Kelly Hill has worked in the early years sector since leaving school. Starting as a Nursery Nurse, Kelly worked her way up to nursery manager, trainer and assessor and through to operations director before setting up and running Early Years Leadership CIC.
Degree qualified in both Early Years and Business & HR, Kelly has a wealth of knowledge to share with the sector. Kelly is passionate about leadership across the early years and strives to develop leaders to be the best they can be. As Founder and CEO of Early Years Leadership, Kelly hopes to support as many leaders and aspiring leaders to have a voice, share common experiences and come together to drive the sector forward. Kelly also owns her own early years setting, which keeps her knowledge and experience current.
Ambassador for Paint Pots Nurseries
Paint Pots Nurseries
David Wright is the former owner, now ambassador for Paint Pots Nurseries. He is the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Nursery World in recognition of his wide-ranging activities across the early childhood education (ECE) sector globally. David is the national representative for the World Forum on ECE and chair of its Men in ECE working group. He is an author, presenter, trainer, broadcaster, commentator and advisor on early years. He is involved in several charities supporting children across the world.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
University of Wolverhampton
Adam is a dual heritage academic (Scouse and Nigerian) practitioner with over 20 years experience of working in education. A relative rarity as a male EYFS practitioner, Adam’s initial career was based in the preschool room of a local private nursery before moving into school where he became a deputy headteacher.
In collaboration with his wife, Adam ventured into preschool ownership before making the decision to further his career by joining the School of Education at LJMU in January 2020 leading the Early Years Post Graduate Programme.
September 2022 saw a fresh new challenge joining the University of Wolverhampton as Director of Diversity & Inclusion in Professional Practice in the Faculty of Education, Health & Well-being. Adam has developed a new D.I.I.verse Hub, providing research-informed consultancy throughout the country. His mantra is ‘do disrupt, challenge the status quo or become it.’