Who We Are
Co-Founder – Lead (Volunteer)
Ruth is Sales, Commercial and General Management professional with extensive experience of managing large groups of people and structuring management teams with in B2B and B2B2C.
Ruth has spent over 20 years in senior roles within the Travel Industry working across tour operations and retail within Corporate, Private Equity, and SME businesses. Like many people she has recently taken a break from her old job and has decided to use her newfound time to launch and manage Childcare Connect.
Ruth has two children of her own and fully understands the difficulty of finding suitable childcare for when she either has to travel to her work office or ring fence time at home for important phone or video calls, therefore fully understand the needs and requirements for connecting local communities together to get the right childcare and tuition.
Co-Founder – Finance (Volunteer)
Jane, a mum of two beautiful children. is an enthusiastic, self-motivated and resourceful CIMA professional with over 20 years' post qualified experience. An excellent communicator with the ability to build strong relationships both within and outside of a finance department as well as effectively communicating financial information to non-finance colleagues.
Jane has had a vast amount of experience working in senior leadership positions across several companies from a Head of Finance within MYTravel Plc to recently a Head of Operational Finance within the Bruntwood Group Ltd
After 8 years, Jane recently retired, due to leaving Bruntwood, as the finance trustee of 'The Bruntwood Charity', Charity no. 1135777. Where she played a vital part ensuring the charity's strategy supported the lives of the people in the communities where Bruntwood operates. Additional to this, during her 9 years employment at Bruntwood, Jane provided financial support to the Oglesby Charitable Trust.
Jane is a genuine people developer possessing strong financial control with the ability to constantly challenge and improve processes and systems with a passion for delivering strategy within a business.
This ideally qualifies Jane to take up the role as Finance Director for Childcare Connect where she can utilise her skills to manage the implementation of strong controls and processes across the business.
Co-Founder – Technical (Volunteer)
Mike is an experienced I.T Leader with a vast amount of experience developing and leading large cross functional teams to deliver complex business solutions through the use of technology from both a software solutions and infrastructure perspective.
Mike has spent over 25 years across multiple business sectors from BP and Castrol in the Petro Chemical sector, LG and Philips in Consumer electronics, Sabre holdings in Travel as well as many multiple global manufacturers in the SME arena. Both public and private healthcare sectors have also provided Mike with a background on how technology can positively impact people and their lives and make a difference.
Mike has a ‘Digital First’ approach and believes technology can really be a differentiator in this sector and be used to provide our ‘Key Workers’ with a platform to take away the worry of childcare and assisted education.
Co-Founder – Chair (Volunteer)
Steve has the unusual distinction of having extensive experience within both the corporate and entrepreneurial environments.
Steve is now “Semi-Retired”, fulfilling consultancy and Non Executive director roles, across a range of travel and non-travel brands, including his role as Chairman of Teletext Holidays.
Steve also continues hold shareholdings and play an active entrepreneurial role in business he has helped found. He recently sold his largest business Holiday Taxis for £60m and continues to invest in a portfolio of business such as Rock Insurance, Rebound Consulting and Canny Finance Ltd.
Steve has built his present entrepreneurial business activities by pulling on 15 years of experience leading traditional package tour operators. Steve’s corporate career involved high profile directorships in some of the UK’s largest tour operating groups spanning financial controller of International Leisure Group to Deputy Chief Operating Officer of MYTravel Plc.
A belief in moving fast and building management teams, ideally qualifies Steve to Chair Childcare Connect and help recruit/structure its management team.