James came from simple upbringings, working and earning his way to the top through a combination of skill, dedication and luck. His talents include award-winning design and production skills, along with a continued vision for excellence and improvement in his field.
James is responsible for this website, the magazine, the video and photo production for the nurseries, as well as any documentation or promotional materials you see around. He loves coming up with new ideas and changing the experiences that parents at Snapdragons get.
Jennifer has grown up with the Snapdragons Ethos as her parents began the company when she was 10 years old. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a PGCE in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Education. After five years working in a school, Jennifer joined Snapdragons before taking on the role of Operations Director in 2014, overseeing the running of the Snapdragons Nurseries. She sits on the Steering groups for the Gloucestershire University Early Years Teacher training course as well as the Ofsted South West reference group.
Nicki is one of Snapdragons’ longest standing employees having worked for the company for 17 years. As part of her early job duties, she was basically a glorified taxi driver, as she enjoyed picking James Collard up from school as well as his three beautiful younger sisters.
She has held just about every position that there is to have, from nursery nurse, to manager, to housekeeper, to her current position as HR Manager. Nicki has her foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies, a level 3 management qualification and is a qualified NVQ assessor.
Nicki volunteers as a governor at her daughter’s primary school and enjoys going on local cycling rides with her family.
Early Years Advisory Teacher
Janey completed her Education degree specialising in Art and Design and then spent 6 years in India working in a refugee community building a school and setting up a health clinic. She has been with Snapdragons for 16 years and managed the Weston nursery for five years before entering her current role as Advisory Teacher, supporting staff over all eight settings.
Janey now works closely with Catherine Bond, delivering training both to Snapdragons staff and also through Pickwick Learning Teaching School. Janey has also completed her level 3 Forest School training, achieved her EYP status, and is currently undertaking a diploma in counselling. During the school holidays Janey and her family love wild camping as well as attending small camps / festivals where she runs 'fire spinning / dancing' workshops and craft workshops for children.
Early Years Advisory Teacher
Catherine has a degree in Primary Education with Art and Design. She worked for seven years as a school teacher in Key Stage 1, Reception and Nursery and reached the position of Head of Foundation Stage. Catherine then joined Snapdragons where she was a Pre-School Teacher for four years.
Next, Catherine took on the job of Advisory Teacher for the Wiltshire Early Years team for two years supporting nurseries and playgroups for the local education authority before returning to Snapdragons as an Advisory Teacher / Trainer supporting staff across all our nurseries. To enhance her early years knowledge, Catherine then gained a further qualification as an Early Years Professional.
Catherine works closely with Janey Mondal delivering early years training to both our teams and through the Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance.
Area Manager - Wiltshire
Lyndsey spent the first few years of her time at Snapdragons as Nursery Manager at our Grosvenor nursery, helping it achieve its first 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted and receiving multiple plaudits in the process, including the prestigious and national 'Nursery Manager of the Year' award in 2013. She now oversees our Atworth, Broadwood and Corsham nurseries in Wiltshire, ensuring the high standards we aim for are maintained across every site.
Katie has worked for Snapdragons for over 15 years, starting her career as a nursery nurse and progressing through the ranks to her current position of Area Manager, overseeing our Weston and Grosvenor nurseries and ensuring that high standards are maintained and consistent.
Katie holds a NNEB diploma (level 3) and Foundation Degree in Early Years and has a lovely family of her own, with three children and a doting husband.
Tim is our Leader of Outdoor Learning and he is responsible for all of the forest school and outdoor learning programmes at the nurseries. He has a background in childcare; his mother managed a preschool so Tim has grown up surround by the early years. Tim studied Education Studies at University, has also achieved his level 3 in Childcare and also holds his level 3 Forest School Leader qualification.
Tim is always out and about in fields and woods and he loves to forage for his own food. He is also a keen musician and enjoys playing in a local band.
Alison has worked in the Early years sector for over thirty years. She has been the Manager at our Atworth nursery for the past five years, after leaving her role of 22 years as Senior Early Years Inclusion Adviser for Wiltshire Council.
Her role in Snapdragons as Inclusion Manager is to support the nursery SENDco in their role, in addition to the support they receive from their Local Authority.
Lisa started from the ground up, first taking on a role at Snapdragons as a nursery nurse, before working her way up through the ranks. After starting her own family, she returned to the nursery as our Parent Liaison. Her role is to keep in touch with families of the nurseries, ensuring they are happy and that their needs are being met.
Jo started with Snapdragons in June 1998 at the Atworth nursery. She progressed to the position of Nursery Manager before transferring to be manager of the Grosvenor nursery.
Following her return from maternity leave, Jo took up a support manage role and is now our Catering Support Manager. Jo supports the chefs in delivering healthy and nutritious food to the children of Snapdragons.
Jo enjoys spending time with her two sons, who have both been through Snapdragons Nurseries, as well as being outdoors and playing lots of sport.
Human Resources Assistant
Business Development Manager
Mary sees herself as a bit of a recluse, but nobody really believes that once they get to know her. She's been around a while now and has worked in a number of areas that allow her to carry out her current job so efficiently.
Mary is responsible for organising events and producing the nursery magazine. She also co-ordinates our entries for awards ceremonies and runs various campaigns for Snapdragons.
Financial Accounts Manager
Laura has a long history of working in finance and comes from a family of accounting staff. She is part qualified to AAT level and has worked in accounts for six years in a range of credit control and bookkeeping roles. Laura is involved in all aspects of customer account with Snapdragons including funding, invoicing, payments and accounts queries.
Laura has lived in Bristol all of her life and loves to spend time with her husband and son.
Financial Accounts Manager
Shauna was a previous parent of Snapdragons Nursery and was so inspired by the company ethos that she joined the Snapdragons accounting team in 2014. She has a degree in Economics and a PGCE in Business and Economics Education which led to a long career in secondary education.
Shauna loves to spend time with her two children and enjoys volunteering as a school governor and a cubs scout leader.
Dale discovered a love for photography after his father (also a photographer) gave him his first camera at the age of 3. After finishing school, he worked for a wedding photography company, before making the move into film at the age of 19, working behind the camera for an independent film company.
After a shift in career to working retail, Dale returned to photography to pursue his dream of a career in media, whilst allowing him more time at home with his two children.
Dale spends his spare time with his family, enjoying Lego building with his son, and receiving makeovers from his daughter.
Taking wildlife photos on family walks when he was younger sparked a keen interest in photography for Jake. This prompted him to study photography at college where he learnt a huge range of skills and techniques and left with a triple distinction star. Jake started to apply his skills learnt with a stills camera to video cameras, and now loves being able to capture moments and share them with others as a visual record of the past.
Jake loves being able to explore and experience new cultures and landscapes and his passion has taken him to many amazing places including South East Asia, South America and Botswana. It is his ambition to one day travel to the world’s most remote and beautiful locations, filming all the amazing wildlife and people that we share this planet with.