STORY HOUSE EARLY LEARNING LEADERSHIP TEAM
Story House Early Learning has a leadership team consisting of leading early childhood professionals with many years of combined experience in the sector and other industries.
Justin Laboo | CEO
Previously CEO and Managing Director of former ASX Listed Child Care provider Affinity Education Group Ltd. Justin lead the group from start-up, through to IPO listing and the acquisition and integration of over 170 childcare centres throughout Australia.
His experience extends to the management of US and China operations in service & seniors accommodation industries. Justin was working with Chinese partners and 2 of the 4 largest insurance companies in China, on the co-investment, development and operation of integrated Aged Care Master Plan communities in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing.
He joined FKP Property Group in 2005, as Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury, leading the Property Group’s treasury, mergers and acquisitions activities across the senior’s accommodation and Property Trust industries. He was appointed as FKP’s Executive General Manager in 2006, leading all aspects of FKP’s Retirement and Aged Care division until 2012. Justin was also Executive Director & CEO for Forest Place Group, a separate and ASX listed Aged Care and Retirement Living group. In addition he was also a Director on the National Board of the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) (prior to the Property Council merger), and Chairman of the QLD chapter of the RVA.
He has more than 20 years experience in general management, operations, finance and strategy, across the property, banking, construction and energy industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Laws, and an Executive MBA from the AGSM.
Tony Finn | CFO
Tony’s most recent role was Financial Controller for Affinity Education Group, where he was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day finance and reporting functions. Tony oversaw the settlement and financial integration of over 40 childcare centres acquired by the group. He had extensive involvement in various capital raisings, the G8 take-over defense and subsequent Anchorage acquisition and business turnaround.
Prior to this, Tony spent five years based in London working for HSBC and its subsidiaries, including three years as Implementation Manager for HSBC Holdings plc, where he was responsible for the roll out of centralised finance systems to intermediary holdings entities across the group. He oversaw the migration of the accounting and control of several Dutch holding entities to the London head office, following closure of the Amsterdam office.
With over 15 years of post-qualified experience, Tony demonstrates strong leadership, extensive implementation and technical skills. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Kellie Perren | COO
Kellie Perren brings to the company a vast amount of current early childhood experience.
Kellie has worked previously in a diverse range of roles in one of the largest providers in Queensland. Kellie has written and delivered early childhood training courses, was instrumental in the largest role out of state based kindergartens in Qld, has designed partnership programs to support service delivery, as well as supporting a portfolio of Exceeding rated services.
Her most recent role saw her being instrumental in the negotiation and implementation of two enterprise bargaining agreements. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Business as well as training qualifications.