ECP are made up of a team of highly skilled and experienced people.

Our Trustees

Sal Thirlway- Sal has served as a Trustee since 2018 and is the Chair of the Trustee Board. He has over 20 years experience working in local government Children’s Services, and has held Head of Service and Assistant Director roles in a number of authorities.  Sal’s experience is in securing improvement and developing early intervention and prevention approaches.  Sal has experience of the voluntary sector through his role with Barnardo’s and is now the Director of his own management consultancy.

Bob Thompson – Bob was previously Head of Early Years for Bedfordshire County Council, a primary school adviser, inspector and headteacher. Bob has a keen interest in supporting young children and their parents. He is actively involved as a trustee of one other charity, local to Bedford. He also has a long-term commitment as a volunteer to athletics at a local level.

Deborah James – Deborah represents the Peter Pan Training Partnership on the ECP board of trustees. The Peter Pan Training Partnership is one of the organisations that make up ECP. Deborah is a National Leader in Education and is currently Headteacher of Crosshall Infant School Academy Trust in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. She has been a Headteacher since 1995.

Eve Burt – Eve spent 35 years working in Parliamentary Politics and administration and is currently Director of a Staff Management and HR at a company working with politicians.  Eve has been volunteering since the age of 16; 24 years as a leader with GirlGuidingUK and now as an Ambassador, school governor, youth clubs locally, home visiting volunteer with HomeStart Bedford, and currently chair of FACES Bedford. Also, a national and international volunteer trainer with organisations equipping women for public life and politics.

Our Leadership Team

Serreta Pritchard is our Director of Family Support who develops, leads and oversees the functions of ECP in collaboration with all partners. Serreta has many years of experience in leading the delivery of private, public and charity sector contracts and services.

Linzi Schier is the Head of Family Services and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership aspects of One YMCA/ECP’s commissioned contracts and delivery for Family Support Services and Children’s Centres, ensuring that services meet specified national and local requirements and any relevant government agenda and frameworks.  Linzi has almost 30 years’ experience of working within services that provide support for children and families.

Wendie Lovatt is our volunteering programme lead enabling our local community to become more involved in their local Children’s Centre.  Wendie has many years of experience in recruiting, training, inducting and supporting local volunteers and is well regarded locally for the outstanding service FACES provides.

Julie Smith is our early years education and school/setting liaison lead. Julie is the Executive Head Teacher of Bedford Nursery Schools Federation and a Specialist Leader of Education.  Julie will play a crucial part in ensuring early years practice and education is of high quality, leading to positive outcomes in children’s learning, development and readiness for school across Bedford Borough.

Our Children’s Centre Team

Helen Letting is our Children’s Centre manager and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Children’s Centre services and delivery teams at our Centres. Helen is a highly experienced leader of Children’s Centres, having worked in Bedford for a number of years.

Katy Sexton is our Universal Services Lead whose primary focus is to support our Children’s Centre Managers and delivery teams.  Katy ensures our work with parents, carers, families and children reflect ECP’s vision for the Children’s Centres and support the engagement of parents in the development and learning of their children.

Genna Smith is the Family Support Lead who manages the family support team to deliver quality one-to-one and group support within Bedford reflecting our core ECP vision. Genna works closely with Helen to ensure our work meets the need of service users and to develop key partnerships with various agencies in order to do so.

Martina Lynch is the Senior Family Support Worker, supporting Genna in the delivery of family support services. Martina is our Domestic Abuse lead and has worked for the Children’s Centres for a number of years.

Family Support Practitioners work with families on a one to one and group basis.  They provide help and support to parents and carers who need a bit of extra help when it comes to parenting and raising Children under five years of age.

Children’s Centre Practitioners will be the most familiar faces to families accessing our services.  They deliver all the day to day activities you see in the timetable and are highly skilled Early Years Practitioners.

The Data and Monitoring Officer is our information lead who works closely with the Borough monitoring our contract obligations.

Our Administrators play a crucial role in the day to day running of our Children’s Centres.  They are a friendly face when families arrive at the centre and support the rest of the team with managing bookings for activities.

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