The Tops Team

Each Tops Day Nursery prides itself in offering a happy, stimulating and secure environment for your children. With trained and qualified practitioners passionate about nurturing all children in their care, each nursery is fully supported to ensure quality is maintained at all times.

Our nurseries are supported by our brilliant Head Office & Operations team! Find out more about the team below…

The Directors

Cheryl Hadland

Managing Director

Cheryl Hadland founded Tops Day Nurseries in 1990 when she was 30 years old and a mother of 2 small boys. She had been a volunteer committee member and pre-school assistant in a playgroup with her 3 year old, whilst attending a pre-school leaders course. Cheryl decided that opening a day nursery that was open all day rather than just mornings was needed in the area, so she reduced her workload at her scuba dive centre and opened the first Tops Day Nursery, Tops Parkstone in Herbert Ave, Poole.

Cheryl completed a 2 year course with the PPA (now called the Pre School Learning Alliance), a Montessori correspondence course, and then the NVQ3 in Early Years Care & Education. Over the following 10 years she completed her Certificate of Education, Degree, and Masters Degree in Education at Southampton University.

Read more about Cheryl Hadland

Amy Alderson

Director of Audit & Training

Maria Thomas-Luker

Director of Central and Customer Service

Kelly Medley

Director of Audit and Training

Andrew Dearsley

Finance Director

Micah Faure

Legal Director

Charlotte Percival

HR Director

Harriet Pacey

Sales & Marketing Director

Diane Wycherley

Director of Early Years Quality

Jo Penn

Director of Facilities

Sam King

Operations Director

The Tops Day Nurseries Quality Team

Diane Wycherley

Director of Early Years Quality

Vicki Sedgwick

Regional Manager

Katarzyna Stunt

Regional Manager

Jessica Beach

Regional Manager

Amanda Vardy

Regional Manager

The Central and Customer Service Team

Maria Thomas-Luker

Director of Central and Customer Service

I joined Tops Day Nurseries as a Nursery Assistant back in 1990 so its fantastic seeing the company celebrate 30 years.

I have so many memories of my time here, and being part of the design team for our 18th birthday re-brand is one of my biggest achievements; it was such an honour to be asked and the whole day and re-launch was very emotional, I was so proud to work for Tops. I came into work on the morning to find birthday cards through the door from neighbours, and to see our new logo swinging on the sign outside made me cry, I thought I’d burst with pride.

Since joining the company I have achieved my Levels 2, 3 and 4 in Childcare and my Level 7 in Management and Leadership. I really enjoy working for Tops as I love being part of such a fantastic team. We all have such amazing strengths as individuals but together as a team we achieve so much and I’m always so proud to say I’ve worked for Cheryl for 32 years. It’s like being part of a very special family.

Ty Starks

Office Manager

Jenny Brown


Charli Henley-Carter

Central and Customer Services Manager

Gabi Da Silva

Customer Service Apprentice

The HR Team

Charlotte Percival

HR Director - CIPD L7 in HRM

Charlotte is responsible for the developing and implementing HR initiatives in line with organisational objectives, leading the organisation’s HR department in regard to recruitment, on boarding, employment compliance, inductions, job descriptions, performance, benefit and reward, appraisals, employment law, company culture, colleague communication, engagement/relations/feedback, project and change management, TUPE, HR policies and procedures and department IT infrastructure. Liaising directly with the board and senior management team and is accountable for the performance of the HR function as well as providing strategic counsel on all colleague matters, Implements the HR Strategic planning whilst ensuring HR function adds value, delivers, and aligns to the needs of the business. Translating key data into an effective and commercially focus way, to the Board and Operational Team, to then work with senior management to challenge, influence and implement actionable initiatives.

Zoe Short

Compliance Manager – CIPD L5 MHFA, LGTBQ+ HR representative

Yusuf Akani

Recruitment Team Leader

Sucheta Deshpande

HR Advisor - CIPD L7

Sarah Shackle

Recruitment Coordinator

Jake Harvey

Recruitment Assistant

Nelisiwe Molefe

Apprenticeship Recruitment

Abbie Armes

Recruitment Assistant

Bryony Aldworth

HR Administrator

Rob Morgan

HR Administrator

Kat Nurse

HR Administrator

Nina Collings

HR Auditor

The Sales and Marketing Team

Harriet Pacey

Sales & Marketing Director

I joined Hadland Care Group as Business Development Manager in 2017. I hold a Masters in Early Years Education and have Early Years Teacher Status. Prior to joining Hadland Care Group, I had worked in various roles in the Early Year sector, including owning/managing a nursery and being a management consultant for a number of other settings.

My first degree is in Business Studies; how businesses work have always interested me greatly and I think it’s really important that those involved in the Early Years sector have a good understanding of the business model it’s built on and what’s required to keep it sustainable.

Zoe Roberts

Marketing Manager

Ellen Wentworth

Tops Marketing Coordinator

Paula Dominguez

Aspire Marketing Coordinator

Lauren Ballard

Marketing Assistant

Anastasia Brown

Marketing Assistant

Jen Cox

Parent Liaison Administrator

Dawn Hall

Parent Liaison Administrator

Lisa Roper

Parent Liaison Manager

Mia Khoaele

Parent Liaison Administrator

The Accounts Team

Andrew Dearsley

Finance Director

Lana Kazlauska

Financial Controller

Michelle Goodall

Accounts Manager

Iwona Sitarz

Finance Analyst

Lina Stoke

Management Accountant

Yanis Kazlausks

Payroll Manager

Matt Diffey

Accounts Assistant

Legal team

Micah Faure

Legal Director

I started at Hadland Care Group as a General Office Assistant, whilst studying at university. After I finished my 2nd Degree in 2012 in Law, I came to Head Office to work as Employment Law Advisor within the HR Team. I then went to Cape Town that year to complete my 3rd Degree in Employment Law at University of Cape Town.

During this time, I completed an internship for Price Waterhouse Coopers where I learnt a valuable motto from my supervisor, which was “Always volunteer to do stuff you don’t know, test if you can learn it and if you can do it, people will trust you more”. This is why when I initially started working at Head Office, I volunteered to support HR, Administration, Finance and Property. I was then quickly promoted to Legal Advisor.

I have also volunteered with the Free Rep Unit doing Social Security and Employment Law Cases. Due to my good working relationship, and the years of trusted advice I offered her, Cheryl offered me the position of Legal Director in 2017.

Shirley Clough

Legal Executive

Hope Mutize


Admin Hub

Sandy Kemish

Administration Team Manager

Jade Missing

Senior Area Administrator for Portsmouth

Courtney Millar

Area Administrator for Hampshire

Sandy Kemish

Area Administrator for Plymouth

Chloe Worth

Area Administrator for Somerset

Cheryl Rayner

Area Administrator for Dorset

Katharine Marsland

Area Administrator for BCP

Terri Smithers

Area Administrator for BCP

Early Years Audit and Training

Amy Alderson

Director of Early Years Audit and Training

Emma Dean

Audit and compliance Manager

Drew Radford

Training Manager

Hayley Fisher

Training Co-ordinator

Hayley Duke

Training Administrator

Liz Barker

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