CACHE Trustees





Marilyn Hawkins joined the Board in 2011 and was appointed as Chair in July 2013

Marilyn began her career in the National Health Service and has kept a specialist focus in Early Years and Health and Social Care since that time. She has spent over 30 years in Further Education, frequently in colleges with a significant Higher Education and extensive links with  industry. Marilyn has led, as Principal and Chief Executive, two
successful large Further Education Colleges, most recently at Barnet and Southgate College in North London. She has recently been Chair of the 157 Group of large, influential colleges and is developing a portfolio career. She is especially interested in new forms of collaboration. She is supportive of the Global UK Vocational Strategy and has been focussing on the Middle East. 

Marilyn has significant corporate governance experience, especially in the charitable and social regeneration spheres.



Dale Noyce joined the Board in 2003 and was appointed as Deputy Chair in July 2013

Dale Noyce joined the board in 2003 has worked as a Playgroup / Crèche Manager / Childminder / Special Needs Nanny and then moved into teaching the NNEB, CACHE Diplomas and Certificates. The focus of her work has been Special Needs and NEETs young people. Dale has worked in Special Education and in General Further Education with particular professional interests in supporting learning through technology and ICT systems.



Peter Cullimore joined the Board in 1994

Peter set up Universal Care Limited with his late wife in 1986. Universal Care provides carers to enable the elderly, infirm and disabled to remain in their homes. Between 1960 and 1986 Peter worked in various engineering and managerial positions in the electricity supply industry. He is a Chartered Engineer.



Carys Davies joined the Board in 2003

Carys has been involved in Welsh Medium childcare qualifications and training within FE and Voluntary Sectors for the past 30 years.
From a career within the health sector, she began teaching health studies on the NNEB within FE College before becoming programme leader for CACHE courses and working with other Awarding Body.
Since 2002 Carys has worked as Director of Training at Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin, a Welsh medium early years organisation, working across Wales. Her work involves developing the Foundation Phase within the organisation as well as the development of units, qualifications and training for practitioners working in Welsh medium early years settings.
Carys is a member of the Care Council Wales Care Sector Liaison Group and has recently been involved in many of the CCW CCLD talk and finish groups.


Michael Freeston joined the Board in 2003 and is Chair of CACHE's Scrutiny Panel

Michael is Director of Quality Improvement for the Pre-school Learning Alliance. Michael’s background is in adult community education. He originally worked as a lecturer in the Further Education sector. He subsequently worked for The Workers’ Educational Association between 1995 and 2003, involved in national and local initiatives to develop community based provision in vocational, academic and personal development areas. This included international work within the European Union, accession countries and Africa.

Since joining the Alliance he has focused attention on realigning various aspects of Alliance service provision including vocational training quality improvement, curriculum development and inclusion. The vision is to ensure that all these aspects combine to improve the early years experiences of children and the provision offered to families. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law and Politics, a PGCE (FE) and Masters Degree in Education Policy.  




Hilary Bills joined the Board in 2005
Hilary qualified as a teacher in 1970. She was a Deputy Head from 1990-1996, Head Teacher from 1996-

2005 and National Officer of the NUT from 2004-2008, including being President in 2005/6. From 2008-2012 Hilary is elected as NUT Examiner of Accounts and currently works as a supply teacher in Sandwell.
Tim Bearcroft joined the Board in 2005
Tim was Training and Development Manager for the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries. Tim has worked within primary education, up to and including Headship.


Ken Terry joined the Board in 2007
Ken qualified as a Social Worker in 1976 and worked for the London Borough of Lewisham between 1976 and 1990, from 1987-1990 as Assistant Director for Children & Young people). From 1991-2002 Ken worked part-time as the Independent Chairman and Quality Assurance Inspector for the London Borough of Bexley Health and from 2002-2006 he was Independent Chairman for Kent County Council. Currently an independent registered social worker and elected to the Board of Trustee of the College of Social Work (TCSW) in 2013 .