Company History

COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRES (Growing Places) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, company registered by guarantee, and is also registered as a charity.   The company was founded on 26 January 2001 and registered as a charity on 7 June 2001.  Company details and accounts information is submitted on an annual basis to both Companies House (registration number 4148695) and the Charities Commission (registration number 1086957).

Who is who

The governing body of COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRES (Growing Places) comprises of the CEO and the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees meets a full board twice a year and 8 times a year in delegated subcommittees. The Board are responsible for the strategic direction of the company/charity.

A scheme of delegation is in place such that day-to-day responsibility for the provision of services rests with the Chief Executive, the Company Leadership team and Leadership teams in settings.

Alongside the Chief Executive, the Trustees (Directors) have overall responsibility for the governance of COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRES (Growing Places), ensuring that the company/charity has appropriate control systems (financial and otherwise) in place, and that these are reviewed and/updated as is appropriate.

The Chief Executive and Trustee responsibilities include:

  • ensuring that there is a clear structure for governing the organisation, including defining the role of any focus groups or sub-committees;
  • giving strategic direction, determining and safeguarding the mission and vision of the company/charity;
  • acting prudently to protect the assets and property of the company/charity;
  • acting as a responsible employer;
  • ensuring proper records are maintained and financial information, used within the charity or for publication, is reliable;
  • ensuring that the company/charity complies with its own governing document, relevant laws/regulations and the requirements placed upon it by its funders and/or other bodies
  • reviewing the risks to which COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRES (Growing Places), is subject, taking action to mitigate these risks and to ensure sound risk management

Pen-Portraits: CEO and Board of Trustees

Jackie Warren - CEO

Matt Goodwin – CHAIR

After graduating from university with a degree in Biology, I initially went into a private sector role within the IT services industry. I then took up a management role within Royal Mail, to begin a longstanding commitment to working in the public sector. This has seen me take up a series of postings in operational & executive management, planning, projects and performance, in settings as diverse as the NHS, Local Government, Fire and Rescue, and a non-departmental governmental body (a Quango to you and me…).  I am a manager by profession, and have achieved Chartered Manager status, as well as being a fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

I joined the board of trustees for Community Childcare Centres, not long after my daughter started attending Morelands, and have very much enjoyed learning about how this excellent organisation delivers its vital services, and using my experience in the management & governance sphere to help out where I can.

Outside of work, pastimes include learning to cook, reading, travel, bad golf, and, very importantly, practising to be a good dad!

Sue Cleaveley

I retired 4 years ago from my role of Senior HR Business Partner at Wyeth Laboratories based in Havant (now Pfizer) after 42 years of service.  I joined Wyeth straight from school and after an initial 9 year period in a Secretarial role In the Engineering Department, I transferred to the HR department where I commenced my HR studies.

My role involved all aspects of HR including strategic management, restructuring, redundancies, recruitment, disciplinary and grievances and mediation etc.

I am a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, I also hold a British Psychological Society qualification and a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

My interest in becoming a Trustee for Community Childcare Centres is the involvement I have had with Morelands School and Nursery since Matt Goodwin’s daughter Isabel started there some 5 years ago.  I have attended sports days, nativity plays, nursery graduation and have had the privilege of being a nominated person to collect Isabel when needed.  These opportunities have given me a good insight into the professional and caring structure of this organisation. I feel my HR background and experience in a very broad HR generalist role would be of benefit to the organisation.

Outside of work, past times include, photography, cooking, travel, motorhome trips.

Simon Tout

I originally trained to be an electrician qualifying in 1988 and having attended college I got the bug for education that passed me by at school.  This enthusiasm led me to enrol on a general access course, in 1991, run by Portsmouth University.  Having a successful year I proceeded straight on with a Degree in Engineering, Design & Materials, graduating with a Beng 1st Class honours in 1996.  After graduating I took the decision to get a job in finance and in particular Tax. Why Tax? As one of life’s certainties I felt it was a good career choice and marginally more fun than being an undertaker! Having completed my professional training with KMPG, to become a Chartered Tax Adviser, in 2000 I got a Job with Shell.  Whilst working for Shell their policy of job rotation has seen me in numerous roles from UK Group Tax Planner to Senior Internal auditor, based in Port Harcourt Nigeria.  My current role is UK Senior Corporate Tax Adviser.

