Executive Team & Trustees
June O’Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive
An inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on early years, social business and child poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation resulting in increased profile and profitability over the past eight years. June continues to advise the Government in order to better implement their vision for early years. June is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early Arts, Council Member of the Early Intervention Foundation, Chair of Paddington Farm Trust, and Founding Member of the Institute for Early Years and was recently voted into the ‘NMT Power 20’ - top 3. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London’s children. 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 as UK citizen.
Neil Fenton, Director of Finance and Social Investment
An experienced finance professional, Neil spent 20 years in the music industry. As Chief Operating Officer at the Music Division of Chrysalis Group plc he was instrumental in managing change and achieving international growth through acquisition. In 2008 he sought a complete change of direction, moving into the charity and social enterprise sector with LEYF, where he has contributed to a major strategic and cultural shift for the organisation, resulting in growth and a significant increase in both profile and securing a sustainable base for the future. Neil is passionate about children's wellbeing, both in the UK with LEYF and overseas through his work as a Trustee of War Child. Neil is a Chartered Accountant, with a BA in Mathematics from St John’s College, Oxford.
Louise Cooper, Director of Business Development
Louise leads the Growth and Marketing teams at LEYF. She joined LEYF in June 2013, bringing a rich and diverse set of skills and experiences from 17 years in the private sector, public and not for profit sectors. At LEK Consulting, she gained a strategy consulting skill set, which includes market and financial analysis, due diligence on acquisition targets and strategic reviews. She worked for the global retailer Tesco for 6 years, developing and delivering change programmes across stores, distribution and commercial functions, including in the supply chain to reduce carbon emissions. Prior to Tesco, she was in the Enterprise Team at the UK Government Treasury. She has also led UnLtd South Africa in Cape Town, a non profit organisation which support social entrepreneurs, and has worked with Boston based venture philanthropy fund New Profit. Louise was a trustee of UnLtd UK for 4 years. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MChem from Oxford University.
Rashid Iqbal, Director of Children and Families Services
Rashid joined LEYF in October 2013 as Director of Children and Families after working for the Children’s Society where he was the Commissioning Director for Children and Families. He was responsible for growing a portfolio of direct services that included volunteering, early intervention and over 43 children centres and 7 nurseries in England. Prior to the Children’s Society Rashid was seconded to the Office for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office where he contributed to the development of the public service reform and national wellbeing agenda.
Neil King, Director of HR and Organisational Development
Neil has spend his career working with children and young people, initially as a trainer and facilitator of residential programmes for vulnerable young people, and then as a children’s nurse with children and families in a high dependence unit within the NHS. Following this he became an Early Years Teacher working across schools and children’s centres in the North-West and then an Early Years Training Coordinator at Brent Council. He joined LEYF in 2005 as Staff Development Manager and was appointed to the post of Director of HR and Organisational Development in 2011. During this time he has been responsible for the recruitment, training and development of over 300 employees, driven the growth in the number of graduates from 2% to 20% of the workforce and developed both the LEYF approach to assessment centres for recruitment and LEYF’s Apprenticeship Programme.
Latif Sayani, Treasurer
Latif joined the LEYF board in 2014 as Honorary 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.
Charlotte Barford, Trustee
Charlotte started her career with Bain management consultants, having studied Mathematics at Oxford University. Following a year working for a charity in Poland, Charlotte gained an MBA from Harvard and worked for United Biscuits Plc in London and Chicago in various strategy and management roles, before joining CBL, a construction equipment company which she has run for 17 years. Charlotte became a trustee of LEYF in 2013.
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.
Caroline Tulloch, Trustee
Caroline previously worked in the Corporate Finance team at Ernst & Young, where she specialised in providing commercial due diligence advice. She now works at Bridges Ventures where she is responsible for investing the Social Entrepreneurs Fund. Caroline read Politics, Philosophy & Economics 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.
Anna Scott-Marshall, Trustee
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.
Stewart Thomson, Trustee
Stewart 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 an Honorary Fellow of the Brunel University.