The Board

Each member of the EYN Partnership Board is a leader in their field and brings with them a wealth of experience in the area of early years nutrition. It is their role to advise and guide EYN Partnership strategy, drawing from the strength of their knowledge, direct experience and understanding of the issues.



Neil Leitch, EYN Partnership Chair

Chief Executive of the Pre‑school Learning Alliance, which supports more than 800,000 children and their families in England through its membership of more than 14,000 day nurseries, sessional pre‑schools, and childminders.

The Alliance is the largest voluntary sector childcare operator in the UK, managing approximately 120 settings in areas of deprivation. Neil champions early intervention, believing all children regardless of background deserve the best possible start in life. In 2014, he was voted the winner of the early years magazine Nursery Management Today’s Childcare Power 20. 

Professor Judith Buttriss BSc DipDiet PhD RNutr FAfN

Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, a registered charity providing impartial, evidence-based information on food and nutrition. The charity's core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all.

A Fellow of the Association for Nutrition and a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) and at Kings College London, Judith has over 25 years experience in providing targeted advice on nutrition and applying science to develop nutrition policy (including several UK government initiatives in relation to children’s’ diets). She has written a number of reviews, articles and book chapters on a wide range of diet and health topics, including child nutrition.

June O'Sullivan MBE

Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation, a social enterprise, which has 36 community nurseries across some of London’s most disadvantaged areas.

Aiming to 'change the world one child at a time', the enterprise subsidises 48% of parents to access a free nursery place and is the largest provider of the ‘free two year old’ offer in London. June is passionate about children’s wellbeing and is a regular speaker and commentator on Early Years, Social Enterprise and Child Poverty/Social Mobility. She continues to work closely with the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years, improve quality, and promote better understanding of the long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education for everyone.