Lisa Humby – Area Manager

Lisa is the Area Manager for Farley Nursery Schools. She has worked at Farley for over 11 years and started her Farley career as the supervisor of Top Conker in Farley (Salisbury).

After 2 years enjoying the challenges of Top Conker, Lisa was offered the position as Manager at Steeple Langford which had only been open for 9 months. Gary and Sue set Lisa the target to increase the number of children and staff, and of course she did! Steeple Langford increased to near capacity.

Then, 3 years later, Gary and Sue asked Lisa to take on the role of setting up and opening the new nursery at Sparsholt. Lisa absolutely thrived on this challenged, the nursery was full within the first year, and gained a large wating list and a great reputation and an Outstanding from Ofsted.

Lisa now spends her days at each of the nurseries, ensuring the smooth operating of each site and ensuring the Managers are kept on their toes!


Dan Smith

The Manager at Farley Salisbury is Dan Smith. Dan studied Early Years in London and was the Early Years Professional and Deputy Manager at Sparsholt. Dan is currently writing his dissertation towards an MA in Early Years. “I am passionate about the outdoors and all of the learning opportunities that nature can present to us. I really enjoy the open ended possibilities that the outdoors presents and seeing the children flourish and grow in confidence in the environment around them.


Jo Defty

Jo joined us in January 2013 and runs our office at Farley school. Jo has over 15 years’ experience in administration and management and has also, since having her own children, run an after-school arts club and become a sought after face painter! Watch this space for the next Farley festival with lots of little happy painted faces, courtesy of Jo.


Lizzy Hayter

Lizzy Hayter is the Room Supervisor of our Marigold and Merrygrove room. Lizzy joined the nursery in March 2015, following in the footsteps of her mum, Louise.  Lizzy has always loved nurturing the babies and became Room Supervisor of the under twos in August 2018. Lizzy was previously a one-to-one Teaching Assistant for SEN children in a local school had has a level 3 qualification in childcare and education. Lizzy says “I love the family vibe at Farley and our outdoor learning ethos.  Each day is completely different, unique and challenging which is why I really enjoy watching the children grown and develop.” Of the future, Lizzy says “I want to build the confidence of my team so that each person can reach their full potential.  When the team know they are appreciated and celebrated  there will be the most outstanding outcome for the child. I want to build on each child’s learning and progress and guide them through each milestone.”


Emily Colligan

Emily Colligan the is the Bee Garden Supervisor and Deputy Manager. Emily started working at Farley in July 2016, leaving her previous role as a lifeguard to fulfil her ambitions of a career in education. Emily was very determined and gained her level 3 qualification within 18 months, achieving Room Supervisor status soon after, in April 2018 and, Deputy Manager role in September 2019.  Emily says “I love it when the children arrive in Bee Garden, they are so little and it is wonderful, and a true privilege that I get to help them find their voice in the beautiful, natural, outdoor environment that Farley offers the children.” Emily goes on to say “I can’t wait for the challenge ahead, I want to continue to learn and develop my knowledge of Early Years education at the best nursery in the world – Farley Nursery School.  I have gone from saving lives to educating the future of our country, what could be more thrilling than that?”


Laura Brady

Laura Brady is the Top Conker Supervisor. Laura started at Farley in April 2018 and has a Degree in Dance; previously working as a dance teacher, as a Play Worker and within a Primary School. Laura worked very hard in order to complete her Level 3 in Early Years Education within a year and became Supervisor in September 2019. Laura Says “Everyday at Farley is different, and I love that the children are free to play, learn and explore in our beautiful outdoor area. Farley encourages children to become kind, confident and independent young people, who know their own minds. I love that I get to be a part of their development journey”. Of the future Laura says “I can’t wait to see what lies ahead of me at Farley and to help nurture the children to become the best version of themselves. I want to give them the best possible start in life and help prepare them for when they go off to School”.

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