National Office Staff : Early Childhood Council

By: Ecc  06-Dec-2011

Anthony Keesing

Communications Manager

Anthony brings to the ECC a background in public relations and journalism, and a commitment to the welfare of children. He has held the senior communications roles for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Auckland Healthcare, Avalon NFU Studios, the New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 92 in Spain, a professional theatre, and a New Zealand Cabinet Minister. He has been a lecturer in Public Relations at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Anthony has designed and written a university course and associated book on the application of strategic thinking to public relations writing, edited a book on the Fourth Labour Government, won a Qantas Media Award for journalism, and undertaken New Zealand publicity work for Audrey Hepburn, Clive James, Thomas Keneally, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Alex Haley. His roles for the ECC include strategic thinking, communications management, media relations, media training and lobbying.

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Life Members : Early Childhood Council

She later became the area contact for the Taranaki area until these positions were no longer required as the ECC grew and employed paid staff, thus support was given through the head office. Through the years she has seen many changes, including the Ministry of Education taking responsibility for licencing and regulating, and the ERO reviewing EC centres.


Events : Early Childhood Council

Participants include centre managers, committee members, owners, staff, students, government officials, training providers and anyone with an interest in the care and education of children under five. As a leader in the early childhood sector the ECC hosts New Zealand’s largest annual early childhood conference. Encourage a growing and supportive network of early childhood teachers, supervisors, owners, and managers.


Conference 2011 : Early Childhood Council

Feedback from delegates, speakers, exhibitors and staff has been overwhelming and we are very proud to have been part of this exceptional event. The 2011 Early Childhood Council Conference was enjoyed by all. Presentation notes can be downloaded here.


National Executive : Early Childhood Council

Lonnie has worked for a variety of corporates—airline, meat processing and newspapers—in accounting, IT and senior management roles. Lonnie became involved in the childcare industry when she purchased a centre, Bright Sparks Childcare, in November 2005. She is a qualified accountant, a member of the Institute of Directors, and has a Masters in Business Administration.