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As a registered charity, the London Early Years Foundation is governed by a Board of seven Trustees, who support and agree our overall strategy with our CEO, June O'Sullivan, and Executive Management Team.
Tim has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of LEYF for nearly three years. He was previously Honorary Treasurer. During his time at LEYF, he has overseen a period of significant change and growth, and is excited by the prospect of continuing that growth, with LEYF as a social enterprise. As Tim says:
Growth is good! The more children whose lives we can improve by their engagement with our services, the closer we get to our vision
Tim is a qualified accountant with a broad range of experience in the public, private and third sector. He has worked most of his career in London, but is currently working as Director of Finance & IT for the States of Guernsey. He has three children and is a keen walker and runner – recently having completed the charity London to Brighton walk in 22 hours.
Mary Wynne Finch has a background in early years with a wide knowledge of the sector and several years’ experience of nursery teaching. Previous to that she worked in sporting events’ organisation, working and living in Paris, Milan and Lillehammer. She is a Patron of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. She enjoys singing, tapestry and being Welsh!
Richard is a national expert in efficiency, transformation and commissioning for local and central government, and is head of Cognizant PMC’s Public Sector practice. He is a Director of the Commissioning Support Programme and has worked on major government change programmes for more than 12 years.
In 2005 Richard led the national change programme which redesigned planning and commissioning of the £10bn children's services market. Key elements of this approach were then adopted by the major government departments. Richard's career however started in the Ministry of Defence in 1996 working on international naval procurement projects and space engineering. He then progressed through the Department of Health and Department for Education and Skills where he was a policy lead for Children's Trusts and the national service redesign, and then worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, PIPC and Cognizant as a consultant.
Richard has been published in major newspapers and journals and is the author of Outcomes & Efficiency: Leadership Handbook.
Vicki Eves’ professional background is in social work. She has spent most of her working life in the public and third sector developing multi-disciplinary and integrated community services for children and their families: for the past six years she has been a mentor on the NPQICL national leadership programme for managers of Children’s Centres.
Vicki is active in various local organisations and was on the BBC Children in Need Committee for three years, which she feels gave a real insight into some of the fantastic provision for children in the voluntary sector. She enjoys gardening, walking and out-door swimming, Scandinavian crime movies and is an enthusiastic cook!
Stewart Thomson originally trained as a Social Worker and has over 15 years experience at Board level in the Public, Private, University, and Not for Profit sectors, working in education, workforce development and human resources. He now divides his time working as a family mediator in London as well as running his own mediation practice.
Stewart is a Honorary Fellow of the Brunel University and enjoys the theatre, hiking and running. He joined LEYF as a trustee in 2011.
Mary's background is in the Business and Hospitality sector with over 10 years experience managing Central London Hotels. Coming from a large Irish family she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews as well as running and sailing. Through her background, she hopes to support LEYF's growth strategy and create unique opportunities for children.
Anna is experienced in influencing public policy at Government and Local Authority level, and in communications through traditional and social media, as well as exhibitions and education.
Head of External Affairs at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Anna oversees the organisation's communication with policy-makers, the public, the media and with the industry. She is currently conducting a major campaign to improve the quality of the nation's housing.
Anna has also worked in a support role with children from early years to teenage refugees and became a LEYF trustee in 2011. Anna had a baby in 2012, and is now enjoying first-hand experience of early years development.
Zeeshan started his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant. After qualifying in 2000, he spent two years in PwC Consulting, where he was involved in public sector technology consulting projects. He then joined Imperial Chemical Industries (acquired by AkzoNobel in 2008) where he worked until 2010 as Finance Director before joining De Beers Industrial Diamonds as Director of Financial Control. In 2012, Zeeshan set up his own management consulting company focusing on finance function transformation.
Zeeshan has delivered finance education at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, as well as several universities and multinational organisations in Europe and Asia. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Cultural Co-operation, a leading London based arts and education charity. Zeeshan joined LEYF as Board member in 2010 and was appointed Treasurer in 2012.