Our Management Team
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.
Cheryl Creaser - Europe Chief Executive Officer
Cheryl Creaser joined Busy Bees in 1997 and has worked in a variety of roles within the business before being appointed as Europe Chief Executive Officer in 2019.
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.
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 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.
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.
June Rudson - 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, North America
Mary Ann joined what is now Busy Bees North America in 2012 when it was still under its previous ownership and based solely across Canada. She supported the company with its ambitious growth plans driven by her passion and dedication to care for and educate children and to raise the bar with respect to quality early years education and care. This subsequently led to the business joining the Busy Bees Group in 2017 and expanding into the United States. Today, Mary Ann successfully manages all aspects of the North American operation, with its 125 centres across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, as well as Connecticut and Western New York in the United States. She continues to drive the mission, business and growth forward as we continue to expand our reach across North America.
Mary Ann has over 25 years of experience across a variety of roles in strategy development, operational improvement, financial management, planning and analysis and information technology. She has worked with well-known brands such as Jones New York, Abitibi-Price, PepsiCola and Price Waterhouse. She has previously held a number of executive roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, before assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Jones Apparel Group Canada.
Mary Ann is passionate about education for all ages and holds several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and certifications. Her experience, passion, commitment to quality and operational excellence 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.
Ceri Williams-Jones - Group General Counsel
Ceri joined as Group General Counsel in September 2019, bringing with her more than 15 years' experience as a corporate lawyer. Before joining Busy Bees, Ceri was in-house counsel at Rolls-Royce plc, where she supported the global engineering group manage risk on projects requiring multi-discipline advice, in particular M&A (national, international and JV's) and strategic commercial agreements.
Ceri will, in her role as Group General Counsel, manage legal risk and governance across the Busy Bees group, provide strategic legal advice to management and oversee the group’s relationships with its external legal advisers.