The Fennies Team

As an organisation, our aim is to change the perception of the nursery industry by being the best and moving it forward. Our driven team know what really matters, their passion for our mission and values attribute to our growing business and exceptional culture. 

 Senior Management Team

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Steven founded Fennies Nurseries nearly 30 years ago alongside his wife Sarah. Steven is best known for driving the growth of businesses and evolving company culture within the technology industry. Now seated as Fennies CEO he devotes his time to Fennies Nurseries where he works closely with his Senior Management Team to provide an outstanding childcare and educational experience for under 5’s.

Alexia Fenn


Operations Director

Alexia started her education at Fennies, Beech House, and went on to graduate from Newcastle University in 2016. Following this, Alexia spent 5 years in Finance, with 3 of those at Goldman Sachs. Alexia has joined Fennies to develop our internal culture, aligning our teams and values, so that as our ambitious vision for expansion continues Fennies offering remains unique within the Early Years Market.

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Chief Financial Officer

Brian is a Chartered Management Accountant and started his career in Practice before moving into Industry. He spent the last 20 years as CFO in the Property Development and Construction sectors, gaining experience in PLC’s, Owner run and Private Equity backed businesses. Brian is responsible for Fennies’ financial strategy, working with the Senior Management Team to ensure the company’s financial strategy and operational vision is aligned.

Christina Grace


Chief Marketing Officer

Christina joined Fennies as maternity cover after an eventful marketing career working in multiple industries such as diamond jewellery and real estate. Christina grew her marketing career in Dubai where she organised extravagant events at the Burj Khalifa and developed her skills within brand marketing.Christina works closely with her team to create imaginative marketing campaigns that engage and educate our children, parents and staff with a contemporary approach.  

Rageena Tahir


Head of EYFS

Rageena joined our quality team as a Regional Quality Manager, with over 11 years of experience working in nurseries and teaching children English as an additional language. She developed her role and grew into our Head of Education, holding a level 6 qualification in childcare herselfRageena now works alongside our internal education specialists to curate specific moduleand refine learning activities within our nurseries.  


Jamie Atkins


Academy Lead

Jamie is an expressive and interactive facilitator who encourages a collaborative approach to learning. Previously working as a primary school teacher, this experience catapulted his interest in coaching others and Jamie moved into the Early Years sector as a professional Development Consultant. He has a keen interest in coaching others as well as being an advocate for supporting mental well-being.  

Pru Barwood


Academy Lead

Pru plays a vital role in the management of our apprenticeship program from an operational perspective, ensuring all training is aligned with policies, procedures, Fennies values and creating an open and reflective environment. Pru works alongside learners, Nursery Managers and external partners to deliver an outstanding learning experience, helping our Apprentices develop their skills through innovative training.

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Onboarding Lead

Sarah has been working in the early years for over 10 years. She is a qualified primary school teacher and has a wealth of experience from her time working as a childminder, in nurseries and in schools. She is passionate about providing children with quality learning experiences through play and sharing her knowledge to support our teams in enhancing their practice as part of the Academy Team at Fennies. As a mum of 3, Sarah understands the vital role practitioners play in shaping children’s learning journeys. She is always looking to provide the very best nursery experience for the children and team members.


Ruth Mottram


Education Advisor

Ruth is passionate about child-led play and the learning benefits that comes with it, this can be seen within Ruth’s creative teaching processes in which she actively researches new ideas for. Ruth works alongside our nursery teams within each setting, role modeling activities and ensuring best practice. Ruth is passionate about incorporating the arts within her work and sparking children’s creative spirit. 

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Child Development Expert

Sam is a child psychologist and developmental neuroscientist who studies all aspects of early years behaviour. He studied at Oxford, London and Cambridge and now leads the BabyDevLab at the University of East London. Sam works alongside the Fennies education and marketing teams to provide insight and expand upon innovative child development research topics which feeds into many aspects of our offering including staff training, educational topics and content for our blog and social media platforms. Sam specialises in understanding how the latest research from developmental psychology and neuroscience can be translated into pioneering early years practice.

