Helen, who used to work as a TV Director for BBC News and current affairs, is the owner of two nurseries in York and was elected to sit on the Strategic Board as a Trustee by members of NDNA’s National Membership Council.
As one of nine Regional Chairs in England, Helen will be a champion of NDNA for members, the sector and the children and families that the organisation supports. She will play an important role, supporting the governance of NDNA, acting as a champion of high-quality care and early learning, and working to oversee NDNA in delivery of the right information, services and support for members.
Helen said: “My desire for excellence in childcare is a powerful motivator and I am very proud to have been elected to this role to have a part in improving early years provision in the Yorkshire and Humber region and across the country.
“Being a mum, I deeply believe that children deserve the best start in life and loving care and education allows children to reach their full potential in life. I work tirelessly to ensure my own nurseries provide this and I am looking forward to bringing this same energy and commitment to my new role within NDNA.”
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, added: “We are thrilled that Helen is joining the Board of Trustees, which is critical in helping to shape NDNA’s future and in promoting quality in early years through support for nurseries, practitioners, local authorities, partners and children and families.
“Bringing with her a wealth of experience as a nursery owner, and media expertise from her time in television, Helen will be working with our existing Trustees to share her knowledge. Our Trustees are vital to our success, and I would like to thank them all for their continued and valued contribution.”
Helen replaces former Regional Chair for Yorkshire and Humber, Lesley Dawson, who stepped down from the position in September after 11 years in the role.
The National Chair for Wales role, and Regional Chair for the North East, were also open for election this year and the current chairs – Tina Jones for Wales and Karen Veitch for the North East - are happy to remain in post. Co-opted Trustee Kevin Emsley, who is Managing Director of Lupton Fawcett LLP Solicitors in Leeds, has also been confirmed as remaining on the Board for a term of three years.
Notes to editors:
National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is a national charity representing children’s day nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children. NDNA is the voice of the sector, an integral part of the lives of nearly one million children and their families.
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National Day Nurseries Association is a national charity representing children’s nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children.