Meet The Team


Owner and Nursery Manager


Prior to Noahs Ark I spent 10 years in retail management. My first experience of Noah’s Ark was when my daughter attended over 12 years ago, and I loved it so much I decided I wanted to get more involved! During the first 5 years I worked as an assistant where I gained my NVQ Early Years qualification, then deputy for 2 years and manager for 4 years under a consistently Outstanding (Ofsted graded) setting and now joint owner! I love the rewards my work brings, working with the children, seeing them develop, learn and grow. I also enjoy managing our wonderful, dedicated team of staff who have collectively been working with us for over 45 years!

Deputy Manager


Hi, I am Tracey and I live in Harpenden, am married and have a son now at senior school. I qualified as an NNEB nursery nurse in 1995 and have worked in a variety of settings such as day nurseries and children's centres. I have been working for Noah's ark for the last 8 years. Working with children is very rewarding and every day is different! I enjoy seeing the children develop and become more confident.

Nursery Assistant


Hi – my name is Debbie and I having been working at Noah’s Ark since September 2015. I have recently qualified at Level 3 Diploma Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator). I enjoy working with a fantastic team of people who have a passion for childcare. I enjoy family life, cooking and going for long walks with the family dog.

Nursery Assistant

Sarah Austin

Hi, I’m Sarah and I live and work in Harpenden as a part-time Independent Speech and Language Therapist and Makaton tutor. I have 2 sons, both now at secondary school, and I’m mourning the fact that our family’s primary school days are over! I am delighted to be joining the Noah’s Ark team as a part time nursery assistant as I absolutely love working with and really getting to know young children. I love to support children to learn through play and to tune into children’s interests to help them grow in all aspects of their development. In my free time, I am mostly taxi service to my boys (!), but I also enjoy singing in a community choir, teaching Sunday school and playing tennis and other sports :-)

Owner and Nursery Manager


I qualified as a Radiographer, specialising in cancer treatment, in 1997 at The Cookridge Hospital in Leeds, then I worked at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London until I had our 2 children. When the youngest of our daughters left Noah's Ark, I realised how much I would miss the warm, friendly atmosphere and fantastic staff, so I started working here in 2012! I gained my CACHE Level 3 qualification in 2014 and became Deputy Manager in 2015. I am now extremely proud and excited to be co-owner and manager. I find working with children to be hugely rewarding, diverse and challenging. I enjoy helping them to grow in confidence and independence and to learn and develop in a fun and friendly environment. The bonds we form with children and their families are vital at this early stage and last a lifetime. The team, children, families and staff I work with on a daily basis make my job the best in the world.

Deputy Manager


I am Mum to three grown up children. I’ve worked in Early Years for 19 years, love being in the company of children and find it really rewarding to see the children progress.

Nursery Assistant

Sarah Budd

I am a mother of two teenage daughters. Prior to having my children, I worked many years within the marketing function of a multi-national company. As my girls grew up, I missed the early years interaction I enjoyed with them. Subsequently, I studied and qualified in childcare, gaining my Cache Level 3 Diploma. I find working with young children and playing a part in their early learning, both rewarding and satisfying, from caring and consoling to watching them develop, flourish and shine with confidence.

Nursery Assistant

Caroline (Bank Staff)

Hi I'm Caroline and I live in Harpenden. I joined Noah's Ark 9 years ago and gained my CACHE Level 3 qualification in 2014. Prior to joining Noah's Ark, I worked in a special needs school. I am a keen gardener and love the outdoors. I really enjoy working with children especially now that my own 3 are all grown up.