Councillor Kevin Redgrift - Co-Opted Governor

My name is Councillor Kevin Redgrift, having served the village as a Councillor for the last 12 years. I joined the Governing Body in March 2016 as a Village Council representative.

I have lived in Great Coates for the last 28 years with my wife Evelyn, and we have two grown-up daughters and two granddaughters.I recently retired but my background is in engineering, having worked locally at several companies along the Humber Bank.

As a resident / Councillor of the village, I have both a personal and local interest in the Nursery and I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to become more involved with GCVN, supporting its future development and helping the children to flourish. I would also like to help build ties with the Nursery, Village Council and the community. 

Helen Hussey - Head Teacher

My name is Helen Hussey and I have been the voting Head teacher Governor since January 2016. I live in Hull with my husband Stephen and our 17 year old daughter, Bridie. I really enjoy the commute to the Nursery School, as it gives me a chance to relax and to appreciate the pretty scenery in the area.

I have worked in early years for over 20 years, firstly as an EYFS Leader in an East Riding school and for the last 9 years, as a Senior Leader for Hull Local Authority Early Years Advisory Team.

I am passionate about giving all children the very best start in their education and strive to ensure this happens at the Nursery School.

I very much enjoy spending time with family and friends, travel, films and the occasional spa day!

Nicola Riley - Parent Governor

My name is Nicola Riley and I am a parent Governor. I live on the Wybers Wood Estate with my husband Daniel and two children James, aged 5, and two year old Jessica. James attended Great Coates Nursery before continuing his education at Healing Primary School. James really enjoyed his time at this Nursery and I look forward to Jessica starting here in the future.

I have a level 3 qualification in childcare and education, which is one reason why I was so keen to join the Governors for my passion for the education of child development.

I have worked in many Day Nurseries supporting children from 0-4 years. I started off as a Nursery Nurse, progressing to deputy in charge, which was a great achievement. I am now working part time as a poolside assistant for a baby swim class called Puddle Ducks. This is really rewarding watching the babies develop in the pool with confidence and greeting and settling in new nervous mums.