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 -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 committeeTreasurer – 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.
Stephen Wallace – is a parent at Little Stars. His little girl has attended from the age of 2 and will be leaving us to go to school in July 2019.
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.