Meet The Committee

Lucy Osborne - Chair

Hi, I'm Lucy, I have two children, Oliver (3) who attends Playgroup and Harriet (newborn at just 3 weeks old as I write this) I’m currently on maternity leave and plan to return to work in March, where I'm Service Improvement Lead, for Cancer Services. 


I’ve lived in the village for 5 years with my partner Tim and black Labrador Blake. I’ve joined the committee as I’d like to support my local community and have the opportunity to be involved within my child’s learning. 


Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss anything relating to the playgroup and your child’s care as I’m always available for a chat.

Rhiannon Parker - Secretary

Hi, my name is Rhiannon, I live in Leonard Stanley with my husband Dan, two children, Lily who is 6 and goes to Kings Stanley Primary School and Ewan who is 3 and will be starting playgroup in September, and a very bouncy cocker spaniel, Mylo. 


I grew up in Gloucestershire before earning a BSc Hons in History and Psychology at Oxford Brookes University. After a few years working with children in residential care, I decided to retrain as a Primary Teacher. I qualified in 2011 and love creating an environment where children are happy and have opportunities to find their unique qualities and talents. 


I decided to get involved in the committee to help support the incredible setting we have, which is an asset to our community and I want to ensure it continues to build on the successes of the last couple of years.

Gavin Dickson - Treasurer

Hi, I am Gavin, I live in Leonard Stanley with my wife and 4 children; Charlie 6, Mia 4 and our recent additions to the family, twins Felix & Imogen. Last but not least is our much loved dog Edith.


Originally from Glasgow I moved to Kent when I was 6. 

I have a BA Honours in Business from the University of Kent and have worked in the insurance industry since graduating. I spent almost 10 years in London working in the City before moving to the Stanleys. I love the local community and I am pleased to be able to give something back as part of the Playgroup committee.

Rachel Woodward - General Committee Member - Social Media & PR Manager


I'm Rachel and I am a mama to two boys, Zach (3yrs) and Evan (9mnths). I am also mama to two crazy pooches, Wilbur and Betsy.


I was born in Staffordshire and spent my childhood years in Cheshire, before emigrating to New Zealand. I've now lived in Gloucestershire since 2009, where I married my husband, Ryan, who is Stroud born and bred.


I am currently on maternity leave, however I return to work in October as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and I am also currently working towards my Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition which should hopefully be completed in November.


I've joined the Committee, because I would really like to be a part of my children's education and to be able to contribute and support them from behind the scenes. 

Abby-Gail Bethwaite - General Committee Member

Hello...I’m Abby-Gail. We moved to Stonehouse in 2018 - my husband Dave, our daughter Ella and our son Jake. 


When looking for a playgroup for Jake I came across Kings Stanley Playgroup and could not have been more happy with what it was offering. After a year, I was not disappointed with the choice I had made. Jake loves it! I decided to join the committee because I want the playgroup to remain open for many more years. It is a wonderful, happy and safe place for our little ones and their families as well as an asset for the Community. 


With 15 years experience working with children as an Early Years and Music teacher both in South Africa and Norway I’m hoping to use the skills and experience that I have gleaned from my professional life as well as my personal experience of being a mum to contribute positively to the committee and to help maintain and run this successful Playgroup. 

David Bethwaite - General Committee Member

Hi, I'm Dave, I live locally with my wife Abby and 2 children, Ella - 7 and Jake - 4, who loves coming to the play group. After growing up  north of the border, I worked overseas for a number of years, doing everything from being a kayaking coach, to building high performance race cars. I'm passionate about the outdoors and getting people involved in outdoor pursuits.


I've joined the committee so that I can contribute towards the future of the play group through collaboration with the other committee members and the local community.

Hannah Dickson - General Committee Member

Hi, I am Hannah, I live in Leonard Stanley with my husband and 4 children, Charlie aged 6, Mia aged 4 and newborn twins Felix and Imogen and the most clingy sprocker spaniel in the world, Edith.


I grew up locally and then moved to Leeds where I obtained a BA Hons in English and Philosophy and then lived in London and Kent for a while before returning to the village to raise my family. I work as a Probation Officer and am passionate about child safeguarding. I decided to get involved in the committee in order to support the community and be involved in the learning and development of my children. My daughter starts school now and I'm so thankful for her wonderful playgroup experience so I wanted to stay on the committee to remain involved for when my twins hopefully attend in a few years.

Co-Opted Committee Members

Caroline Freem - Playgroup Manager

My name is Caroline and I live in Farmhill with my Husband Daren, 2 Children; Tom & Lola and our dog Toby.


I have a level 3 qualification in Early Years and have worked in Playgroups, Children Centres, main stream and special education schools in Gloucestershire for the past 9 years. I’m currently studying to complete my Level 5 Early Years Senior Practitioner Diploma which I hope to complete in 2022. I am the designated safeguarding lead for the Playgroup. 


 I am extremely passionate about creating a safe environment where children are free to explore their curiosity. We are very much child-centred, with the foundations of our planning being the children’s interests so that they really engage with all the activities and opportunities on offer. My hope for every child in our care is that they leave us with a love of learning – excited to take on their next challenge of starting school! We encourage an environment in which young children can grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually but most of all have fun whilst learning.

Bryony Clements - Level 3 Practitioner & SENDCo

My name is Bryony, I’ve lived in Leonard Stanley all my life as well as my parents, I also have an older sister and 2 cats that complete my family. 


I have a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years and have worked with children aged from 5 months up to 6 years which has provided me with a range of experience. I’ve also attended SEND training and been involved in the EHCP process. 


I’m passionate about providing an inclusive practice to all children and supporting children with their development and well-being.