Our people

Boy looking up

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 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 People and Technology

Claire Reid – Children’s Services Director

Shannon Pite – Communications and External Affairs Director

Sarah Ellis – Business Development Director

Jennifer Rutzler - Membership and Customer Services Director


Our Trustees

Sophie Ross – Chair

David Gilbert – Vice chair

Lisa Maidment 

Graham McMillan

Lorna Pendred

Sarah Presswood

Raymond Smith

Claire Stebbings

Christine Cheshire

Sandra Blank

Keith Appleyard



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