About us



As a registered charity, Social Enterprise and company limited by guarantee, First Steps is governed by a Charity Board of Trustees, which includes parents using our services, and local professionals. The Board’s membership reflects key stakeholders in the local community including local public services, local businesses, independent consultants, voluntary organisations, and schools. Trustees therefore bring a wide range of individual skills and experience to the Board.

Current Trustees:

Sue Pendle (Chair)

Meg North (Vice-Chair)

Ken Littlewood (Treasurer)

Mike Turner (Moorland Build Project Trustee)

Val Wheeler  (Link Trustee for Family Services)

Dougie Brown (Safeguarding Trustee)

Jacqui Lazare  (Link Trustee for Moorlands Children's Centre & Weston Nursery)

Sarah Chikhani (Link Trustee for Twerton Children's Centre)

Janet Rose (Quality in EY, Education & Child Development Trustee)

Jane Millar (Advisory Board, Data & Outcomes Trustee)

Wayne Baker (Health & Safety Trustee)

Tom Williams (Parent representative)

Advisors/commissioners from Health and the Early Years and Extended Services section of Bath and North East Somerset’s Children’s Services attend some of the Board meetings in a non-voting capacity.  Currently these services are represented by:

Debbie Forward - Senior Commissioning Manager, Early Childhood Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council


Penny Hazelwood - Head of Health Visiting, Children's Services, Sirona Care & Health


What our parents say

“(Baby Massage) was friendly and relaxing. The staff were amazing and helpful, and it was great to meet other mums and babies.”

Family Services user

"The (Twerton Children's Centre) nursery, in particular keyworkers, have been fantastic supporting us and helping with behavioural issues."