CEO & Trustees
June O’Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive
An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentor on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in an increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past ten years.
As CEO and creator of the UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF's scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families.
June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational early years education as the basis for greater social cultural capital to deliver long-term social impact. She continues to advise Governments as well as a range of organisations, academics and services at home and overseas about how best to implement a social enterprise vision for Early Years.
June is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early Years Nutrition Partnership, Trustee to London Hostels Association. Director of Social Enterprise UK, Member of Sustain Children's Food Fund and Founding Member of International Early Years. She has recently joined the Mayor's Advisory Skills Board. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London's children. She won the Social Enterprise UK Women's Champion Award in November 2014 and in February 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex. In 2016 she was named one of the 500 Influential People in the UK by Debretts. In 2017 she was delighted to receive the most Influential Person in Early Years Award and joined the top 10 WISE women.
June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and MBA from London South Bank University.
Michael Garstka, Chairman
Michael Garstka is a senior partner with the global management consultancy Bain & Company in its London office. Michael works with a select set of senior executives and shareholders on strategy-driven corporate transformations and turnarounds. He works extensively in the telecommunications and energy/utility sectors. He has lived and supported clients in the UK, continental Europe, Asia and the United States. He is an elected member of Bain & Company’s global partner Compensation and Promotion Committee and a former elected member of the firm’s global Board of Directors. Michael lives in southwest London with his wife and three teenage children. Michael is an American by birth, and recently became a UK citizen.
Latif Sayani, Treasurer
Latif joined the LEYF board in 2014 as Treasurer and Chairs the Finance Committee. Over the last 25 years Latif has been active in children’s charities in New York (Student Sponsor Partnership) and the UK (NSPCC). Latif’s professional background is in financial services. After a decade in mergers and acquisitions in New York, he joined the insurance industry and has board experience at both brokers and insurers. Latif has an MA (Law) from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.
Mary Wynne Finch, Nursery Ambassador
Mary Wynne Finch has a background in early years with wide knowledge of the sector and several years’ experience of nursery teaching. Previous to that she worked in sporting event organisation, working and living in Paris, Milan and Lillehammer. She is a Patron of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Mary Doogan, Trustee
Mary is Operations Director of a family owned Group of independently run 4* and 5* Hotels situated in some of London's most prestigious locations. She has worked in the Hospitality Industry for in excess of 15 years having completed at BSC in Hospitality Management. Mary has a strong business acumen and utilises these skills for the benefit of the LEYF Finance Sub Committee. Mary has well established links with the 3rd sector. She visited Nepal in 2014 with Springboard; the UK's largest Hospitality charity following which, she was one of the founding members of the Nepal 14 Club; the purpose of which was to leave a lasting legacy and to ensure the sustainability of education in a local setting. Mary is originally from Northern Ireland and is one of seven children.
Alethea Siow, Trustee
Alethea Siow is a solicitor specialising in banking and corporate work. After spending over 15 years in private practice in London (and briefly in Hong Kong), she is now Head of Structured Finance at a London based property developer, Blackfriars Investments. From 1996 to 2014, she was on the group board of A2 Dominion, a major provider of high quality housing in London and the South East. Alethea is on the Council of the Royal College of Music and has been a past member of the Audit Committee of the Royal Institution and also of the Methodist Council. She Chairs LEYF's Social Impact Committee.
Caroline Tulloch, Trustee
Caroline joined the Board in 2014, and also sits on the Finance and Impact sub-committees. Caroline is an Investment Director at Bridges Ventures, an impact-led investment company which provides investment and support to organisations delivering social change through sustainable business models. Through this role, Caroline has worked with a wide range of charities and social enterprises, supporting them to grow their business and scale their impact. Prior to Bridges, Caroline worked in the corporate finance team at Ernst & Young, specialising in commercial due diligence advice. Caroline read PPE at Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant.
Sarah Wilson, Trustee
Sarah became a LEYF Trustee in 2014, and is also a member of the governing body at an all-women’s college in Cambridge University. For the last five years she has been working in international development – first at Save the Children and then at Voluntary Service Overseas. Before this, Sarah was an economist and financial regulator – at the Bank of England and then the Financial Services Authority.
Dr Helen Jenner
Dr Helen Jenner is a teacher by profession and has spent 40 years working with children in London. She was Headteacher at Harbinger Primary School for 13 years, has held a variety of roles in Tower Hamlets, including Head of Early Years and Service Head for Access and Inclusion Services. She has recently retired after 7 years as Director of Children's Services in Barking and Dagenham. Helen is passionate about early years provision and believes safe, high quality opportunities in our settings are crucial in "closing the gap" for disadvantaged or vulnerable children.
A LEYF Trustee since October 2016, Madeleine has over 19 years of experience of talent management, recruitment and resourcing across a range of industries, geographies and sectors. This includes over 12 years at Alexander Mann Solutions, a leading provider of recruitment outsourcing and consulting solutions, where she currently works. A LEYF parent, Madeleine has a degree in Chemistry from Christ Church, Oxford. Madeleine has chaired the Remuneration and Nomination Committee since June 2017.