Bill Zuckerman Founder and CEO
He began his working life, in education, as an academic, focused on international relations. He worked with a variety of leading think tanks in the US, Germany and the UK. He holds an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and wrote his thesis on Richard Wagner and Anti-Semitism. He has published on German politics in International Affairs and the costs of aerospace manufacturing in Germany in Interavia.
He spent 17 years as a strategy consultant working with a number of leading firms, mostly for Fortune 500 clients in Europe, Asia and the US. He was a Global Client Consulting Partner with Ernst & Young (now EY) and, after EY were sold to Cap Gemini, he was looking for a nursery for his eldest daughter. In 2002 he established his own group of nurseries because he believed that existing nurseries did not provide the kind of care and educational stimulation he wanted for his own daughter.
Bill’s nurseries were initially funded through his own capital; he subsequently raised investment capital to expand. For his first group of nurseries he designed a new, innovative curriculum, working with leading child development and education specialists, and launched a number of features that have gradually become more widely adopted by other practitioners in early years education. As far as he is aware, he is still the only person to have organised 170 3 – 5 year olds composing and performing their own opera. His objective has always been to create nurseries that he, as a parent, would want his own children to attend.
He ran and grew his group to 9 nurseries in the space of 7 years. He sold his interest during 2012/13 after resigning over a difference of opinion on leadership and quality with non-executive directors he had brought in, and founded The Winchmore Hill Preschool.
Every member of Bill’s family holds at least two passports. His youngest daughter attended his nursery, his eldest missed out by a few months. His focus is his family and the early years education provided in his nurseries. In his spare time Bill’s passions are opera, Lieder, playing the piano and harpsichord, scuba diving, art, architecture, films, politics, cosmology and history. His favourite holidays have been to the most remote corners of the jungle, climbing pyramids and observing Orang Utans in their natural habitat.