Board

PACEY’s Board of Trustees is made up of the Association’s Chair and up to 12 trustees. A minimum of five of the trustees should have expertise in childcare and the remaining trustees may come from a wide range of backgrounds. They must all have an interest in childcare and an understanding of business issues, such as finance, marketing or charity operations.

All Board members are volunteers. The Board has appointed from among the trustees a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Chair of the Audit Committee. Other committees include Recruitment and Selection, and Remuneration.

Chair

Dr Amy Page, became Chair in November 2020.

With extensive experience in the early years and childcare sector, Amy began her journey as a paediatric doctor. In 2013, she gained her Early Years Professional Status and then became a childminder for six years until 2017. Passionate about early years, while Amy was a childminder she also set up a local childminding network and helped to run toddler groups in the local area. 

After 2017, Amy then joined a nursery chain and helped manage their group of pre-schools, day nurseries and after-school clubs. With her previous experience, she has recently re-entered the medical profession, currently working for a medical insurance company.  

Amy joined the PACEY board initially as a Trustee in 2018 and was appointed the position of Chair in November 2020. 

You can contact Amy by email at chair@pacey.org.uk or write to her care of PACEY, Northside House, Third Floor, 69 Tweedy Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3WA

Trustees

Howard Bratter is a highly self-motivated and proactive finance professional with a broad range of hands-on managerial, organisational, communication and problem solving skills. Originally from the United States, he came to the UK in 2004 to pursue a career in the Third Sector. He holds a Master's degree from City University where he concentrated his studies on effective charity governance and board responsibilities. Howard is a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and has been the lead finance professional for charities in the cultural, social care, membership, education and grant giving arenas.

Tom Broome has a background in software business development and delivery, and is currently Director of Engagement, Commercial at ClearMetal where he is responsible for retention, upserving and delivery in Europe. Prior to that he helped scale two US startups and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant while at Deloitte Management Consulting. He has joined the Board because, being a father of one, he believes in the importance of high quality early years care and is dedicated to helping providers deliver just that.

David Burch is currently Head of Finance and Procurement at a leading chartered professional body. David has extensive experience of finance, ICT and procurement in both professional bodies and commercial organisations.  
Helen Cazaly is a Senior Lecturer in Education, delivering the Early Years strand of a Joint Honours Degree in Education and their BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies. Helen was previously an FE lecturer and also ran her own childcare business, first as a registered childminder then as childcare on domestic premises.
Lindsay Doe has a wealth of experience working within the childcare sector, with an excellent insight and knowledge of the various childcare options available to parents. She is currently the Managing Director of a childcare business which operates and delivers large-scale childcare operations across multiple sectors, ensuring that quality and a child centric environment remains at the heart of the business. Lindsey joined the Board as, from her own experience juggling a career with young family, she is passionate about supporting working parents to successfully blend family and a career. She wants to ensure that all forms of childcare and represented, valued, and supported to aid parents when making their childcare choices.
Stephanie Douglas is Head of Early Intervention and Localities for Doncaster Borough Council. She has over 25 years' experience working in the education and skills sector and 20 years working as a Local Authority Senior Officer. Stephanie is dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families by the leadership and implementation of excellence in policy and practice. She has been awarded the MBE for services to Education and Early Years in 2021. Stephanie joined the Board because she is passionate about the care and education of young children and their families, and to represent the voice of the sector she values very highly.
Andrea Egan is an Actuary with significant experience in risk management. She is currently a Senior Risk Manager within the Lloyd's of London insurance market, having previously worked at PwC and EY. Andrea is a school governor at two schools in South London, both of which have early years' settings; she joined the Board to further contribute to the early years' agenda in a meaningful and impactful way. Andrea also has 2 young sons.

Vicky Walsh previously worked in the property industry and became a childminder after struggling to find reliable high quality care for her sons. Eight years on, her business has gone from strength to strength thanks to her passion, skill and business mind.

Shanti Flynn is an experienced education professional with a passion and dedication to the Early Years. Her current role is supporting a chain of bi-lingual settings and leading staff teams to raise the standards of care and education; enabling young children to achieve the best possible outcomes. In previous roles, Shanti has worked as a teacher, Local Authority Adviser, Area SENCo and as an Early Years Ofsted Inspector.

Elizabeth Martine has skills in risk management, control and governance and is the Head of Risk at Close Brothers Asset Management. Her financial services experience includes Asset Management, Fund Management, Private Banking, Treasury and Assurance. With two young children, Elizabeth has joined the Board to provide the perspective of a parent to the provision of quality childcare and increase the uptake of services in the sector.

Andrew Maxwell is currently Head of Markets and Infrastructure at a large IT Services organisation, focusing on Digital Transformation. He has a background in delivery, operations and sales. As the parent of young children, Andrew joined the Board because he has experienced first-hand the impact early years practitioners have on the development of children.

Sharne McLean is currently Head of Early Years and Childcare at the London Borough of Royal Greenwich. In her role, Sharne has been driven to promote the value of early learning and childcare to families and organisations, especially supporting private, voluntary and independent providers, including registered childminders. Sharne has joined PACEY’s Board to support the ambitions of the organisation in making sure every child has the best possible early years’ experience, valuing the role of excellent practice in the sector and increasing parental confidence in using childcare.

Chloe Webster has been a registered childminder since 2016 and works in partnership with a childminder colleague to run Pebbles Childcare in Worthing. A PACEY member, Chloe is active on social media and in her local community, sharing good practice and providing CPD opportunities for other early year’s providers. She is also a parent and joined the Board because she’s passionate about Early Years and the future of our sector to improve outcomes for all providers, children and families.

Nicola Williams is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the Institute of the British Coaching Foundation. She is currently working as the HR Regional Manager (Europe) at a large international charity. In previous roles, she has held voluntary positions as Chair of HR and Health and Safety Committees.