Leadership in the Early Years – June O’Sullivan, LEYF
June O’Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a social enterprise which currently runs 38 nurseries across eleven London boroughs.
An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile, new childcare models and stronger social impact over the past ten years.
As CEO of the UK’s leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2005, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF’s scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families.
June is a champion of home learning and community-based, multi-generational early years care as the basis for greater social and cultural capital and means of delivering long-term social impact. She continues to advise the UK Government and a range of organisation, academics and services at home and overseas about how best to implement a social enterprise vision for Early Years.
June is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early Arts, Trustee of London Hostels Association, Non-Executive Director of Social Enterprise UK, and Founding Member of International Early Years. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London’s children. She was awarded the Social Enterprise UK Women’s Champion Award in November 2014 and in February 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex.
June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and an MBA from London South Bank University.