CONTACT: or 0402283783

Wendi Aylward  – President

wendiWendi Aylward is the managing director of AIFS (Australia) and is CAPAA’s founding and current president, having chaired CAPAA for the last 6 years. Wendi has worked in management roles with DFAT and cultural exchange provider, CIEE, and has lived and worked in Boston, London and Tokyo. In addition to her role as the managing director of AIFS (Australia) for the past 13 years, Wendi is part of an policy advisory group for IAPA (International Au Pair Association) in addition to serving on the BYTAP panel (the youth and backpacking panel under the Australian Tourism Export Council. Wendi is a founding member of CAPAA,  represents the association at meetings with government, and is an active media spokesperson for the industry. 

Inquiries: Wendi Aylward  / 0402283783


Nicole Kofkin  – Secretary

Nicole KofkinNicole Kofkin is the owner of Smartaupairs Australia and has been an active member of CAPAA for the last 4 years. Nicole originally founded Smartaupairs UK over a decade ago. Nicole has been actively involved with IAPA (International Au Pair Association) and a board member of both BAPAA (British AU Pair Agencies Association) and ECAPS (European Committee of Au Pair Standards). Nicole has lived in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and the French Alps, as well as short periods in Australia and Bulgaria for various roles in International Tourism. 

Inquiries: Nicole Kofkin 9451 3888 



Heather Smaellie – Treasurer

Heather Smaelie was born in the UK and is a founding member of CAPAA. Considered a pioneer in introducing au pairs to the families of Perth, she started the first Western Australian Au Pair Agency in 2001. Heather has lived in New Zealand and Australia and worked in shipping, IT and investment and  has coordinated homestay placements and study group tours for language schools. She has also recruited international students to study in Western Australia, hosted many International students herself, and was a volunteer assistant and fundraising coordinator for 12 years with Camp Quality. Heather has always enjoyed working with youth from all countries and is proud to welcome them to Australia and show them our beautiful country and culture, our unique lifestyle.