Graduating from Edinburgh with a BSc in podiatric medicine, Vanessa practiced biomechanics and paediatrics for the National Health Service in the North East of England. During this time, Vanessa studied for a PGCE and following her appointment as lecturer at Durham School of Podiatric Medicine moved in to an academic role teaching honours degree students in the field of human growth, development and paediatric disorders. Holding a strong desire to see personal and professional growth, Vanessa led a team of academics to write the first foundation degree for assistant practitioners in podiatry (UK).
After 15 years in Higher Education, Vanessa relocated with her family to Abu Dhabi, UAE where she retrained in Early Years education and management of Early Years settings. After five years in the UAE, Vanessa moved further East to be an active part in the changing educational landscape within China. The opportunity to afford children an inspiring and current early years education underpins her motivation whilst bringing teams of like-minded practitioners together to provide excellence in early years’ education forms the underpinning ethos of her work. Huili Nursery Shanghai holds shared values and vision at the very heart of its culture and this, to date is Vanessa’s greatest achievement.