Meet the Team

We are the office team at PATA. We have a wealth of knowledge that enables us to offer personal support to our members. Our knowledge of the sector, and specifically community groups, means we understand the specific and unique challenges faced by you and your team.

We’d like to tell you a bit about who we are and what we do as we’re proud to be part of our PATA community.

To contact us please call 01452 541244 or email   

Paula Hayball  


I spent 27 years in banking and finance developing high performing teams, but I’d always wanted to work with children. I originally came to PATA as a learner and did every short course going! I started working in a setting, progressing to the Management Team and completing my Level 5 qualification.

During this time I joined the Board of Trustees of PATA until the opportunity arose to move into the Chief Executive Officer role. I’ve now been in this role since 2015 during which time we’ve taken on the management of 6 PATA Managed Groups and seen many other changes.

Wendy Beale

Finance & Payroll Manager

My role involves all of the PATA and PMG’s finances and overseeing of our payroll service. Previous roles included software engineer, senior programmer and book-keeper to my husband. Whilst raising my children I did lots of volunteering: at my local toddler group, Treasurer at playgroup, school PTA and at the Gloucester PATA branch where I also ran the consortium, toy library and crèche. I joined PATA in 2000 as a financial assistant. 

Helen Ducker

Operations Manager

My main responsibilities are to offer support to our PMG’s, co-ordinate our membership and collate and produce much of our marketing materials and training brochures. Previous to PATA I worked in the training department of an exam board before re-locating to Moldova to run community projects and raise my family. We returned to the UK in 2014 and I joined PATA the following year. 

Karen Hendry

Payroll Administrator

I started working for PATA in 2021, part-time, processing payrolls for our clients and supporting them with their enquiries. I have previously volunteered within early years, running a toddler group, chairing a local playgroup that my sons attended, and then working for them as a keyworker qualifying in an early year’s level 3 qualification. My employment prior to that though has been predominantly in finance one way or another and I still currently also work part-time for another local playgroup as their financial administrator. 

Rebecca Atkinson

Finance & Payroll Administrator

I have worked within the Payroll team at PATA since September 2019, processing payrolls for our members. My role also includes handling the funding process for the settings that we manage and some internal finance duties. I previously worked in London as a Retail Merchandiser before relocating to start a family. I volunteered on the local Playgroup committee, staying on as their Financial Administrator when my son moved on to school. 

Lisa Bell
Finance Administrator

My role at PATA is to support the finance department. I manage internal finances and support the handling of funding process for our PMG's. I work in the office 2 days a week and have worked for PATA for over a decade and volunteered on a playgroup committee when my two children were younger.

Michelle King

Setting, Support & Development Officer

My role is to offer support to various aspects of the organisation. As well as providing admin support in the office my experience also enables me to work within the PMG's and offer support to our members which also includes training. I joined PATA in 2018 after 12 years as an early years educator and I managed my local setting for the last 5 years of this time. I help run various local groups in my village (rock hunting, village trails etc.) and I am on the board of trustees for my local village hall.

Kurtis Windridge

Office Administrator & Payroll Assistant

I joined PATA as an Apprentice in May 2019 after completing a Level 3 Games Design qualification at Gloucester College. I achieved my Level 3 Business Administration qualification whilst working at PATA on November 2020. My main duties are supporting Rachel with training courses and dealing with parts of PMG related information.

Rachel McKie

Training Co-ordinator

I work in the office 3 days a week and co-ordinate all the training. I worked for the Bank of England, Trading Standards and GlosCol as an Apprenticeship Co-ordinator before joining PATA. I previously volunteered at my local playgroup on the committee.

Kate Beevers

PMG Curriculum Lead

My role is to support our PMG's in the planning and delivery of an ambitious and stimulating curriculum. Together we enable the unique child to have the best possible start to their learning journey and help prepare them for their next step of starting school. I am a qualified teacher; my qualifications include a Master's degree in Early Years Education. I joined PATA in 2007 as a toddler Support Worker with over 30 years' experience of teaching and volunteering in primary schools, playgroups and after school clubs. I also deliver some of the PATA workshops to our member settings..

Helen Phelps

Marketing, Premises & Procurement Officer 

I joined PATA via the GEM project, as a learner and volunteer to refresh my knowledge before becoming part of the PMG team as a practitioner. I now work within the admin team at Head Office where I support both our PMG teams and PATA Member settings, I'm involved in a wide range of areas from general admin, marketing, procurement, facilities and training as well as mentoring staff currently on our Kickstart placements. I also provide bank cover to the PMGs if I'm needed.

Tina Gaulton

S4S & HR Support Officer

My role is to support the HR function for all of the PATA Managed Groups, and provide support to member settings. This includes managing the vacancies adverts on the website, and providing information to settings. I worked with PATA for many years, and I am now pleased to be part of the Head Office team, having worked in Early Years settings for many years.

Tyler Williams

Office Administrator 

I joined PATA in January 2022 via the Kickstart Scheme. I do a wide range of tasks at PATA such as, assisting with the maintenance of the PATA website, creating/maintaining our PMG websites, assisting with social media and creating/updating documents for our PMG Settings and our Members. I also assist with anything else where requested.

Our own staff team is continually growing and changing in line with our current work and plans; in addition to our office staff team we have a number of tutors delivering our training, a number of staff working on our projects and the teams of staff that form our PATA Managed groups. See other sections of our website to meet the other members of our team.

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