National Policy Committee 

NDNA’s National Policy Committee advises the Strategic Board on policy issues. It is made up of all members of the Strategic Board, including national and regional chairs and additional members with specific areas of expertise. The National Policy Committee is made up of NDNA trustees plus the following people:

Purnima TanukuPurnima Tanuku OBE 

Chief Executive and chair of the National Policy Committee

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. 

Liz Elsom

Now working as an early years consultant, Liz is a qualified early years teacher who has spent her whole career working with young children or on their behalf. She recently retired from a full-time post at Ofsted where she was responsible for early years policy. Liz worked for Ofsted for 14 years in a variety of roles including inspection of early education; monitoring and training inspectors; the transfer of early years regulation from local authorities into Ofsted; developing inspection frameworks for early years provision in the private, voluntary and independent sector and children's centres; liaison with the Department for Education; and producing guidance for inspectors and providers.

Marg Randles OBE

Marg is a qualified and experienced teacher of children with multiple, complex needs. She was instrumental in developing the first Busy Bees Nursery in Lichfield, Staffordshire, over 30 years ago, primarily to provide high quality care for her own children. She is now the Managing Director of the nursery business with responsibility for the delivery of exceptional care performance in the 213 centres throughout the UK and she is also involved in all operational aspects of the business. Marg has strong links with government departments, local authorities and national associations.

Sarah Steel

Sarah Steel founded The Old Station Nursery in 2002 when she was looking for high quality childcare for her own small children. Since then the company has grown to six sites around the UK and she joined the NDNA policy committee in 2011 to help to share the concerns and challenges of nursery operators.

Kathy Sylva OBE 

Kathy Sylva is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oxford, Department of Education. She is one of the leaders of the Department for Education research on effective pre-school, primary and secondary education (EPPSE) and on the evaluations of the Graduate Leader Fund and the Early Learning Partnership Project. She was specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education in 2005-2009 and to the House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare in 2014-15. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to children and families.