Our Team

Playgroup WA has a wonderful team of people focused on supporting and advocating for playgroups in Western Australia. We believe in all children having the opportunity to participate in play-based social activities in their early years and for parents to be given opportunities to be confident in their parenting roles and within the community.


David Zarb

David Zarb has been the CEO of Playgroup WA since 2008. Initially qualified as a social worker he has worked with children, families and communities for over 30 years. He has worked extensively in child protection and family support roles as practitioner and manager.

This work has informed a passion for the importance of work in the early years, particularly in supporting and acknowledging the role of families and communities in having healthy and happy children. Over the past ten years he has worked exclusively in the early years, including managing two WA Communities for Children sites.

David was a long -term member of the WA AEDC Coordinating Committee and has served on the Boards of Nature Play WA, Family Partnership Training WA and the WA Branch of Early Childhood Australia. David was the WA representative the National Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth between 2012 and 2019 and is a current member of the Parenting Connection Advisory Committee.

Programs Team

The Programs Team supports and guides new and existing playgroups across the state in a range of ways including by phone, email, workshops, face-to-face visits, and participation in play days and events. We assist playgroups in a variety of settings, including community venues and facilities, schools and aged care settings, providing information and advice, as well as practical hands-on activities and support.

The team works across a number of different program areas and develops strong links within the community to highlight the important role of playgroups in communities, to support and provide advocacy for local playgroups, as well as encouraging participation in playgroups.

The Programs Team is also involved in facilitating a number of funded Supported Playgroups including PlayConnect, which are playgroups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or communication or similar needs, as well as playgroups for Aboriginal families in a range of communities.

Programs Manager: Chris Hawkes

Development Officers: Alicia Harlow, Lisa Ruecroft, Michelle Roberts and Penny Chellew

South West office Development Officer (Bunbury): Karen Collins

You can view Development Officer Support Areas here.
Enhanced Transition to Schools Team

Enhanced Transition to Schools (ETTS) Project

Project Manager: Dianne Mazzucato 

ETTS Development Officers: Kathryn Norris, Renee Myles

Intergenerational Team

Intergenerational Activities Program

Development Officer: Alicia Harlow

Aboriginal Playgroup Program

Aboriginal Playgroup Program

Aboriginal Playgroup Coordinator (Wheatbelt, Albany, Laverton): Leanne McDonagh

Playgroup Support Workers:

  • Averil Dean, Dianne Williams, Sirah Coyne: Albany
  • Bernadette Ryder: Pingelly
  • Jayne Cross: Laverton
  • Narisa Yarran: Quairading

Ngaanyatjarra Lands Communities

  • Joy McGinley, Warburton Playgroup Coordinator
  • Michelle Torrens, Blackstone Community Playgroup
PlayConnect Team

PlayConnect Program

PlayConnect Coordinator: Lisa Ruecroft

PlayConnect Support Workers

  • Rebecca Tanner, PlayConnect Forrestfield
  • Deb Harrop, PlayConnect Westminster
  • Julie Bloor, PlayConnect Whitfords and Willetton
Multicultural Playgroup Ellenbrook Team

Multicultural Playgroup Ellenbrook

  • Michelle Roberts, Program Support
  • Deb Harrop, Playgroup Support Worker
Mother-Baby Nurture Team

Mother-Baby Nurture

Mother-Baby Nurture Coordinator: Sharon Cooke

Playgroup WA employs additional staff to facilitate our supported playgroups on-site, including PlayConnect, Aboriginal playgroups, and Mother-Baby Nurture.

Finance and Administration Team

The Finance and Administration team brings experience, skill and enthusiasm to the everyday corporate services provided to our staff and members.

From ensuring financial compliance to providing membership assistance and helping families find a playgroup.

If we can help you, please contact the Playgroup WA Hotline on 1800 171 882 or email hotline@playgroupwa.com.au.

Finance & Administration Manager: Christine Clark

Finance Officer: Simone Colreavy

Administration Officers: Cheri Bonser, Kelda Free

Marketing Team

The marketing team focuses on promoting playgroups and supporting playgroup communications, through events, social media, newsletters, advertising, media, website, projects and partnerships. We love to share great stories about playgroups and playgroup members. If you have a story or photos, please email us: marketing@playgroupwa.com.au

Marketing Manager: Caroline Ince

Marketing Officers: Belinda Cordova, Lisa Velikicevski