NDNA’s Senior Management Team 

Image of Purnima Tanuku, NDNA Chief ExecutivePurnima Tanuku OBE 

Chief Executive

Purnima, in conjunction with the Board, is responsible for the strategic direction of NDNA. Purnima represents members with Government, parliamentarians and local authorities, as well as sharing the views of nurseries in the national media. Since joining NDNA, she has focused on developing the charity’s infrastructure to support and represent the membership across the UK and was instrumental in the development of NDNA’s National Early Years Enterprise Centre. Purnima has a wealth of experience at senior executive level working with public, private and charitable organisations. In 2010 Purnima was awarded OBE for services to families. 

Patricia Hanson

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development

Patricia’s role within NDNA is to provide clear leadership to the organisation’s teams, enabling and empowering staff to develop services which promote and support the work of the sector and the organisation. This involves providing a strategic overview of the organisation’s partnership working and commissioning with local authorities to support the sustainability of the sector. Since 2009, building on her background in business development and voluntary sector capacity building, Patricia has designed and delivered a range of employment programmes for young people interested in a career in childcare and has proactively sought out partnerships for the successful delivery of these programmes. She also leads on NDNA Cymru (Wales) and the organisation’s international activities.

Stella Ziolkowski 

Director of Quality and Workforce Development 

Stella heads up the workforce development and training provision at NDNA and works to ensure that all accredited and non-accredited training meets the needs of members. Stella has been instrumental in the growth of NDNA’s quality assurance programme, relaunched as e-Quality Counts in 2008. Stella represents the views of members on workforce development issues and has a strong history in supporting adults to achieve learning and development goals.

Anne Naylor

Director of Finance and Support Services

Anne heads up finance at NDNA and is responsible for the effective management of NDNA funds. She also manages NDNA’s National Early Years Enterprise Centre and internal support services, including IT and HR. Anne is a chartered accountant with many years' experience advising businesses.