I have an interest in becoming a trustee as I would like to obtain a different perspective to running a business.  I relish the opportunity to work in an environment which is unlike that which I am used to and feel a great amount of energy towards developing my competence in this space.  Furthermore I am motivated by the feeling of wanting to do something for the community.  My daughter attends Growing Places Havant Academy, I found the environment there had an authenticity that “had me at hello” and as I have got to know other members of staff I can see this open, honest and friendly attitude is endemic across the organisation.  I find this attitude infectious and it gives me a powerful sense of wanting to belong.

Outside of work I have been a competitive cyclist racing for various trade teams across the South Coast, and it is through bike racing that I met my wife Rachel who was also a competitive cyclist.  Since the arrival of our daughter, Martha, I have taken on a more relaxing and inclusive hobby of keeping Marine Tropical fish.

Emma Jervis

I was a founding member of Growing Places, and up until summer 2016, I have worked alongside the Senior Management Team and Nursery Practitioners to help support settings.  I started with the Growing Places as a student, undertaking my training with the company, and have since built over 20 years’ experience as a nursery practitioner and as senior lead, supporting teams with good childcare practice.

I successfully run my own child-minding business, and as such, I am in contact with local other childcare services and schools.

I have two young girls who have been part of Growing Places nursery and Out-of-School provision over many years.

I am keen to join the Board to support both the CARE & EDUCATION subcommittee and the HR subcommittee.

Michael Fountain

I was invited to join the trustees because my two children have attended Havant Academy. The youngest still does and the oldest uses the holiday club(s).  I have always been very impressed by just how grubby the children were after their days with Growing Places – a sign they always had a proper day of good ‘clean’ fun with real toys, home cooked food and adventure!  I hope my background in architecture, planning, design and practical property experience can play a part in maintaining and developing the Growing Places experience whilst expanding my own knowledge of other areas of business.

I graduated in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design & Technology from Cardiff Metropolitan University and in 2014 obtained professional accreditation as a Chartered Architectural Technologist with CIAT.

My role in Savills is mainly with private, institutional and charitable clients nearly always in rural and historic settings.  Projects vary in size and complexity from the renovation of a country house / cottage, to farm building conversions, to complete new build projects and everyday maintenance programmes and reactive repairs.

Outside work, I like rugby, gardening, military history and camping with the family

Tom Fountain

I started out as a self-employed industrial roofer before moving into a structural steel and architectural metal fabrication for several years. Now I work for a major construction tool supplier as an account manager and business developer.

Since my son joined Mill Hill I have enjoyed the wonderful sense of community and care that is an integral part the Growing Places ethos, he loves all the staff here and is always getting involved in a wide range of activities that engage and help him grow.

This is part of the reason I wanted to join the board of trustees so I can become more directly involved and help nurture the already fantastic work that is being done across the whole Growing Places family.

Lucy Rolfe

Pen Portrait

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse after leaving school but left the profession when we had our two girls.  I decided to study for my degree with the Open University so that I could start a new career in education.  Once finished, I trained as a Teaching Assistant and then a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  I work in an Infant school where my role is varied, working with SEND children as well as teaching small groups and whole classes.  I am also a qualified Forest School Leader and run the Forest School on the school site, which I love and am very passionate about!

Both of my daughters attended Growing Places at Mill Hill and absolutely loved their time at the nursery.  They are both at senior school now but still remember the staff and fun times that they enjoyed.  I joined the board of trustees because I wanted to become involved and be able to support such an amazing company.  It is very interesting learning about how the company works, particularly the management and HR side.  I am especially interested in supporting the outdoor provision as getting children outdoors and being physical whilst engaging with the natural world is something that I believe should be available to all children.

My hobbies are swimming, bush craft and learning Spanish.