NDNA Announces Two New National Trustees

NDNA has announced the appointment of Susan Hill as Trustee for NDNA Scotland and Nikola Masters as Trustee for NDNA Cymru.

Susan Hill NDNA Scotland

Susan was previously on the Board of Directors of the Scottish Independent Nursery Association until it merged with NDNA in 2005.  Since then, she has been actively involved as an NDNA Network Chair, playing a vital role in being a voice for and bringing together the early years community at a local and national level.

Nikola has acted in the role of NDNA Southeast Wales Network Chair for many years and has a good understanding of the early years sector at both a local and national level.  She is an advocate for Pontypool and currently represents as Chair for Friends of Pontypool Town, a group aimed at regeneration and incubation of small local businesses.

Both appointments were approved at the NDNA November Board meeting with immediate effect. Susan takes over from long standing NDNA Trustee Ann McEwan, Director of ABC Learning Ltd who has worked tirelessly in the early years sector for over 30 years.  Nikola takes over from long standing NDNA member Tina Jones MBE who has been actively involved with NDNA as a Trustee for Wales for over 20 years.

Nikola Masters NDNA Cymru

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) said:

“We’re delighted to announce the appointments of Nikola Masters as our Trustee for Wales and Susan Hill as our Trustee for Scotland. Both Susan and Nikola have exceptional business leadership experience in the early years sector and have a real understanding of the pressure and challenges our members are facing now.

“As longstanding NDNA Network Chairs and Policy Board members, Susan and Nikola have shown their ongoing commitment to supporting NDNA Scotland and NDNA Cymru, and our members, making them ideal candidates to join our Board. 

“Susan takes over from Ann McEwan who has provided excellent direction to NDNA Scotland over the years, and we are all incredibly grateful to her for her commitment and dedication to the needs of our members. 

“Nikola will replace Tina Jones MBE who we are hugely grateful to for the dedication and commitment she has given to NDNA and its members in Wales.  Tina has shared her expertise and provided excellent direction to NDNA over the years, and we wish her all the best for the future. 

“I am looking forward to working with Nikola and Susan along with the rest of the Board to make sure that we continue to be the voice of the sector and give our members the support they need.”

Responding to the appointment, Nikola Masters, owner of Osbourne Lodge Nursery in Pontypool, Torfaen said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Trustee for Wales by the NDNA Board of Directors. 

“Playing a vital role in being a voice for and bringing together the early years community at a regional and national level is a huge privilege. 

Supporting the early years sector is the priority and I am committed to working with NDNA to achieve this.  I firmly believe that together we are a stronger voice within the childcare sector, and I look forward to embracing this role and the responsibility it brings.”

Susan Hill, owner of Wellside Kindergarten in Falkirk said:

“It’s a huge privilege to be recruited into the role of Trustee for Scotland and I am delighted that the NDNA Board of Directors have approved my appointment.

“Coming from within the sector I am fully aware of the challenges that it is facing, and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to this role.

“I have a passionate commitment to NDNA, and I am proud to be part of an organisation that has a strong agenda for supporting its members and for developing a policy for early education and care that works for everyone.”

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