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 Fenn

CEO

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.

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Kirstie Davis

COO

Kirstie joined Fennies in 2015 as part of the recruitment team. Fast forward to today, Kirstie is our COO and draws on her experience in HR and recruitment, recognising the importance of nurturing our teams and building Fennies company culture, she continuously supports our teams to deliver the highest standard of care and education.  

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Bradley Fenn

Head of Business Development

Bradley joined Fennies after completing his degree in Business and Economics at the University of Nottingham, during this time he studied in both the UK and China. Now our Head of Business Development for our sister company Origen, our in-house buildings team. Bradley works closely with our education teams to create Fennies’ visionary nursery environments and innovative workspaces for our staff and parents.

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Christina Grace

Head of Marketing & Sales

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.  

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Rageena Tahir

Head of Education

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.  

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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.

Education

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Jamie Atkins

Internal Early Years Trainer

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.  

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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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Lisa Moret

Linguistics Coach (French)

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! 

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Christina Leontiou

Linguistics Coach (Spanish)

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.  

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Anthony Harris

PE Coach

Anthony has worked in primary schools around South London for the past 5 years and was awarded the Active School Hero award for the borough of Croydon in 2020. Anthony’s goal is to inspire the next generation to be enthusiastic about their physical health and recognises that this begins within the early years. Anthony actively teaches children healthy habits that they will use throughout their whole lives and enjoys helping each individual child find a sport or activity that they enjoy.  

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Pru Barwood

Apprenticeship Academy
Development 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.

Marketing & Sales

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Ayse Abbott

Marketing Manager (on maternity leave)

Ayse joined the team as Marketing Manager in June 2018 and brings with her 10 years’ worth of marketing experience from industries such as Grocery, Retail and Travel. With transferable skills across the full marketing mix Ayse supports all areas of the business from a strategic and analytical stance. When not at work you will find Ayse exploring new places with her Miniature Dachshund and family.

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Olivia Jones

Senior Marketing & Content 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. 

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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. 

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Amy Forbes

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.  

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Daniella Beggins

Customer Lifecycle Executive

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.

HR & Recruitment

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Caroline Horsley

Head of Recruitment

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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Maggie Chierighini

Talent Specialist

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.

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Caron Streeter

HR Administrator

Throughout Caron’s 20 years working for Virgin Holidays, she undertook various roles such as Product & Contracting and Ecommerce, and discovered her real passion is people. This led to her to studying and completing her CIPD level 5 in Human Resources Management, Caron has jumped into her new role at Fennies and is growing and developing Fennies HR efforts.  

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Katie Conner

Talent Specialist

Katie joined the recruitment team and brought with her experience in both internal and agency recruitment in the care and membership sectors. Katie enjoys being a point of contact for all our employees and watching them progress from the very beginning of their career with Fennies.

Finance

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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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Elize Germishuizen

Payroll Manager

Moving from her home country of South Africa, Elize came to the UK in 2019, with an Honours Degree in Strategic Management focusing on Accounts and Payroll. Elize joined the Fennies team with over 20 years of experience within the finance industry, having worked with multiple international companies and traveling the world!  

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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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Sam Webb

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!  

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Marta Subczynska

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.

Facilities

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Jeff Laudan

Catering Manager

Jeff joined Fennies in 2017 and brought with him 22 years of experience in catering. Jeff is passionate about how children’s nutrition improves their overall well-being and works alongside the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP) and our Nursery Chefs to create our menus. Jeff enjoys travelling and spent six years in Asia, he was inspired by the traditional dishes there and this influence can be seen throughout our Fennies Fresh menus.  

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Bebe Laudan

Head Chef

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 

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Mark Savage

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.