Our people

We are the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England and we employ more than 2,000 people. 

Our national centre is based in London supported by a network of Service Hubs across the country who deliver a range of services for our members locally.

We are dedicated to our members and their interests inform everything we do.

Every year, we are supported by around 750 volunteers who give an estimated 30,000 hours of support annually.

Our volunteers play a vital part in our work – supporting families, carrying out practical tasks such as improving outdoor spaces, organising outings, joining parent-run committees and campaigning to protect the interests of families.

Our Operational Management Group

Neil Leitch – Chief Executive

Michael Freeston – Director of Quality Improvement

Katharine Heeps – Director of Finance

Paul Donaldson – Director of Human Resources

Anne Vine – Children’s Services Director

Shannon Hawthorne – Press and Public Affairs Director

Christine Moneypenny – Development Services Director

Our Trustees

Sophie Ross – Chair

Lisa Maidment – Vice Chair

Mark Hart – Hon. Treasurer

Val Chadwick

David Gilbert

Simona McKenzie

Graham McMillan

Lorna Pendred

Sarah Presswood

Raymond Smith

Claire Stebbings