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Quality Development Manager

Jaimie joined Fennies in 2014 as a Room Leader and developed her knowledge and skills which saw her progress to a Nursery Manager role at Fennies Horley. This drive inspires our teams who she supports with their own career progression regularly. Working alongside our education team, Jaimie regularly draws upon her experience and uses a hands-on approach to create positive learning outcomes for all children at Fennies.   

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Quality Development Manager

Carly has a wealth of experience working within the early years for 20 years and is dedicated to delivering exceptionally high pedagogy to all the children she works with. Carly previously worked as a Nursery Manager and over the last 10 years has worked regionally supporting Nursery Managers and their teams to deliver outstanding practice through role modelling, coaching and team development. 



Quality Development Manager

Angela joined Fennies with 25 years of experience in early years education and training under her belt. Inspired by different methodologies and approaches Angela has implemented her knowledge working as a Manager and Operation Manager for a variety of childcare companies. Angela is a former Ofsted Inspector who has recently been active internationally by coaching and inspecting settings that follow the British Curriculum and the EYFS overseas. China is one of the countries which Angela has visited most frequently, where she enjoyed training a large audience of students, teachers, and business operators in the early years. Angela, who has a keen eye for details, works within the quality team to help Fennies maintain high standards.



Quality Development Manager

Kelly has worked in early years for twenty years, 13 of which being a Nursery Manager. Kelly is passionate about children’s real life experiences, and ensuring that these experiences are enriching and support each unique stage of development. Kelly is also a keen advocate for smooth transitions ensuring that children are ready for their next stage of learning. Kelly uses her knowledge and skills to deliver the best possible outcomes for children at Fennies.

Christina Leontiou


Spanish Specialist

Christina’s passion for early years sparked when she spent a year teaching in Madrid during her time at university. Incorporating her half Spanish and half Greek roots, Christina is passionate about inspiring the next generation to become excited about learning a new language, she achieves this by creating fun educational activities for the children at Fennies.  

Lisa Moret


French Specialist

Lisa previously worked as a primary school teacher in France and came to England to explore her passion of strengthen children’s communication skills through an additional language. As a mother of a bilingual child, Lisa implements a creative approach to her teaching methods by researching inventive new ways to enhance children’s learning experiences. Lisa is also qualified in Performing Arts and incorporates music and role play within activities! 



French Specialist

Myriam’s passion for teaching begun at the age of 18 while working in summer camps in France and as a Nanny in America and Australia. This grew as she achieved a Diploma in Early Years Education whilst working in bilingual childcare centres in Perth and Zurich. Myriam believes that learning a second language from an early age is beneficial and valuable to children in so many ways. 



Art Specialist

Rachel has always had a passion for art since studying it at GCSE, A-level and achieving a diploma in children’s illustration. Rachel wanted to inspire this creative flare in children and joined Fennies in 2018 as an apprentice, before becoming a qualified Room Leader. Now our Art Specialist, Rachel works alongside our education team to encourage children and staff with innovative ways to explore the realms of creative self-expression.



Regional SENCO

Paula joined our Educational Department as a Regional SENDCo and Inclusion Manager. With over 10 years of experience working in Early Years and over 5 years as SENDCo and is very passionate about advocating for families with SEN children. Paula now works alongside our education team to promote inclusion within our nurseries and offers support to all staff, especially those working with children with SEN and English as an additional language. 


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Marketing Manager

Before joining Fennies, Millie worked on marketing campaigns for educational companies and agencies, both in the UK and abroad. She has worked on a variety of projects including; Children in Need, Sky Academy and Into Film, and enjoys seeing children get the most out of learning. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge to the Fennies marketing team, and making sure our strong culture, values and ambitions are delivered to parents and the nursery world.  

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Rebecca has worked in education for over 7 years. She started her career in teaching, but 4 years ago, she made the switch to education publishing. Since then, she has created textbooks, STEM magazines, phonics storybooks and much more. She is passionate about education and supporting her Fennies team members with all things editorial.

