Group Chief Executive Officer
John Woodward is one of the original founding members of Busy Bees. John started his career as a school teacher in 1976. The first nursery, The Rocklands was opened in 1984. When Busy Bees decided to expand he took the decision to concentrate his efforts entirely on the nursery business.
John is also Chairman of Smallsteps, an HIG backed group of 250 nurseries in the Netherlands.
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 Managing Director 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. Marg is also involved in all operational aspects of the business.
Chief Financial 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.
Chief Executive Officer Busy Bees 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.