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


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

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.