Leadership Team

Our People

Shine Bright EYM’s educational programs are delivered in our 40 kindergartens across Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, Mildura and Swan Hill Regions, including kindergarten and prekindergarten programs.

Our programs are delivered by a team of 250+ early childhood education professionals. Our staff are made up of qualified teachers and educators who share a common core purpose, to foster a healthy and active early childhood community working together to provide quality education and care for young children.

To enable our team to deliver on their core purpose Shine Bright EYM provides support including:

  • Experienced Early Years Advisors who assist our teachers through service visits, assistance with meeting NQF compliance, Human Resource Management and documentation.
  • Our Finance Team who deliver key services such as budgeting, purchasing, fee invoicing and collection and financial reporting and other taxation and legislative requirements.
  • Our HR Manager who creates an environment consistent with being an Employer of Choice and aim to foster a culture of inclusion and responsiveness where trust is built and employees are provided the opportunity to develop and contribute to the organisation’s mission.
Richie Evans

Richie Evans

Chief Executive Officer - LLB Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Richie joined the Shine Bright team in April 2024 as CEO. Richie brings many years of legal, compliance and health & safety experience along with several years of working in local government delivering essential community services including aged care, environmental health, immunisation, maternal child health and early childhood education.

Father to two children and husband to Michaela.

Available Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Belinda Schultz

Belinda Schultz

Early Years Manager - Diploma of Teaching ECE, Cert 4 in TAA

Belinda leads the Early Years team in her role as Early Years Manager. She has many years’ experience teaching in the early years across kindergarten and junior primary settings, and has been part of the Shine Bright EYM office team since 2008.  

Belinda is primarily responsible for monitoring compliance and operations at Shine Bright EYM and liaising with and providing support to the Early Childhood Teachers and Educators particularly the Nominated Supervisors and Educational Leaders.

Available Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Karl Dadds

Karl Dadds

People and Culture Manager CSM – Master of Strategic Studies, Associate Degree in Business Administration, Diplomas in Leadership, Management.

Karl joined the Shine Bright team in November 2022 as People and Culture Manager. Karl is a previous Army Officer with a background in recruitment, retention, and coaching. Karl originally worked in regional Queensland supporting Health and Education initiatives whilst operating sporting facilities. Karl has developed and led high performing teams as a business owner and later within the Department of Defence. Karl has received a Conspicuous Service Medal for Leadership and Transformational Change within the Department of Defence.

Karl oversees the recruitment, workforce sustainment within the Human Resource Team for Shine Bright.

Available Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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