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Graphic Designer

Alex has experience working on the agency side for Sony for the last 4 years and has gained a wealth of experience working on and creatively directing campaigns for globally renowned brands and products. Alex creates all aspects of print and digital design, working closely with the Marketing Team to develop the Fennies brand and ensuring that the core values are represented visually through all channels.

Olivia Jones


Senior Content & Marketing Executive

Olivia joined the marketing team as a Marketing Assistant and within 2 years has grown into a Senior Marketing & Content Executive. Utilising her degree in Fashion Journalism, she creates all content from blog posts to industry articles and managing our PR efforts. Olivia draws on her family’s passion of teaching and uses this to inspire parents to start conversations around their child’s mental and physical health. 

Niamh Mullan


Digital Marketing Executive

Niamh’s first role within digital marketing, she joined our team as a Junior and now has earned her tittle of Digital Marketing Executive. She has a degree in Management with Marketing and a Masters in Consumption, Culture and Marketing from Royal Holloway University. Niamh’s strategic and analytical approach lends itself to all things digital. From the creation of webpages, digital ads to monitoring measurable data and producing reports. 

Maisie Askew


Social Media Executive

Maisie has a level 4 qualification in Business and Marketing and is passionate about growing the Fennies social media channels through fun and inspiring educational content, helpful advice for parents and by shining a spotlight on our nursery practitioners.



Events & Marketing Executive

Jessica has 10 years of customer service experience with an exciting background working in wedding coordination in Surrey, events management in Australia as well as doing volunteer work Zimbabwe. This stemmed a love of working in events and meeting new people which is something Jess brings to all Fennies events, whether it’s for our parents or staff.

Amy Forbes


Events & Marketing Executive

Amy joined Fennies as our Customer lifecycle Executive with over 7 years of customer service experienceShe has a great understanding of our parents and how to nurture each stage of their journey with us. Amy has now moved across to the Marketing Team and now combines this knowledge with her natural creativity to bring to life wonderful parent events and workshops for our families.  


Danniella Beggins


Admissions Manager

Danniella has a level 3 qualification in childcare and has previously worked in nurseries around Stoneleigh. Danniella draws upon her experience as a practitioner to support parents with all their nursery queries from their very first enquiry until they join Fennies.

Paige Barnard


Admissions Executive

Paige has a wealth of experience spanning nine years within customer services which cover industries such as retail and security. She is the first point of contact for our parents and supports new parents through the admissions process ensuring they are happy and comfortable when starting at nursery.



Admissions Executive

Abigail is passionate about childcare and having previously worked as a Nursery Deputy Manager she has a wealth of knowledge about day-to-day nursery life and early years education. Abigail uses this experience to support parents with any specific questions they may have from their very first enquiry to their child’s first day at nursery.


Caroline Horsley


Head of Talent

Caroline’s passion is people, and she thrives on finding the very best talent for Fennies. Caroline brought 15 years of experience in recruitment to Fennies and carefully selects candidates to work with in our nurseries and head office, contributing to our successful working culture. Caroline enjoys watching our employees gain skills and grow their careers at Fennies. 

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Talent Lead

Maggie has a wealth of experience in recruitment and has previously worked for companies such as UGG. Maggie supports our candidates through the early stages of their Fennies journey, preparing them for the interview process and work trials. She also works closely with our Nursery Managers to find innovative ways to promote opportunities within each setting.



Talent Assistant

Caitlin has five years’ experience working as a qualified Early Years Educator, and now she brings this hands-on knowledge to support the recruitment team, sourcing dedicated talent to the business. Caitlin nurtures candidates through their interview process, supporting them with the very best information and advice. Caitlin is pleased to be able to utilise her passion of childcare to support people at the beginning of their Fennies careers.   

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Talent Executive

Shannon started her recruitment career after receiving a first-class honours degree in English Literature where she then went on to work for an IT company, searching for niche specialist roles within the technology sector. Previous to this, Shannon worked with young children as a nanny and is now able to combine these two interests within her role at Fennies. Shannon envisions the best possible experience for our candidates and ensures they have a smooth start to their career at Fennies by building great relationships and always going the extra mile for them.

