Meet the Trustees

The Clifton-upon-Teme Nursery is a Trustee-led organisation. The role of a Trustee is to provide strategic leadership and support to the management team.

Sue Softly – CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Sue has worked in a variety of roles within Health Visiting and Children’s Services over the past 30 years, both in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, including leadership management and teaching within the NHS. She currently works part-time as a Manager within Children’s Services in Wye Valley NHS. In a previous life, she was a Health Visitor for rural areas that included Clifton-upon-Teme and understands the aspirations and challenges of a rural nursery and the people it serves. Sue was born in Stanford Bridge, moved away to train as a nurse, returning to marry and bring up two girls within the valley. Her hobbies include walking and browsing antique and junk shops!

Valerie Pardy
Val Pardy joins with 30 years experience of being a teacher in Bristol, North Shropshire and Devon. For 15 of those years Val specialised in working alongside children with special educational needs in mainstream schools. Val then re-trained in 2000 as an educational psychologist and worked for Worcestershire Children’s Services until March 2014. Val is a grandmother of 7 children and in her free-time is a bell ringer, hill walker and enjoys various crafts.

Serena Spring
Serena lives locally and both her boys attended the nursery over a period of 5 years. Serena is passionate about the nursery and the invaluable place it holds in the community. She works part-time for a marketing consultancy and uses this experience to help us raise our profile, this includes fundraising events and making much needed funding applications.

Natalie Canning
Natalie lives locally and is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood at The Open University. Her background is in playwork and social work, supporting children to explore personal, social and emotional development through play. Her main research is centred on young children’s play, especially how children are empowered in play. She has published within the field of professional development in early childhood, children’s play, empowerment and creative spaces. She has taught across a variety of early childhood programmes and has edited several books on Early Childhood practice including Young Children’s Play and Creativity: Multiple Voices (2017), Implementing Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years (2012), Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage (2011) and Reflective Practice in the Early Years (2010).

The Trustees are always keen to hear from people who would like to get involved so please contact us on trustees@cliftoneyc.co.uk