Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School group has appointed Chris Marston (pictured) as commercial director to support co-owner Tony Driffield overseeing the business and driving growth.

Marston previously had a career in sales and marketing, including eight years’ experience in the education sector leading The Consortium Early Years, an education supply business.

Mama Bear’s was founded in 2002 and provides childcare for children aged three months to five years. The group has 16 settings in Bristol, five in Devon and three in Somerset and cares for more than 2,000 children.

Driffield said: “Over the past 10 years Mama Bear’s has experienced fairly rapid growth and we have aspirations to expand further with the right opportunities and without compromising the quality of our childcare and our core family values. Chris will help to finesse our policies and practices and through his experience, help us to build on our success.”

Marston said: “I’m excited to be joining Mama Bear’s and sitting on the other side of the fence within a renowned private day nursery group. My role as commercial director will involve ensuring our childcare provision is well-resourced and our teams are engaged whilst helping to optimise our occupancy within the communities we serve.

“We find ourselves in a society that is rapidly changing and being challenged, particularly as we learn to live with Covid-19. The need for the early years sector to evolve at pace, in order to support parents and employees, is critical. I will be working across the business to ensure we are fit to deliver a proposition that suits our customers’ needs.’

Driffield co-owns Mama Bear’s with his wife Bev.

Date published: 21 September 2020

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