June O’Sullivan MBE

Chief Executive & Company Secretary

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 (LEYF), resulting in an increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past 10 years. Read more about June

Michael Garstka

Chair (Remuneration & Nominations Committee)

Michael Garstka is a Senior Partner with the global management consultancy Bain & Company. Based in Bain 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.

Latif Sayani

Vice Chair (Finance Committee and Remuneration & Nominations Committee)

Latif joined the LEYF board in 2014 as Treasurer and until last year (2020) was Chair of 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. Latif has an MA (Law) from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

Richard Timmins

Treasurer (Chair Finance Committee)

Richard 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 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.

Dr. Helen Jenner

Trustee (Chair Social Impact Committee)

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 and held a variety of roles in Tower Hamlets Local Authority including Head of Early Years & Service and Head for Access & Inclusion Services. She has recently retired after seven years as Director of Children’s Services in Barking and Dagenham.

Madeleine Blackburn

Trustee (Chair Remuneration & Nominations Committee)

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. A former LEYF parent, Madeleine has a degree in Chemistry from Christ Church, Oxford. Madeleine has chaired the Remuneration & Nomination Committee since June 2017.

Allan Lambert

Trustee (Social Impact Committee)

Allan has a proven track record within the UK travel, tourism and hospitality sector, particularly within holiday rentals and multi-site operations. Allan is a Non-Executive Director for Habitat First Group, Hideaway Holidays Group (encompassing Rural Retreats) and Visit England. He is also an ambassador for the Family Holiday Association (FHA).

Tony Perkins

Trustee (Finance Committee)

Tony is Chief Executive of LHA London, a registered charity providing affordable and secure accommodation for young working people and students. He has 30 years experience in redevelopment and construction projects and is Company Secretary of LHA London & LHA Services. Tony also works with the LHA Fund to support small London housing charities.

Mary Doogan

Trustee (Finance Committee & Remuneration and Nominations Committee)

Mary has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years as Director of Operations and holds a BSc in Hospitality Management. Mary has well-established links with the Third Sector. In 2014, she visited Nepal with Springboard, the UK’s largest hospitality charity. This led to her becoming one of the founding members of the Nepal 14 Club whose aim is to ensure the sustainability of education in local settings.

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

Trustee (Social Impact Committee)

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.