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HR Manager

Chloe joins us after previously working as a one to one in a school and is excited to combine her passion for the early years and knowledge of HR. Chloe is currently building her knowledge by completing a CIPD Level 5 and is excited to support our staff through all things HR as the company expands. An open door policy means that Chloe is always around should any of our teams require any guidance.

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HR Assistant

Beth has over 8 years’ experience in HR and has a background working for Asda where she was involved in all areas including recruitment, onboarding and staff wellbeing where she gained a CIPD Level 3 in Human Resources. Following this Beth went on to work for Kensington & Chelsea Children’s services as a business support officer for the early years team. Beth works closely with our nursery teams and supports them by being their first point of contact for any queries, well-being or concerns as well as being involved in the wider HR processes.




Catering Manager

Dawid has been working in catering for 18 years. He has recently joined our Fennies team to share his great passion and knowledge about the world of catering. Dawid works alongside the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP) and our Nursery Chefs to create our menus, making sure that the children get the best quality meals to support their well-being and development. Dawid creates a supportive and collaborative environment where all our Chefs can work to the best possible standard, share ideas, and add their own creative flare to everything they do!




Bebe has worked for Fennies for 18 years, beginning as a Chef when we had just four nurseries. Now our Head Chef, Bebe works alongside Jeff to create delicious dishes for our children and Fennies Fresh, our meal servicewhich she prepares in our Epsom nursery kitchen every day 

David OReilly


Chef (Fennies Fresh)

Dave started his career over 10 years ago and after finishing culinary arts college, Dave began working in restaurants, hotels, and gastro bars. Originally from a family of Chefs, Dave’s first memories of cooking started at home, with a simple chicken Maryland and homemade croquette dish, the rest is history! Dave has brought this wealth of experience to help deliver the same quality to our parents through our Fennies Fresh dishes.  


Russell Pickford


Financial Controller

A qualified accountant with a BSc in Information Technology and Computing, Russell studied with the open university to further his career within finance. He gained in both practice and industry by working for leading brands such as Net-a-porter. Russell has doubled the financial team within the 3 years he has been with Fennies, developing the department as the business grows.

Terrie Steppel


Finance Manager

Terrie is one of Fennies Nurseries longest standing members, being part of our team for 15 years and having over 30 years accounts experience in sales, purchase and management of accounts. She has been advising our parents on funding payments and invoicing over the years, learning new technologies to make processes easier and keeping up to date with changing funding rules. 

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Accounts Administrator

Marta has over 10 years administrator experience and is currently expanding her knowledge by studying towards an AAT qualification. Marta assists parents across all our nurseries with their payments and funding queries.

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Accounts Assistant

Sam is AAT level 3 qualified and joined Fennies in March 2020 as an Accounts Assistant with 6 years of accounts experienceShe supports the finance team and is an Excel whizz!  

Grace Edwards


Accounts Assistant

Grace joined Fennies in 2015 as a Business Administrator and grew into the role of Accounts Assistant. She has a level 3 qualification in bookkeeping and although she had a passion for numbers, she’s always looking for more ways to further her knowledge and streamline processes. Grace also has a keen interest in technology and IT, and she is often our in-house IT support. 


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Facilities Manager

Kevin manages the facilities on behalf of our sister company, Origen Developments, so that Fennies can focus on being the leading Early Years provider. Kevin is a longstanding member of the Institute of Workplace Facilities Management and has broad experience of development, contract tendering and maintenance across large scale commercial and residential sites. Kevin works closely with Origen and Fennies maintaining the high standards of existing nurseries and all future developments.



Supply Coordinator

Mark is responsible for transporting a variety of goods and items to each of our settings and head office. He has been part of the Fennies teams since 2014 and has previously held managerial roles. Mark manages and organises Fennies stock levels and ensures safe and timely delivery is made on each trip.