Meet the Committee

Laura Jones-Committee Chair

Hi, I'm Laura, this is now my second year as the Committee chair, and previous to that I was the Committee’s Secretary so I have lots of experience of working within the Playgroup.

So, a bit about me… I have two children, Isla (5) and Freddie (4), who both have been through the playgroup, although they have both moved onto school now I still very much enjoy supporting what is a crucial amenity to the village as well as all the families who attend. I have a BA (Hons) with QTS and previously worked as a Primary School teacher in South London up until the birth of my first child. Whilst taking some time to raise my children I decide that I needed another challenge so I retrained at a civil engineer. I currently work for a tower crane company where I design, plan and manage crane solutions for large construction projects across the country (I promise it’s more interesting than it sounds!).

I’m fairly new to the village so if you see me around then please feel free to say hi and if you ever want to discuss anything relating to the playgroup and your child’s care then I’m always available for a chat.


I look forward to meeting some new faces this year…  

Kelly Earl-Committee Secretary

My name is Kelly, I live in Kings Stanley with my Husband and two children, Henry aged 3 (who attends Kings Stanley Playgroup) and Elliot who is 3 months. Not forgetting our third little boy Toby who is an 18 month old Labrador.


I am currently on maternity leave following the birth of Elliot, when not being a Mummy to our three boys I work as a Designer and Account Manger supplying home accessories to high street retailers.



I had decided to join the Committee as Secretary, I am passionate about supporting my local community and having involvement in my children’s learning and development.

Harriet Pegler-Committee Treasurer

My name is Harriet Pegler and I grew up in King’s Stanley and now live in Leonard Stanley with my husband and 2 little boys. I studied in Bristol for my degree and achieved a BA (hons) in law and history. I have been on the playgroup committee for nearly two years, starting when my eldest son started at the setting. I took on the role of treasurer just over a year ago to play an active part in the running of the playgroup. My background is in the Third Sector, with 8years experience working at Macmillan Cancer Support and then Meningitis Now. During this time  my work was diverse, ranging from, organising events at the House of Commons and House of Lords petitioning for the introduction of vaccines, working with a Royal ambassador to host palace dinners and lunches, to organising local walks and runs with our supporters and cheering on amazing individuals at events like Great North Run and London Marathon. All of these experiences have given me a great knowledge of the charity world and have been beneficial to my role at the playgroup

Hannah Day-Head of Fundraising

My name is Hannah Day and I live in King’s Stanley with my husband, Paul and 2 boys; Henry (3) and Ezra (10 months).  I am just about to finish maternity leave and return to my job as an Operations Manager for Emergency Response at the British Red Cross. I studied Politics in Sheffield and I have a Masters in International development from Bristol. I have a love for travel, food and all things netball. I joined the committee as I love being a part of this community and I hope I can bring my knowledge of the charity sector, volunteering and fundraising to help revive our playgroup!

Aimee Batt-Social Media and PR Manager

Hi, I’m Aimee and I have lived in Kings Stanley for 6 years, I live with my husband and two children, Artie (2) & Winnie(4 months).

I joined the committee this August due to Artie starting the playgroup in September and wanted to get involved to help and meet other members of the community.


I am currently on maternity leave and returning to work next May.

Tori Gunn

Hi my name is Tori. I live in Leonard Stanley with my husband and our two young sons Percy (3) and Parker (20 months). I grew up in the village and have returned here after university, travelling and living in Singapore. I have a BA Hons degree in Linguistics and a Masters in Medical Science from the University of Sheffield. I am a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with a specific interest in early years and developmental delay/disorder.


 I work in independent practice directly for schools and families across Gloucestershire but have previously worked for the NHS and in Asia’s largest private practice. I also help manage Saxon Barn which is located on my family’s farm. I bring to the committee a passion and specialist understanding of supporting speech, language and communication development.

Matt Meadows

I studied Conservation Biology and worked on wildlife projects in Africa before returning to the settle in the UK, where I trained to become a teacher.  After 13 years teaching in primary schools in Gloucestershire, in roles from classroom teacher to assistant head teacher, the call of the wild grabbed my attention once more and I decided to reconnect my own interest in nature and focus on outdoor learning.  I qualified as a level 3, Forest School Leader and started my own Forest School business last year. I now teach this in schools and run independent Forest School sessions for parent and toddlers and primary aged children.  I am father to 4 children and am passionate that they should get the best start to their education as possible.

Emely Margetts-Committee DSL/Safeguard Champion

My name is Emely, I live with my partner, our 3 years old son, Elliott (who attends King Stanley playgroup) and our pets (our Labrador, cat and Elliott’s much loved stick insects!).
I am originally from France and have lived in this wonderful village for the past 5 years.

I have a BA Hons degree in social work, and through my work, I have met and supported some incredible children and adults in different areas of their life. I have experience of working in child mental health, homelessness and exploitation and am about to start a new job as a family worker in a school, which I am really excited about!
I am passionate about Children’s wellbeing and them thriving in all areas of their life, so thought that joining the playgroup committee  would be a great opportunity to combine my passion and supporting the local community whilst meeting new people in the process!