Management Team

Name: Stratos Koulis      

Position: Operations Director

Start date: 6th January 1997      

Qualifications: HNC in childcare, First aid for childcarers.

Personal History: When we opened our first nursery at Lasswade I loved working in the Pre-School room. I am HNC qualified in child  care and education and put this to great use in my hands-on role in the early days. As the company expanded I took a  leadership and operational role; I feel it is important to give ownership to the nursery mangers but I am always available to support the nurseries and management team. My main areas are: maintaining standards and providing consistency throughout all nurseries in the company. I visit the nurseries and observe the staff/ child interaction, as well as noting health and hygiene, maintenance and improvement issues and lead the implementation of goals and plans for maintaining standards. To listen to the ’Better Place To Work’ feedback from employees to see what improvements can be made. We are always looking at feedback from our parent surveys and parent forums on how to improve the service and love when we can implement new ideas.

Hobbies: I’m passionate about playing tennis and enjoy spending time with friends and family.


Name: Lewissa Koulis   

Position: Finance Director

Start date: 6th January 1997

Qualifications: HNC in childcare, First aid for childcarers, Child protection management level 4, ROSPA Managing safely.

Personal History: When we launched Pinocchio's at Lasswade in January 1997 I had a wonderful time working in the baby room and I am HNC qualified in child care and education which gave me a great grounding and understanding of the venture we embarked on. As the company expanded, I took a leadership and operational role and now I support the management team, mainly in the areas of: accounts, forward planning for children's places, forward planning for staffing and over-seeing weekly schedules for strict staff/child ratios, updating nursery policies and procedure and health and safety risk assessments. I continue to keep up to date with training in first aid, child protection management level 4 and health and safety risk assessments. We are always looking at feedback from our service users on how to improve the service and love when we can implement new ideas.

Hobbies: Travel… Greece feels like a second home now, I travelled a lot as a child and got the bug… I love to plan our families' next adventure and explore different places around the world.