NDNA’s Senior Management Team 

Image of Purnima Tanuku, NDNA Chief ExecutivePurnima Tanuku OBE 

Chief Executive

Purnima, supported by the Board of Trustees, leads the strategic direction of NDNA. She has developed NDNA into the Voice of the Sector, the strongest and biggest representative organisation for early years across the UK. Purnima negotiates with Government Ministers and parliamentarians, civil servants and local authorities. She regularly appears on national television, radio, online and print media sharing the views of our nursery members, raising public awareness and lobbying Government for better support for nurseries and their children. 
Since joining NDNA, Purnima has developed the organisation’s infrastructure to support and represent the membership across the UK. She was instrumental in developing NDNA’s National Early Years Enterprise Centre at its headquarters in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  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.

Graham Whitham 

Head of Policy and External Relations 

Graham joined NDNA from Oxfam where he worked for two years as Senior Policy Advisor on Oxfam’s UK Poverty programme. Prior to joining Oxfam, Graham worked at Save the Children for six years as part of the charity’s domestic senior management team. In that role he managed Save the Children’s policy and advocacy work on a range of issues including childcare funding, the poverty premium and social security reform. Graham works with colleagues at NDNA to ensure that the UK government gets major policy challenges facing the sector right.