federal government, more than a decade at executive levels, periods of acting in the Senior Executive Service and supervising up to 250 staff nationally, as well as a Post Graduate qualification in Human Resources Management. Tara teaches speech and drama at four ACT schools under her own business, coaches privately in public speaking and mentors teenagers living in state care who are preparing for independence, leveraging a Montessori ethos across all of her work. Tara’s key strengths for the Montessori Australia Foundation lie in the areas of communications, change management, governance, HR, strategic planning and program delivery. Tara works from a foundation of authentic two-way engagement and enjoys supporting stakeholders to collaborate effectively.