In May 2011, The Anganwadi Project was officially incorporated as a Registered Not For Profit Association in Australia (INC9895089). We have assembled an incredible group of Board Members, all professionals from various disciplines who are giving their time and expertise to further the management and sustainability of the project.
We welcome you to join our association by becoming a member. Membership is vital for our development here in Australia and India and is not restricted to members of the architectural profession. To get involved with TAP, please start by becoming a member. Please find the application form online here.
- Board Advisor
Anne Skipper is a successful and experienced businesswoman with a diverse career as a nurse, public relations consultant, change agent, business owner, board director, mentor and public advocate for disadvantaged communities within Australia and overseas. Anne has more than 25 years’ experience as a board director and chair of government, not-for-profit and private sector boards in the areas of health, planning and development, tourism, education, disability and social services, and financial services.
Anne’s career has embraced government, the private sector, and particularly community based organisations focused on public health, media, women’s affairs, leadership, children and young people. Her broad working experience ultimately led organisations across many industry sectors to seek out her expertise in corporate governance.
Anne is a core facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, delivering governance training nationally and internationally in the core areas of the duties and responsibilities of directors, strategy, decision making and board effectiveness.
It is this unique and diverse combination of skills and experience that underpins Anne’s national profile as a board director, speaker, governance consultant and facilitator.
- Secretary & Architectural Advisor
Jane Johnson is an architect with over 20 years experience in the profession. She is a Director at Allen, Jack + Cottier Architects, a large firm based in Sydney. She became involved with The Anganwadi Project through her association with Architects Without Frontiers, which she joined in 2005.
Jane is committed to the idea that architecture should be accessible by all, and in fact it is those who do not share the privileges of a wealthy society that can benefit the most from good design.
Jane joined Allen, Jack + Cottier in 1998, after working in smaller architectural practices in Sydney. She has always had a love of travel which led her to becoming resident architect for two archaeological digs in Greece and Jordan.
Apart from a passion for the design of beautiful spaces which can uplift the spirit of their inhabitants, and an interest in environmental sustainability, Jane brings to the TAP Board the practical skills of coordinating building documentation and construction.
- Project Director
Jane Rothschild is one of the Project Directors of the Anganwadi Project.
Jane graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1984 and completed a Masters of Heritage Conservation the University of Sydney in February 2011. In 1992, she co-founded Dickson Rothschild, a multi-disciplinary firm of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners in Sydney. Jane became a Director of Architects Without Frontiers in 2007.
Prior to her involvement with AWF, Jane worked with Habitat for Humanity on several projects in Australia, Banda Aceh and Vietnam, developing model house designs and construction training manuals.
Jane has a passion for heritage architecture, travel and working in different cultures. Her vast experience in architecture offers great leadership to keep the aim of the project community driven, sustainable and functioning at a grass roots level.
Jane often speaks about The Anganwadi Project at architecture events, design firms and conferences.
Warren Seeto is the Director of Bright Wealth Chartered Accountants and is true leader of the accounting industry. He joined Bright Wealth officially in 1991 and has been a practicing accountant for near enough two decades, gaining experience and working for a broad range of companies. He has experience in a range of Big 4 Firms, Second Tier, suburban firms, and in commerce at Solution 6 amongst others.
Then his entrepreneurial spirit took over in 2003 when he successfully embarked and built his own successful accounting practice that is now Bright Wealth Group.
Warren holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW), Master of Tax (UTS), MBA - EBusiness Management (UTS), Chartered Accountant (CA) and Fellow Tax Institute of Australia (FTIA).
- Project Director
The Anganwadi Project was initiated by Jodie in 2006, through the art and craft workshops she conducted with the children in the slum communities of Tekra for her company Bholu.
Through these workshops Jodie became aware of the extremely poor conditions of the anganwadis, and she was inspired to make a difference to these children’s lives, and soon, The Anganwadi Project was born.
Jodie is an entrepreneur with a social conscious. She founded her homewares design company Bholu in 2005, where the philosophies are based on creating a sustainable incomes and opportunties for traditional artisans in India and benefitting local communities and her second company Armadillo&Co in 2007, which is also a Fair Trade textile company.
In 2008, Bholu won the NSW Telstra Business Awards for Social Responsibility for demonstrated leadership by a business to education, environment, people and the community as well as being chosen as one of the Time Magazine’s Top Green products for 2009.
Jodie has a deep love and respect for India and its’ people and with the help of these amazing professionals plans to keep the Anganwadi Project sustainable for many years to come.
- Legal Advisor
Alice Skipper is a Senior Associate in the Planning, Environment and Local Government Team at DLA Piper, the world’s largest business law firm.
With over five years of experience in multiple jurisdictions, including Victoria, South Australia and overseas, Alice specialises in planning and environmental law, acting for a range of corporate, Commonwealth, State and local government clients in areas such as transport, energy, water and manufacturing.
Alice advises on planning and environmental assessments and approvals, major infrastructure projects, industrial estates and residential subdivisions, water law, climate change and energy efficiency, biodiversity protection and offsets. She also appears regularly in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Magistrates’ Court in planning appeals, prosecutions and enforcement proceedings.
In February 2011 Alice travelled to India as part of an Australian delegation of judges, barristers and lawyers to present a paper at the Australia-India Joint Workshop on the role of specialist courts in the resolution of environmental disputes.
Alice is also the coordinator of DLA Piper’s pro bono program ‘Inside Access’ which provides free legal advice to women within the Dame Phyllis Frost Prison in conjunction with the Mental Health Legal Centre.