Simon Irons

Group Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined Busy Bees on a full-time basis in 2000 having previously been involved in the business as an advisor since 1989.

Before joining Busy Bees, Simon was a partner at Deloitte and a CFO for a GE business involved in speciality insurance. Simon, along with the founders of Busy Bees transformed the group from a low margin business managing c.25 nurseries on behalf of other organisations to its current scale and focus on owned nurseries.

Simon chairs the Company’s capital investment committee and business performance group and is a qualified accountant and working towards a Masters in Pure Mathematics.

Matt Davies

Group Chief Financial Officer

Matt joined as Group Chief Financial Officer in December 2018, bringing with him a broad range of operational and finance leadership experience. Matt’s most recent role before joining us was as Group Managing Director of a global testing, inspection and certification business, where he was responsible for over 1,000 staff across 10 countries spanning the UK, Middle East and Asia.

Matt has also held a number of finance leadership roles, including CFO, FD and commercial finance roles within global security, telecoms and construction businesses in the UK and overseas. With a proven track record of working successfully with multinational management teams to drive and deliver top line growth and improve profit margins and cash flow, Matt has also worked on a number of acquisitions and disposals under both public and private equity ownership. Matt is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

Matt is responsible for the group’s finance functions, banking and investor relations across the group as well as driving business performance and operational improvement initiatives.

Cheryl Creaser

Chief Executive Officer, UK

Cheryl Creaser joined Busy Bees in 1997 and has worked in a variety of roles within the business before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the UK business in 2018.

As well as managing all aspects of the day to day operations Cheryl has full profit and loss responsibility for the UK business. With 20 years of experience within the organisation Cheryl understands the business inside out. Her commercial acumen is balanced by a passion for delivering exceptional childcare.

As a mother of two boys, Cheryl understands what life is like as a Busy Bees parent and a Busy Bees employee and that knowledge has helped Busy Bees to become the leading childcare provider in the UK and give every child the best start in life.

June Rusdon

Chief Executive Officer,  Asia

Founded the Learning Vision Group in 1989, which was engaged in the preschool, enrichment, teachers training and adult education.

Result-driven entrepreneur, with over twenty-four years of leadership experience in driving business growth including start-ups, with a strong focus on customers’ satisfaction, talent management, founded on strong process and risk management.

Extensive management experience in managing and growing the Group’s businesses in Singapore and the region.

Lead the acquisition and integration of three new businesses into the Group.

Conceptualized and drove the creation of Odyssey, The Global Preschool.

Recognised as the market leader and trendsetter in Early Childhood and Teacher’s Education.

Mary Ann Curran

Chief Executive Officer, Canada

Mary Ann joined what is now Busy Bees Canada in 2012 when it was still under its previous ownership. She supported the company with its ambitious growth plans driven by her passion to care for and educate children, this subsequently led to the business joining the Busy Bees Group in 2017. Today, Mary Ann successfully manages all aspects of the Canadian business and continues to drive the business forward.

Mary Ann has over 25 years of experience across a variety of roles in strategy development, financial management, planning and analysis, auditing and information technology and has work with well-known brands Abitibi-Price, PepsiCola and Price Waterhouse. She has previously held a number of executive roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, before securing the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Jones Apparel Group Canada. She is extremely passionate about education for all ages and holds several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and certifications. All of this helps to make Mary Ann an integral part of Busy Bees Group.

Robert Hughes

Chief Executive Officer,  Australia

Rob joined what is now Busy Bees’ Australian business in 2017 when it was still under its previous ownership. Having previously provided strategic advice to the business as well as other operators in the Australian early learning sector, Rob was appointed to the CEO role in early 2017 to improve and grow the business. Subsequent to his appointment into the CEO role, Rob led the process that ultimately saw the business join the Busy Bees group in mid-2018 becoming the platform for the establishment and growth of a Busy Bees presence in the Australian market.

Having a background in corporate and advisory sectors focused on service based businesses, including specific knowledge on business growth through acquisition based strategies, Rob brings more than 25 years of commercial and strategic experience to Busy Bees to lead its continued expansion in Australia.

Within the Australian early learning sector, Rob holds an executive committee role on a peak body providing Rob with good access and strong connections across the wider sector both across other large operators, including for-profits and not-for-profits, as well as all levels of government within Australia that are involved in the sector.

Marg Randles

Chief Academic Officer

Marg Randles is one of the founding members of Busy Bees. Previously a qualified and experienced teacher of children with multiple complex needs, Marg was instrumental in developing the first Busy Bees Nursery in Lichfield, Staffordshire over 30 years ago primarily to provide high quality care for her own children.

She is now the Chief Academic Officer of the nursery business with responsibility for the delivery of exceptional care performance in the centres throughout the UK.

Marg has strong links with the government departments, Local Authorities and national associations.