Nursery Management Committee

Directors

PaulG
"My name is Paul Gemmill and I’m the Chief Operating Officer for BBSRC within UK Research and Innovation having joined BBSRC back in 2003. I became a director of the Nursery in 2019 and am looking forward to helping the team continue to deliver a great service to parents and carers in Polaris House and in the wider Swindon community."

JOL
"My name is Jo O'Leary and I’m the Deputy Director on the UKRI EU Exit Programme responsible for Community Engagement. I became a director of the Nursery in 2019 because I want to contribute to ensuring that the nursery continues to support the children of parents and carers in Polaris House and the local area."

Petra
"My name is Petra Spundova. Alongside the Directorship, I am also the Treasurer of the Management Committee. I joined the Research Councils in 2007, working for MRC. I have been working for BBSRC for the last six years as Assistant Accountant. I have a son who attends Holiday Club. I joined the North Star Nursery Committee in September 2017."

Suse
"My name is Susan Soulsby and I’m the Engagement Lead for the Simpler and Better Funding Programme within UK Research and Innovation, having joined EPSRC back in 2008. Both of my children attended North Star Nursery where they built strong bonds with nursery staff and learnt all the skills needed to flourish at school. I became a director of the Nursery in 2020 and am keen to help the team continue to deliver a great service to parents, carers and the children."

Committee members

Michal
"My name is Michal Filtness and I am the Chair of the Committee. I joined the Committee in May 2019. My husband and I have one daughter who attends the Nursery. I have held various roles at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) since 2009, and I’m currently the Head of Research Centre Operations Oversight. "

IanS
"My name is Ian Stanton and I joined the committee in 2017. I currently work in AHRC heading up the International Development team, having previously worked in BBSRC. I have two sons who are school age and nursery age."

khamsin
"My name is Kam Deller and I am a Parent/Carer Representative on the Committee as well as being a member of staff. I joined the Committee in July 2018. I’ve worked for the Nursery since 2010 and have two children who have attended North Star Nursery."

Fran
"My name is Fran Stevens and I joined the Committee in 2019. I am a Finance Business Partner in BBSRC and have worked for the Research Councils since 2008. I have a son who attended North Star Nursery and is now at school and a daughter who still attends."

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"My name is Gavin Fenner. I joined as a member of the committee in 2018, I am currently a Data and Policy Analyst in BBSRC where I have worked previously in the Real Estate Team. I assist the North Star Nursery with mainly maintenance matters.”

sam
"My name is Samantha Francis and I joined the committee in 2019. I am a Deputy Director at EPSRC and joined the Research Councils in 2007. My son currently attends North Star Nursery and absolutely loves it."

Vellan
"My name is Vellan Albuquerque and I joined as a member of the Nursery Committee in March 2019 primarily to assist with HR support. I joined the Research Councils in 2014 working in different HR roles and currently work as HR advisor in UKRI Central Services."

Hannah
"My name is Hannah Berriman and I joined the committee in 2018. I currently work for UKRI, heading up the Board Secretariat Team. I have worked within the Research Councils since 2009, mostly in MRC. My daughter attended North Star Nursery from 10 months old until she started school in Sept 2021."

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"My name is Julie Dunsby and I joined as a member of the Nursery Committee in May 2021 to assist with HR support. I joined the Research Councils in 2010 dealing with student grants before moving to Pensions and then HR as HR Assistant in UKRI Central Services."

Abby Craigie
"My name is Abby Craigie and I joined the Management Committee in 2021 as Secretariat. My UKRI journey started in 2020 working for Innovate as a Claims Team Administrator. I currently work in the corporate hub as a personal assistant to the BBSRC Finance Director, and Finance Administrator to the BBSRC and NERC finance business partnering teams. I have several years’ experience working with children (ages 6 months-15 years), as a lead camp counselor, Activities Director, and Recreation Supervisor."