Our Staff

Our Staff

Sarah Lynch

A word from the Chief Executive Officer

The core values of FLC will always be a compass of the organisation. My original connection to FLC was as a participant in the Early Learning Centre many years ago.

I returned as a staff member in 2005 and was predominantly involved in the expansion of the Youth Services Department leading to me becoming the Department Manager in 2008. During this period, I led an incredible team of passionate and highly skilled educators and support workers that changed the lives of so many.

I am privileged to be appointed as the new CEO for FLC and am thrilled to be offered the opportunity to lead the next generation of staff, volunteers and community members alike. This is an exciting time for our organisation, as we move forward to meet the challenges of an ever changing learning sector.

My clear objective is growth and development. It’s about finding the ‘points of difference’ within our community and taking the appropriate steps to ensure an advantageous future.  

Our commitment is to provide the necessary foundation for future growth and learning of all students and clients. Our aim is to not only provide a progressive approach to learning, but to continue to meet the needs of our community.

Tina Bampton

General Manager

As the General Manager at Foundation Learning Centre in Victoria, Tina has worked for this community-based training organisation for 15 years in a variety of roles.

Tina’s passion and commitment to the health and wellbeing of others, particularly children, young people and disadvantaged persons can easily be seen through her previous roles with various learning, support and care-based organisations.

In terms of qualifications and professional development Tina has clearly spent many hours developing her knowledge and skills. From her initial qualifications of an Advanced Certificate and an Associate Diploma in the areas of Childcare and Social Sciences Tina moved forward and successfully complete a range of further qualifications including a Certificate IV in Education and Training and a Diploma of Youth Work. Tina was also awarded the 2018 VET International Practitioner Fellowship with the ISS Institute where she studied young pregnant and parenting teens in education within the United States.

Tina lives in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne; Victoria. Bringing up 3 sons together with her husband, she continues to work hard while enjoying the happiness, and facing all the usual hurdles, of family life. She strives for fairness and equity while taking on new challenges and change with unfaltering focus and determination. Tina thrives on providing programs, education and support to those that need her most – children, young people and the disadvantaged.

Donna Dowler

Executive Management Services & Neighbourhood House Coordinator

Donna joined Foundation Learning Centre (then NCLC) in 2014 as Administration Manager, following many years of being affiliated with the organisation as the director of Adlib Young Performers. 

In that role, Donna worked with many members of the community, supporting their search for social inclusion or learning opportunities. 

Donna has worked in numerous roles in many industries as event management, graphic design, and theatre production. Donna has spent most of her adult life involved in community theatre, and in 2011 she was honoured to receive the Lindsay King Arts Award for Performing Arts in Casey, for her contribution to youth theatre.   

Donna believes that everyone can aspire to be their best, and learning, at no matter what age or situation, opens up your world.

Fiona Fisher

Head of Department Youth Education

Fiona joined the organisation mid 2019 as Head of Department Youth Education. Prior to this, Fiona spent nine years as a Trainer, then Education Coordinator, for a well-respected non mainstream education & training organisation. Under her leadership, they developed a VCAL Program which was responsive to student interests and challenged the students to establish practical employability skills to be able to achieve their future life and work goals.

Fiona’s focus will be to analyse, develop and lead the Youth Education program at Foundation Learning College to cement their reputation as a leader in progressive training & education for young people. With a significant employment history in business & industry prior to moving into Education & Training, Fiona will work with the General Manager & CEO to further develop the Youth Education Department to meet the needs of the business and to be financially sustainable.

Fiona is passionate about the principles of lifelong learning and in the last decade has undertaken Vocational and Post Graduate courses in Applied Learning, Mental Health, TESOL, Adolescent Counselling, Education Support, and Business Management. With significant experience in supporting and nurturing vulnerable young people, Fiona has a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to grow the capacity of young people to engage not only in their education, but their lives.
Fiona will also focus on developing the skills and knowledge of the Youth Education team through professional development in curriculum, compliance, mentoring and adult learning principles. Known for her in-depth, practical and pragmatic approach, Fiona is hoping to refresh and re-invigorate the team to achieve further success for themselves and the young people they work with.

Lauren Etherington

Head of Department - Adult Education

As the Head of Department – Adult Education; Lauren oversees the coordination of the following programs; VET in Schools, Vogue Academy, Literacy, Repploy and Adult Education. She has many years’ experience within the vocational education sector and holds qualifications including Diploma of Vocational Education and Training Practice, Diploma of Training and Assessment, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Retail Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy.

Lauren’s background is in Retail Pharmacy, having 16 years’ experience in this vocational field. This is where her passion for educating and empowering others began, as she started workplace and classroom training for a local TAFE. This then lead her career on a successful pathway from training and assessing through to managing private training organisations, with their scope of registration covering qualifications from training packages including Community Pharmacy, Retail, Management, Early Childhood, Aged Care, Training and Assessment, Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing.

Lauren lives locally to Foundation Learning Centre and is very excited to meet new faces each and every day. As a mother of two young children, Lauren is very passionate about supporting parents along their journey to upskill and find a course that supports their long term family goals.

Sally Wood

Early Childhood Coordinator

Sally has had over 20 years’ experience in the education and care sector and has a passion for educating children and building strong community relationships.

Sally has worked across a number of areas in education including Primary Teaching, Early Childhood Education and teaching young people both in Melbourne and Queensland.
As the coordinator Sally looks forward to building the early learning centre into one of the leading choices for families for three year old early education programs.

Sally lives with her husband in the City of Casey and has two young children. Sally participates in her daughter’s calisthenics club and enjoys the sense of community that this provides.