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Early Start Education Senior Management Team

Justin Elder

MSc, BSc (hons), PGDip, ADPD, MBPs, Assoc CIPD

Justin has worked with children, young people, and families for the last 20 years as a practitioner, manager and leader. He began his career as a residential social worker, later leading a team of social workers. After completing postgraduate training in Psychology in 2000 he worked in community based practice within a specialist service of the NHS. In 2009 he joined Newham Council as a Senior Manager in the Children and Young People Services directorate and from 2013 moved over to lead Early Start. As the Managing Director of Early Start, Justin has considerable experience of service development and strategic human resources management, and intended to establish a business that builds financial value for the shareholders and social value within the communities Early Start operates. Justin is committed to early intervention and education; to ensure children and families have access to good quality services which support them to achieve.

Sharon Cox

BA (hons), Level 3 qualified, Cert. in Supervisory Management, IOSH

Qualified in 1994, Sharon has 25 years experience working in a range of child centered services for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years. She has worked with a range of stakeholders - statutory, third and private sectors, in operations and commissioning. Sharon is passionate about play work, particularly learning through outdoor and adventure play and open access provision for disabled children. In addition to experience in children's services, Sharon also has experience in property and facility management which will be valuable to managing nursery tenancy arrangements.

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