Staff List

Tracy Landy



I am the Manager and Proprietor of Clowns Nursery and Manor House Pre-School. Clowns Nursery is entering into its 23rd year where I still work alongside the first member of staff that Clowns employed in May 1994. It has been an amazing journey to start from my home and then to transition into part of…

Mary-lee Haslam


I am the Deputy Manager with over 30 years experience in early years. The majority of these have been in a managerial position. Whilst I am responsible for assisting Tracy Landy in all care and educational aspects I am also completely hands on and work within all classes throughout the year, role modelling good practice…

Ann Davis

Third in Charge

I have worked at Clowns Nursery for 18 years. I have grown with clowns and have watched many children flourish whilst being with us. It is a remarkable nursery to work in due to the wonderful family atmosphere.

Maria Hillier (Currently on maternity leave)

Fourth in Charge/Team Leader

Clowns Nursery was my first job and I have worked in the Cherry Room for 16 years now. I have gained so much knowledge and experience whilst working here and I enjoy helping the children grow and develop through the learning opportunities we provide.

Joan McCarthy

Chief Administrative Officer


I have 8 years experience working in education and I look forward to being your first point of contact and assisting you with any administration enquiries you may have during your time at the nursery.

Sonia Sliney (Currently on maternity leave)

Team Leader

I have been here at Clowns for thirteen years. I knew from the moment I had my interview that Clowns was different. I have had previous experiences of working in a variety of both private and state nurseries. However, as I began to learn more about Clowns throughout the interview, I knew this is where…

Aleksandar Andonov

Class Teacher

I’m a qualified teacher with diverse experience in planning and implementing activities for the promotion of children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. I believe that providing a safe and stimulating environment for children at a young age is one of the most important things to prepare them for their later years in life.  

Sharon Loftman

Class Teacher

I have worked at Clowns since we first opened in 1994. I am a Level 5 qualified Senior Nursery Practitioner with 24 years experience in Early Years. I have held a senior position at the nursery since 1997. Within this position I have worked with all ages from babies to our 4 year old classes…

Dudzai Pswarayi

Class Teacher/Early Years Co-ordinator

I joined Clowns in August 2012 as the Limetree Class teacher.  I am responsible for preparing the children for 4+ assessments at some of the most prestigious schools in North London.  Since then we have grown to 2 classes and I have become the Early Years Co-ordinator – ensuring that there is consistency and challenge in…

Carla Boffa

Class Teacher

I have worked at Clowns as a class teacher and team leader for 16 years. I am a qualified Montessori teacher and believe that children should be given every opportunity to reach their full potential in their own time and in their own unique way.

Siobhan McDade

Class Teacher

I joined Clowns in early 2009 to become a part of the Limetree team. After four successful years I became the teacher of the second Limetree class, Limetree Yellow. Over the past three years I have ensured my children are prepared and equipped for their 4+ assessments at some of the most prestigious schools in London. I…

Michelle Dixon

Class Teacher

I started at Clowns Nursery in 2008 and have a passion teaching in the Early Years. Having experience of working in both Elm and Limetree classes I have a strong knowledge of child development and the specific needs of children in the Manor House Pre-School. As joint class teacher in Elm I am passionate about…

Christopher Read

Class Teacher

Prior to starting at Clowns in September 2016, I spent five years teaching at an inner city school in East London. With three years’ experience in Reception and two years in Nursery I’ve always had a passion for the Early Years and helping to develop young children’s learning. As joint class teacher in Elm, I hope to instil…

Michelle Donaldson

Team Leader

I am a qualified nursery practitioner, and I am a team leader in Peach class. My role is to ensure that our room runs smoothly and to provide direction, instructions and guidance to my team. I am a role model and work as a team to ensure that the children are safe and happy. I…

Sharon Coope

Class Teacher

I am a qualified teacher with 20 years’ experience, both in the private and public sector. I have held Senior Leader positions and have led departments and schools in different countries such as Spain, Taiwan, USA and Russia. I have experience in teaching children from 2 to 12 years of age and have taught in…

Catriona O’Neill

Class Teacher

I am a highly experienced Early Years Teacher, having worked across the state and private sector and also having taught in an International school in Spain.  I believe that happy children learn and I strive to plan interesting and exciting lessons to ensure that the children in my class want to come to school.  I…

Shagufta Mushtaq

Team Leader

I joined Clowns Nursery/Manor House Pre-School in May 2016. I had the opportunity to work in Manor House in the mornings as a senior practitioner and in the afternoons in Cherry class. It was a wonderful learning opportunity working with two age bands: the start of a child’s first experience within Clowns in Cherry class…

Jade Doherty

Team Leader

I began working at Clowns in 2012. I started working in Peach Class as a nursery nurse, before becoming Second in Charge for 3 years. I have recently taken on the role of a Team Leader in Strawberry Class as of September 2017. I aim to continue to encourage all of the children to meet…

Giles Casswell

Music Teacher

I am the music teacher here at Clowns. I studied Jazz drumkit at university and play in various groups outside of teaching. For music lessons at Clowns I use a Guitar mostly, but also bring in other instruments such as Mandolin and Banjo. I run extra-curricular music clubs at Clowns teaching Piano, Ukulele and a…

Linda Smallman


I have been working at Clowns for just over 8 years now and really enjoy welcoming all our families, helping them to settle and the lovely chats I get to have with the children.

Elizabeth Adelagun

Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Adelagun

Heidi Mühlbauer

Accounts Administrator

I am the Accounts Administrator at Clowns. I have previously worked for Tracy Landy and am also an ex-Clowns parent.

Maria Kyriacou

Administration Team Secretary - currently on maternity leave

Fatih Guven

Head Chef

I graduated from culinary school, as a third-generation chef. I then worked in various AA-rosette restaurants and 5* hotels. I have 20 years of culinary expertise across Europe. I met with plant-based cooking in 2007 at the LifeCo in Istanbul and took the next step challenge. I decided to focus on raw, vegan, vegetarian cuisine since then. I moved to London in 2008…

Andre Bondo

Second Chef

I have worked for Clowns for 14 years. I’m the Second Chef and I help prepare lunch and special allergy diets. Before Clowns I worked in Switzerland as second chef in a 5 star hotel. I speak several languages including French, German, Italian and Portuguese.