The Tops and Aspire Team

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

The Tops Day Nurseries Quality Team

Diane Wycherley

Director of Early Years Quality

Paula Garrett

Early Years Quality Manager

Vicki Sedgwick

Early Years Quality Manager

Chanelle Cochrane

Early Years Quality 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 29 years. It’s like being part of a very special family.

Hannah Fugatt

Senior Administrator

Ty Starks

Office Manager

Jenny Brown


The HR Team

Charlotte Percival

HR Director

I joined Tops Day Nurseries, Parkstone in 1996 after completing my NNEB at college as a Nursery Assistant. I was quickly promoted to Room Manager and then Assistant Deputy Manager.
During this time, I gained my NVQ 3, as well as my Assessors Award. In 2000, I was promoted to Nursery Manager at Tops Bournemouth. After maternity leave, I joined the head office team as Internal Operations Manager, heading up the personnel team, and internal policies and processes as the company started to grow. In 2008, after returning from maternity leave for the 2nd time, I was offered the HR Director position within Hadland Care Group and joined the board of directors.

I am now responsible for managing and overseeing the HR team, and have achieved CIPD HRM L7.

Zoe Short

Training Co-ordinator

Sarah Harley

HR Manager

Olivia Taylor

HR Advisor

Yusuf Akani

Recruitment Coordinator

Sucheta Deshpande (Mat leave)

HR Administrator

Sarah Shackle

Recruitment Coordinator

Carly Head

Agency Coordinator (MAT leave)

Haley Duke

Training Coordinator

Rob Morgan

Apprenticeship Coordinator

Jasmine Watson

HR Administrator

Laura Kimber

HR Administrator

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

Catherine Watts

Parent Liaison Team Leader

Letitcia Barron

Parent Liasion Administrator

Katherine Nurse

Parent Liaison Administrator

Katie Thomas

Marketing Assistant

Ellen Wentworth

Marketing Assistant

The Accounts Team

Andrew Dearsley

Finance Director

Lana Kazlauska

Financial Controller

Michelle Goodall

Accounts Manager

Adeleine Dougan-Bradford

Finance Analyst

Iwona Sitarz

Accounts Assistant

Kathleen Clements

Finance Analyst

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

Chartered Legal Executive

Admin Hub

Sandy Kemish

Administration Team Manager

Jade Missing

Senior Area Administrator for Portsmouth

Courtney Millar

Area Administrator for Hampshire

Becky Taylor

Area Administrator for Plymouth

Victoria Conway-West

Area Administrator for Somerset

Ellena Smith (MAT leave)

Area Administrator for Dorset

Katharine Marsland

Area Administrator for BCP