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Trustees

Little Stars Early Years is overseen by our Board of Trustees. They are responsible for the charity and ensuring it meets its aims and objectives. Our Board is made up of  several professionals from a wide range of areas. They each bring their own unique expertise to the Board offering their knowledge and guidance to best help the charity and our families. The Board comprises of:

Chair of Trustees – Miss Emma Moody – Head of Charity Law, Bond Dickenson Solicitors, Newcastle. Emma has significant experience working with a range of charities of all sizes and backgrounds. Emma completed our application process to the Charity Commission and takes the lead on advising on all aspects of the charity including Charity Law. She offers a wealth of knowledge and experience on operating charities and applying for grants.

Treasurer – Mrs. Julie Relf – Director, Applause Accountancy, County Durham. Julie acts as our treasurer reviewing our accounts on a monthly basis and undertaking payroll for staff. She advises on all financial issues. She has experience sitting on a charities boards of trustees and has 2 young children of her own.

Chief Executive – Mrs. Kate Luther – Also acts as manager of the setting and nominated person for OFSTED registration. Initially the owner of the setting Kate is a qualified and experienced early years teacher. She was in charge of the setting from the beginning including during the last inspection.  She also has experience of working in the Sedgefield Borough Councils Regeneration Section overseeing regeneration budgets and working in other childcare charities.

Trustee – Mrs. Laura McMain – Senior Procurement Officer, Northumbrian Water, Durham. Laura is able to provide links to providers of services such as printing and uniforms. She sits on the trustees using her ‘Just an hour’ time as part of the companies commitment to community work. She is also able to access various funding and support services for the charity. She too sits on other committees including funding boards. She has significant knowledge and experiences to bring to the committee.

Trustee – Janet Jackson – Children’s Centre Lead, Durham County Council. Janet works in the Children’s Centre overseeing the activities and roles of the centre and its services. She liaises regularly with Kate regarding the pre school, the creches we provide and general day to day activities. Janet provides an excellent insight into activities going on around the county, best practice in other providers and is an invaluable support to the setting.

Business Consultant – Mrs Gayle Cosker – Consultant Price Waterhouse Cooper. Gayle was invited to provide some business support to the charity and is responsible for managing our business plan. She reviews the charities practice from a business point of view reviewing progress against our targets and helps to develop plans for the future.  This particularly supports us in grant applications. She does this free of charge.