Where the Passion Begins
Chair of the Board
Catherine Mawston is a recently retired Head Teacher with extensive experience in independent and state schools and in the training and education of adults as an officer in the RAF.
The Chair of the Board is responsible for ensuring that the nursery operates in a safe manner and for the strategic decisions, after disscussions with other trustees, that ensure the effective running of the nursery and that the trustees carry out their duties efficiently.
Robin Dean has a wide range of experience in running a variety of businesses, including other local charities. He is, amongst many other activities, the churchwarden of St Mary's Stanford and secretary of Teme Valley South Parochial Church Council. He has considerable knowledge about IT from his background as an IT project manager in prestigious organisations and as a lecture in college. He also runs the Silver Surfer Support to help local people with IT problems and hopes to retuen as the IT Champion at Tenbury Libaryin due course.
The company secretary is responsible for the finacial operation of the nursery with the assistance of a paid book keeper. Additionally, Robin advises on IT hardware and management software.
Trustee with Responsibility for Educational Support
Valarie Pardy is a retired educational psychologist whose professional experience involved regular work with children of all ages, the professional development of teachers and the application of psychology to promote the understanding of children's emotional development needs in education.
Throughregular consultations with the nursery management team she is able to advise about curriculum development, the educational development of the children of nursery age, children with soecial educational needs and the general wellbeing of staff and children.
Trustee with Responsibility for Safeguarding
Cecilia Dean is currently Head of Science and a Maths teacher at a local Prep school. Previously, she has worked in Abu Dhabi in a senior management role and as a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
As the Safeguarding Trustee, Cecilia will ensure that policies are fully implemented and up to date. In the event of a safeguarding concern the safeguarding trustee will work with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.