NDNA Cymru Policy Committee 

NDNA Cymrus Policy Committee advises the Strategic Board on policy issues. It is made up national and regional chairs and additional members with specific areas of expertise.

Image of Purnima Tanuku, NDNA Chief ExecutivePurnima Tanuku OBE 

Chief Executive and chair of NDNA's Policy Committees

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. 

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.

Sandra Welsby

National Manager, NDNA Cymru 
Sandra is the National Manager for NDNA Cymru. Since joining NDNA in 2005, Sandra has been instrumental in developing the infrastructure of NDNA Cymru, her experience and knowledge of the sector enables NDNA Cymru to offer effective support and recognition to the early years and childcare sector throughout Wales. Sandra has a wealth of experience in early years and childcare in Wales, early years and childcare policy, multi agency working, funding and project management skills. Sandra has previously worked in the public, private and voluntary sector in Wales.

Debra Winney

Karen Graham 


Karen is a Director of the Centre for the Child, Family and Society and an Emeritus Professor of Childhood and Family Studies at Glyndwr University. She has experience as Director of multi award winning daycare and work-based learning provision. Karen's experience spans early years through to Key Stages 2. Karen also has broad experience working with local authorities, sector skills councils, child and family stakeholder groups and international working groups on children’s play and children’s rights. Karen is currently a member of the Early Years and Childcare Partnership and represents Wales at the World Forum Foundation. Karen has also worked with a major care and education provider in India.

Michelle Gowing

Chair for Denbighshire 

Michelle is owner and Manager of Sam’s Learning Tree Ltd, which was opened in 2001 with her sister. She is the Network chair for Denbighshire and has been for many years, Michelle has also supported and represented NDNA at local, regional and national events as part of the NDNA Cymru Policy Committee.

Ruth Morgan

Chair for Pembrokeshire
Ruth is NDNA's Chair for Pembrokeshire as a qualified and experienced children’s day nursery manager. Ruth holds a BSc (hons) degree in Childhood Studies from the University of Glamorgan. Ruth has also furthered her education recently by completing a Children’s Care Learning and Development Level 5 qualification.

Theresa Mills

Chair for Powys
Theresa set up and now manages First Steps Nursery in Mid Powys. Theresa introduced a creche at the local college she attended, she then set up a full day nursery provision from Llandrindod college. Theresa is a member of Wales PPA, Chair of Powys WPPA, and National Council for Powys WPPA and is a Trustee  for DYFODOL Powys Futures. Theresa introduced and is now the Network Chair for Powys. 

Tina Jones MBE

Tina has been managing director of her own nursery for many years and has supported the growth of NDNA Cymru to develop strong relationships with the Welsh Government and CSSIW. Tina supports NDNA Cymru in representing the views of members at various meetings.