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
Purnima, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the strategic direction of NDNA.
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 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 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’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 recently launched international activities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org