June O’Sullivan MBE

Chief Executive

An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator 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. Read more about June

Michael Garstka


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

Vice Chair (Finance Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee)

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.

Richard Timmins


Richard is a Trustee and Treasurer of LEYF. He is a board level business leader, operating successfully as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Group Finance Director in a range of public and privately owned organisations over a period of 30 years.
He was the CFO and Chair of the Risk Committee at Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS), a global leader in talent acquisition services where he played a key role, in supporting significant growth as net fee income nearly tripled and EBITDA more than quadrupled over an 8 year period.
Richard’s experience spans large companies, including Watson Wyatt and Thomas Cook and much smaller organisations. His present portfolio reflects this. As well as his role as Trustee and Treasurer at LEYF he is an NED at AMS and Acuity Knowledge Partners and Chairman at IPM Global Mobility and LÙTH Associates.
His core skills encompass all aspects of financial and management accounting, audit, tax, risk management, stakeholder and shareholder management. He is an expert on mergers and acquisitions having been CFO of businesses that have sold for a combined value of over £1.9bn. He also coaches CFOs as they widen their experience.
Richard’s academic achievements include an MSc with Distinction in Economics, from the London School of Economics and BA First Class Dual Honours – awarded in Economics, Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield. He also successfully undertook the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.

Dr. Helen Jenner

Social Impact Committee Chair

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.

Madeleine Blackburn

Remuneration and Nominations Committee Chair

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.

Allan Lambert

Shared Service Centre Champion

Allan has a proven track record within the UK Travel, Tourism and Hospitality sector, particularly within holiday rentals and multi-site operations. He has gained wide-ranging experience in a number of senior leadership roles within many of the leading UK holidays providers. Having sat on the UK Board of Directors for Awaze, encompassing Cottages.com and Hoseasons, Managing Director, Blue Chip Holidays and senior Commercial and Marketing roles within Bourne Leisure Ltd – Haven Holidays, Warner Leisure Hotels and Butlins.

Allan is a Non-Executive Director for Habitat First Group, Hideaway Holidays Group (encompassing Rural Retreats) and Visit England. He is also a trustee for the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a charitable social enterprise and an ambassador for the Family Holiday Association (FHA).

Tony Perkins

(Finance Committee)

Chief Executive of LHA London – A registered charity providing low-cost affordable accommodation for young working people and students. 30 years experience of redevelopment and construction projects. Company Secretary LHA London & LHA Services. Working with the LHA Fund to support small London housing charities.

Mary Doogan

Trustee (Finance Committee & Remuneration and Nominations Committee)

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.

Mary Wynne Finch

Nursery Ambassador

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 event organisation, working and living in Paris, Milan, and Lillehammer. She is a Patron of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

Susana Castro-Kemp


Susana is a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in child development and education, and experience of working with young children, their families and multi-disciplinary teams. Susana joined University of Roehampton in 2013. She was principal investigator in a project on the implementation of Education Health and Care plans for children with disabilities in England, and UK representative on a European project aiming to develop an online tool to support the assessment of children with disabilities by multi-disciplinary teams. Susana is currently leading a project examining Ofsted reports of early childhood settings and the link between Ofsted ratings and children’s developmental outcomes.