Affinity Education Group Welcomes New Chief People Officer

Affinity Education Group welcomes new CPO

Affinity Education Group has announced the upcoming arrival of our new Chief People Officer, Rolanda Mitchell, who will take the company’s People and Culture team forward for 2024 and beyond. 

“It’s great news to be able to announce Rolanda will be joining our executive team here at Affinity Education Group, she is a very impressive individual with a compelling leadership style, and she aligns strongly with our values and vision for early education in Australia,” CEO Tim Hickey said. 

A well respected and collaborative leader, Rolanda brings with her extensive experience in change management and business transformation, having worked in senior and executive positions alongside CEO’s and Boards across a number of industries, including a four-year period at C&K – The Creche & Kindergarten Association.  

“I am absolutely honored and delighted to be joining the team at Affinity Education Group, this is a fantastic opportunity to join a team dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families,” Ms Mitchell said. 

“I look forward to contributing to a culture of excellence and innovation, where employees are empowered to deliver outstanding educational and care services, and I am excited for the journey ahead,” she said. 

Her most recent role is as Head of People & Culture at AVEO, supporting HR/IR, Organisational Development, Talent Acquisition, Payroll, and People systems and Remuneration for 2,000 employes across 87 locations. Her focus areas are long-term strategy development, engagement, attraction and retention.  

In announcing Roland’s appointment, CEO Tim Hickey thanked outgoing CPO, Linda Carroll, for her decade of contribution to Affinity Education Group. 

“Linda has had a sterling 10-year career with Affinity, and has been a key leader in helping to make Affinity Education Group the company it is today. Her passion and expertise helped us to embed the Affinity Way culture and sector leading people processes, and her leadership in the formation of our Affinity Learning Academy has benefitted the careers of hundreds of early childhood educators across Australia,” Mr Hickey said. 

Rolanda’s appointment at Affinity Education Group will commence in July.