Andrew Clifford

The former Managing Director of a family run group of 9 Children’s Nurseries and 2 Forest Schools that won many awards for Outstanding Early Years provision, Andrew has recently successfully exited the family business allowing his parents to enjoy funding for their retirement and himself to pursue a wider consultancy-based role in the industry.

Andrew’s experience in an industry that, in the face of changing social, educational and safeguarding priorities has had to transition from enthusiastic carers to professionally managed and regulated child development without losing its’ passion, is unrivalled. Add to that the journey from taking over a business owned by his parents and leading it through to exit and (in a reversal of the challenges of many) being a man in a predominantly woman’s world, the stories and insights Andrew can share will be invaluable to many who run real businesses in today’s changing world.