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meet our senior management team

Below you can meet our senior management team and find out about them by reading their profiles.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association

IoD logo Purnima, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the strategic direction of NDNA.

Purnima Tanuku

Purnima represents members with Government, politicians and local authorities, as well as sharing the views of nurseries in the media. Since joining NDNA, she has focused on developing the charity’s infrastructure to support and represent the membership across the UK. Purnima was instrumental in the development of NDNA’s National Early Years Enterprise Centre.She has a wealth of experience at senior executive level working with public, private and charitable organisations. In September 2009 Purnima Tanuku was awarded the Voluntary & Charity Sector award at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year awards. Purnima was also 'highly commended' in the 2010 Director of the Years awards. Purnima was awarded an OBE in 2011.

Claire Schofield, Director of Membership, Policy and Communications

Claire Schofield, Director of Membership, Policy and CommunicationsClaire leads on the support services for members, and the representation of NDNA with the Government, key organisations and the media. Claire is responsible for ensuring that NDNA feeds in the views of members to Government and stakeholder organisations such as the Department for Education (DfE). Claire supports Purnima in meetings with key MPs and parliamentarians across England, Scotland and Wales and also works with the press office in responding to the media about childcare developments and issues.

Stella Ziolkowski, Director of Quality and Workforce Development

Stella Ziolkowski, Director of Quality and Workforce DevelopmentStella heads up the workforce development and training provision at NDNA to ensure that all accredited and non-accredited training meet 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.

Patricia Hanson, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development

Patricia Jackson, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development

Patricia is responsible for NDNA’s regional and national team which works to support members with specific issues on a local level. Patricia works to promote partnership for the childcare sector at a national, regional and local level. She has been key in the launch of training and support for both members and local authorities to enable better partnerships. Patricia has an extensive background in grant-giving and capacity building roles.

Anne Naylor, Director of Finance and Support Services

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 within the charity. Anne is a chartered accountant with many years experience in advising businesses.

To get in touch with our senior management team, please email info@ndna.org.uk