LAIRA GREEN TRUST – TRUSTEES 2022
CLAIRE KILPATRICK- CHAIR
I have been a trustee since January 2019. I have an Early Years background in which I have over 15 years experience working in various settings. I am a post 16 teacher and teach Early Years from level 1 – 4 .
I am very passionate about providing the best care and education for your children. I understand the challenges that practitioners face on a day to day basis to enable children to learn effectively.
DANUTA GRIFFITHS – PARENT TRUSTEE
I was invited to apply and subsequently joined the board of trustees in October 2018. As a married mother of three daughters, I feel I am well placed to understand the everyday challenges faced by parents and can offer a balanced view of what a Pre-school setting should provide.
I am excited to be a parent representative on the board and I promise to clearly communicate the needs and wishes of parents and work tirelessly to improve the opportunities available to all of our children.
My youngest daughter currently attends Greenshoots and therefore I have a keen interest and commitment to ensure the safety, success and prosperity of our pre-school now and into the future.
SELINA WELLS – SECRETARY
I have worked in education for over 20 years, teaching all ages from reception, through to secondary, further education and even adults. My areas of specialism are Music, English and Wellbeing. I now focus on International Education and run multinational projects with schools around the South West as well as tutoring part time with Discovery College. I became a trustee in March 2022 as I felt it was important to give something back to the community. I chose Greenshoots because of its caring ethos for children and the environment.
MARIA ROCH – TRUSTEE
I have worked in Early years education for over 20 years, teaching ages from 2 -4 years. My area of specialism is Special Educational Needs. I have worked with many different conditions over the years and gradually built my knowledge of Makaton. I have an understanding and empathy for those with Special guardianship (also known as Kinship Care) having my niece live with me for the last 9 years. Currently I have taken time from work to care for the ever-growing special needs concerns of my niece.
The setting I worked at was charity based and I understand the importance of a trustee run setting. I become a trustee in March 2022 as I felt it was important to give some of my experience back to a setting like Greenshoots as they show an understanding for each individual child and the staff have built a caring environment.
MAZ EDWARDS – TRUSTEE
I have been involved on the periphery of Greenshoots since before it opened, as an occasional volunteer, and this year have been encouraged to take a more formal role with the Trust.
I firmly believe that Greenshoots is a positive and supportive environment to all its children, and their families, and hope that by becoming a Trustee I can help to develop this further. I have extensive experience in managing Community and Charity projects , and in directly supporting disadvantaged families and individuals.