The speakers are as follows: (in programme order)


Tulip Siddiq MP, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn and Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years
Tulip Siddiq is the Labour Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn and Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years. She is a governor at Emmanuel Primary School, a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and a patron of the charity Leaders Plus.

Gill Jones, Ofsted early education deputy director

Gill Jones is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and joined Ofsted in 2007, leading inspections of schools and children’s centres. She is the deputy director for early education policy, introducing the Early Years common inspection framework, and is responsible for the Early Years annual reports. Before joining Ofsted, Gill was a consultant leader for the National College, training new and aspiring head teachers and school improvement partners. She was the head teacher of two primary schools, during which time she set up out-of-school provision and holiday clubs including day care for under-fives. She subsequently became a senior inspector for Wirral LA, with responsibility for primary education. Gill has held a number of roles in Ofsted, including senior HMI in the East of England and principal officer for the inspection policy of maintained primary schools.

Julie Hyde, CACHE director

Julie has extensive experience of management in the childcare and education sectors, having previously gained commercial sales and training experience working in industry as both a regional and national account manager.

Julie joined CACHE in 2010 as a regional manager and in 2011 was appointed senior national development manager. In 2013 she was promoted to director of business development where she directed the development of high-quality vocational qualifications.

Today, as CACHE director, Julie ensures that our reputation as the UK’s leading sector specialist endures and that our qualifications continue to improve the skills level and professional standards of the childcare workforce.

Dr Stella Louis, freelance early years consultant, trainer and author

Dr Stella Louis is a freelance early years consultant working with individual nursery settings, parents, nursery schools, local authorities, government departments and charities. She provides training and consultancy and is particularly interested in observation and its part in supporting learning, development and teaching. Currently Stella leads a small team of Froebelian traveling tutors in promoting, developing and delivering the short Froebel Trust courses in England. She is the author of two books, ‘Schemas for parents’ (2018) Suffolk County Council and ‘How to use work group supervision to improve early years practice’ (2020) London, Routledge.
Dr Colin Michie, Paediatrician and Senior Academic at the University of Central Lancashire
Colin Michie is a senior medical academic based in the University of Central Lancashire. His medical training has been based in the United Kingdom; his junior doctor experiences included several specialist posts in renal medicine, nutrition and intensive care. His research degree involved studies of immunological memory. He has worked in the UK, southern Africa and the Caribbean as a paediatrician. He delivers teaching, educational innovations and research directed at improving maternal and child health care, paediatric education and public health. He is proud to be a Baby Friendly Champion!
Philip Sarthou, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Bertram Nursery Group
Bertram is a Group of 36 nursery settings in Scotland and England. Bertram received Private Equity (“PE”) investment in February 2019 to support the growth of the business through acquisition. Bertram has since acquired six settings including Paint Pots in Perth and the Enchanted Forest group of nurseries.
Phil joined Bertram from KPMG Corporate Finance in June 2019 to lead Bertram’s acquisition programme. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 11 years’ experience advising FTSE100 and PE backed businesses on transactions. After graduating from Durham University, Phil joined EY’s London office before relocating to Manchester with his young family and joining KPMG Corporate Finance where he was part of their PE Coverage team advising on transactions likely to receive PE backing or advising PE houses on potential investments. As part of his role at KPMG, Phil was involved in a several group nursery processes which led to him joining Bertram to help the business deliver its growth aspirations.