Our Staff

At Childcare & Community Centre – Hilton Street you can be sure of a warm, friendly welcome as soon as you enter our doors.

Liam Pendlebury originally joined us a volunteer. Six years later, our gentle giant, will greet you in reception and has information on the nursery and our jam-packed programme of activities. The kids enjoy saying hello and goodbye to Liam and sometimes he does the school runs with nursery nurses. Outside of work, Liam enjoys gigs and bands such as Machinehead and Disturbed.

CEO Sue Benson, according to her staff is a very easy-going, approachable and friendly boss. Since 2010 when she joined the team at our Childcare and Community Centre, Sue has seen the nursery go from strength to strength as well as concentrating on the strengthening and expansion of the organisation.   To her mind, the thing that makes our centre a fantastic place to work are the staff.  In her free time, she keeps three horses which are competed across the country.

Nursery Manager Nicola Ambler has been with us almost a decade. Her whole career has been spent in Childcare. Nicola loves our nursery, the staff and the children. Friendly and fair, Nicola always makes time to resolve any nursery issues and the nursery nurses feel comfortable approaching her. Outside of work, Yoga addict Nicola enjoys family holidays, is a Reiki therapist and mindfulness enthusiast.

Deputy manager Lisa Pendlebury-Green has been with us for almost 18 years. She enjoys the fact that every day is different and the challenging nature of her role. Lisa feels it’s a great privilege to work with families and a range of other external professionals. She looked after Ryan at 3 and he is now a dedicated trainee Early Years Practitioner. This fills with her pride. Adventurous Lisa used to be a Badminton champion and now enjoys zip wiring in the Lakes, gigs and holidays as well as supporting her daughter in her gymnastic competitions.

Breakfast, out of school and holiday club supervisor Louise Hilton has been with us for 20 years. This fact was recently celebrated in the Wigan Observer with Louise’s caring and practical nature praised by nursery manager Nicola.

Giraffes Room Supervisor Bec McSpirit has been with us for 8 years since the tender age of 19. She and her team look after babies and have the privilege of watching them take their first steps into being toddlers. Bec enjoys making a real difference in these little ones’ lives. Outside of work, she enjoys city breaks with her boyfriend and has recently visited the historical and scenic city of York. She’s looking forward to seeing Krakow next.

Hedgehogs Room Supervisor Julie West has been at our nursery for over 2 years and has over 20 years of experience in childcare. She is a Level 6 qualified nursery nurse and enjoys watching the kids develop into their little characters and watching them learn. Together with her sister, Karen, she enjoys a dancing class – which incorporates tap, street dance and jazz.

Karen Davies – Julie’s sister – has been at the nursery for 12 years and is a Level 6 Early Years Practitioner. She supervises the Monkey Room and is third in charge at the nursery. She enjoys watching her 3 to 4 year olds progress and becoming more independent and school ready.

Amanda Jones is a Level 4 nursery nurse and the SENCO coordinator. She has been at our nursery for 21 years and enjoys seeing the kids she’s helping achieve milestones. She works hard to help kids and acknowledges it can be a slow process – but that it is extremely rewarding.

Fitness fanatic and financial whizz Lisa Fisher can be found munching away through her mammoth daily fruit salad while furiously processing our in-goings and out-goings. A firm favourite with the out of school children, she always has a smile for everyone. A former athletics county champion, our furtive biscuits are quickly put away from her glaring eyes. Unless it’s short bread – she’ll partake in eating short bread.

Busy bee Sue Marsh started her career at our Childcare centre as a nursery nurse but is now our office administration superstar. Sue processes parents’ requests, all information on free hours and is our mountain of encyclopaedic information about the nursery. Outside of work she ferries her children to rugby and gymnastics competitions and enjoys socialising particularly with Deputy Manager Lisa Pendlebury-Green.

Eli Regan joined us in late October 2018 as the Community Development Officer. Her role is multi-faceted spanning community engagement, writing proposals for grants, strengthening relationships with partner organisations, running community groups, social media and blogging for the website. Eli grew up in Madrid and is a trained NCTJ journalist and Photography graduate. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting galleries and writing about Art, going to gigs with her boyfriend and spending time with her energetic, artistic and dance-mad daughter.



Robert Bradley – YMCA President. Bob is a founder member of the YMCA, he has overseen all building construction and is active in the community with other groups and is able to offer advice on new initiatives happening in the community.

Geoff Urwin has been involved with the charity since 2002 and is the current Chair of Trustees. Originally from Newcastle, Geoff has lived in Cheshire for the past 42 years spending stints in Oxford and London beforehand. Geoff is married, has three children and four grown- up grand children. His past work roles include Chartered Engineer, Personnel & Development Manager, Director and Company Secretary across a number of industries – Defence, Electrical, Motor Vehicles and Gas. His hobbies include contributing to community affairs, walking, cycling although nowadays he looks back fondly at fitter excursions – such as getting to the top of Lake District hills.

Former Saint Helens College Childcare Lecturer Winnie Burns has been on the board for 17 years. She used to do classroom observations and inspection of our nursery was her first connection to our site. Winnie thinks the board exists as a good interaction of like-minded people offering varied perspectives. Winnie also enjoys being part of U3A in her role of registration, meeting and greeting members and running groups. She also keeps busy fundraising for Scouts.

Qualified accountant Kevin Parr joined us in July 2018 and brings a wealth of finance business experience to our board. His strength lies in strategic business process transformation.

Vicky Johnson is our newest board member. Vicky is a retired housing professional, grassroots football volunteer and a busy grandma. Vicky held managing roles within Wigan Council, Wigan & Leigh Housing, Housemark as well being Managing Director of LV Enterprise. She is passionate about community and social justice and brings a wealth of experience – both professionally and as a committed volunteer – to the board.

William Tollet – Treasurer. Bill is a retired Accountant, and as signatory for cheques and expenses, attends weekly to discuss with managers purchasing and payments.