case study

Affinity Education

Rapid promotion of middle managers into senior leadership positions


About Affinity Education

Affinity Education is one of Australia’s largest providers of early education and childcare with over 5,500 staff and 220 child care centres across the country.


The Challenge

At the time of seeking a leadership development program, Affinity Education had grown very quickly via acquisition and had rapidly promoted a large group of managers into senior leadership positions.

“We are in a talent market that is tougher than ever to attract and retain people. We have to come up with unique and better ways as an employer to motivate, engage and help our people achieve their own personal goals, as well as our professional goals.” said Linda Carroll, Chief People Officer.


The Solution

The Chief Maker MiniMBA was able to help Affinity Education elevate their leaders from operational roles, to a broader more strategic mindset. With the right skills and frameworks in their toolkit, these leaders have been able to take on more responsibility, start coaching their team below them, and be more accountable for the role they play in the growth of the company.

To date, Affinity Education has enrolled more than 10 leaders in the Chief Maker MiniMBA.


Outcomes & Results

“Coming out of the course, we were all on the same page. We were able to bounce ideas off each other throughout the course. It’s given us that cohesion.” said Natalie Baker, Operations Manager.

“I definitely think there’s value in sending multiple team members because they have the opportunity to share experiences, and come out of it speaking the same language, aligned to achieving the same goals, and using the same kinds of strategies.” said Linda, who is responsible for the career progression of all employees.


Affinity Education continues to enrol leaders in the Chief Maker MiniMBA based on small cohort sizes, personalised coaching, and customisable features. Enrol your team and experience the benefits of an aligned and cohesive leadership team.

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