NDNA’s senior management team 

Meet NDNA's CEO and directors

Purnima Tanuku OBEChief Executive: Purnima Tanuku OBE 

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 represents the sector to Government Ministers, 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 the support nurseries need to deliver high quality care and education for their children.

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. 

Jonathan BroadberyDirector of Policy and Communications: Jonathan Broadbery

Jonathan is responsible for NDNA’s policy and press work within England, Scotland and Wales. He works with NDNA members and strategic Government contacts, policy advisers and the media to promote policies which support quality early years education and care.

With a background in national and local government, he has experience in delivering real change through lobbying, engagement and media work. His role is responsible for supporting NDNA’s national policy committees as well as managing the work of NDNA Scotland and NDNA Cymru.

Stella ZiolkowskiDirector of Quality and Workforce Development: Stella Ziolkowski 

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. Her responsibility also includes Millie’s Mark, publications and contract management of funded projects in England.

Stella represents the views of members on workforce issues and has a strong history in supporting adults to achieve learning and development goals.

Alan WadsworthDirector of Finance and Support Services: Alan Wadsworth

Alan heads up finance at NDNA and is responsible for the effective management of NDNA funds.

He also manages NDNA’s National Early Years Enterprise Centre and internal support services, including HR, Health & Safety and IT.

Alan is a Chartered Management Accountant with many years' charity senior management experience.


Cara BrundleDirector of Business Development: Cara Brundle

Cara is responsible for membership services, brand marketing and corporate partnerships at NDNA. She leads the teams that ensure the charity delivers membership services and benefits, which support nurseries to deliver high quality care and education. With a focus on funding and income generation, she is ensuring that NDNA can continue to invest in our people, products and services; to meet the changing needs of our members and learners. 

Cara has a wealth of experience working in corporate, charitable and public sector organisations. She has spent the past two decades working in business support and economic development, where she has supported business leaders, entrepreneurs and local authorities with strategy and business planning. She has also led teams responsible for corporate partnerships, income generation and programme delivery.