Media centre

As a leading provider of early childhood education and care, ECMS can comment on a number of matters relating to our sector.

We can also assist media outlets and journalists in coordinating photo, filming and interview opportunities with children, families and early childhood educators.

Media enquiries

Director of Communications and Marketing

Phone: 03 8481 1100


Dr Judith Slocombe - ECMS CEO

Dr Judith Slocombe joined ECMS as Interim CEO in August 2017. Judith brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has an extensive career in business as an entrepreneur and business owner, has held CEO and other senior executive positions in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors and serves on numerous boards and subcommittees in various sectors. 

Judith is passionate about working with children, having previously been the CEO of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a not-for-profit community organisation, protecting children from violence and is currently a Director at Children's Rights International.

In 2001 Judith received Australia's most prestigious award for women in business, the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

Judith has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and studied Senior Executive Management at Harvard.   

Janet Williams-Smith – General Manager, Service Development and Strategy

Janet has a strong background in social justice, social inclusion and practice and policy development in Australia and the UK.
Before joining ECMS, Janet worked at the Children’s Protection Society for five years. In this role, Janet designed and delivered care and education models for children at risk of abuse and neglect. Janet also managed a randomised controlled trial research partnerships into the benefits of high-quality early childhood education and care for children at risk.

Janet worked at the Brotherhood of St Laurence for five years too, designing care models and developing programs for refugee children and families experiencing prolonged trauma and displacement.

Janet holds qualifications in early years care & education, registrations in general and psychiatric nursing and a Masters in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Systemic Family Therapy.