Meet our Family

The people that make the magic possible

The only way to make early years education great every day is with great people. Our family is made up of people who truly enjoy their job and are committed to innovate constantly so that our children get the best start in their lives. Plus, they are highly qualified in their respective areas of expertise.

Central Team

Cennydd John
Founder & CEO

Cenn is the CEO and Founder of Hatching Dragons, fluent in Mandarin himself, he is passionate about providing bilingual learning opportunities to young children to help them better prepare for the future. He studied Chinese at Edinburgh University, before working in China for several years.

Li Jing
 Head of Training & Educational Content

Li Jing is one of the musical talents of the nursery, often creating and performing her own original songs. As a Qualified PGCE teacher from UCL, with an MA in Music and over 12 years of Early Years teaching experience, she is responsible for our Mandarin educational services, bilingual teacher training and engaging Online Preschool programme.

Karla Pech
Head of Brand & Marketing

Karla has worked in digital marketing for over 7 years, with a focus on marketing language education. A keen writer and self-described logophile, she aspires to write her own series of children’s books. From Mexico, she has found many similarities between the Chinese culture and her own.

Rowen Strachan
Community Manager

A graduate of Chinese at Edinburgh University, with experience living in both Tianjin and Shanghai, Rowen is passionate about all things Chinese culture. Now undertaking an MSc in Marketing, she is keen to share the joys of learning a second language. In her spare time, you can find her on a Judo mat.

Amira Quartsi
Operations Manager

Amira ensures that we all stay organised! She studied International Law before joining the education sector to work in HR and operations, where she has over 7 years of experience. Originally from Morocco and Algeria, and bilingual in Arabic and English, she knows the joys of multilingualism.

Jorge Garcialera
Head Chef

Born in the Basque Country, Jorge studied Hostelry and Tourism and had a business for school cafeterias, where he introduced ecologic meals, perfectly balanced for children’s nutrition.  He is passionate about nature and philosophy and finds a way to link it with his food. He loves cooking for children because they reflect pure originality and happiness.


Sunita Bagri
Nursery Manager

Sunita is our energetic and enthusiastic Manager at Westminster. Talented at yoga, she shares her knowledge with the children, helping them to develop their balance. She has a CACHE Level 3 qualification in childcare, a Level 4 in child psychology and over 20 years of experience in Early Years. She is the designated safeguarding officer and SENCO.

Jane Magnani
Deputy Nursery Manager

Jane ensures that the nursery is an engaging environment for children. She has worked in the Foundation Stage for over 10 years. Her qualifications include CACHE Level 3 in Children’s Care Development and Learning, Makaton, and Understanding and Supporting Children with Autism in the Early Years, making her a valuable asset to the team!

Sadia Begum
Third in Charge

Sadia first became interested in childcare when helping take care of her younger nieces and nephews. Her favourite part of working in early years is that you can’t help but smile and laugh with children. She is Level 3 Qualified, a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer. She is Paediatric First Aid trained and SEND Level 2.

Jui Jung
Nursery Assistant

Zoe’s favourite activities to do at the nursery are the festival-related ones, such as making sweet rice balls for the Chinese Lantern Festival. She is First Aid Essentials trained, with Level 2 Safeguarding, Level 2 Prevent Duty, FGM Level 2 and Fire Safety qualifications.

Diana Shen
Nursery Assistant

Diana has a diverse range of hobbies which she loves to share with the children. From painting, singing, dancing and crafting, she has many specialities to offer. She is First Aid trained, with Level 2 Safeguarding, Prevent Duty, FGM and Fire Safety.

Janice Li
Qualified Practitioner

Janice brings her positivity to work every day, stating that the best part about working with children is that you can be a role model to them. With an MA in Early Years Education, she is Paediatric First Aid trained and Safeguarding Level 2 qualified. Her favourite nursery rhyme is Old McDonald!

City of London

Fei Chang
Nursery Manager

Fei is an engaging practitioner that holds both a Bachelor and Masters qualification in Early Years and Educational Leadership. What she loves the most about Hatching Dragons is the family feel and the different cultures we celebrate. She is the Designated Safeguarding Officer for City.

Samiksha Jain
Deputy Nursery Manager

Sami loves to share her interest in science with children, encouraging them to explore and discover new things. For example, throwing sugar into water and observing its taste later. She has an MA in International Child Studies, is Pediatric first aid and Fire Safety trained and Level 2 Safeguarding qualified.

Iman Babi
Third in Charge

Passionate about Early Years, Iman has worked at Hatching Dragons for 5 years as she loves watching the children grow and learn new things every day, such as witnessing milestones. She is Level 3 Qualified, a Designated Safeguarding Lead, Paediatric First Aid and Fire Safety trained.

Na Blackall
Qualified Practitioner

Na is happiest when leading circle time and sharing a good book with the children, and she has been doing it at Hatching Dragons for 4 years. She is always ready to encourage and support them to learn new words in Mandarin. She is Level 4 Qualified, Paediatric First Aid trained, and has Safeguarding Level 2.

Mengfei Zhou
Nursery Practitioner

Mengfei is enthusiastic about creating activities that develop children’s Mandarin skills, such as games that help them to recognise Chinese characters, supporting children to improve their speaking ability every day. She has an MA in Early Years Education and Safeguarding Level 2. Her favourite colour is blue.

Gaelle Mulanga
Nursery Assistant

It is fitting that Gaelle’s favourite nursery rhyme is “You’re my sunshine”, lighting the nursery up herself with her bright energy. She believes the best part of working in Early Years is helping children to discover their own strengths. She is Paediatric First Aid Safeguarding Level 2 and Fire Safety trained.

Sophie Marchant
Qualified Practitioner

Creative and innovative, Sophie is responsible for developing our curriculum, teaching materials and lesson plans. She is a qualified PGCE teacher from UCL with over 11 years of Early Years teaching experience. Her favourite nursery rhyme is “Wind the Bobbin Up!”.

Jinlian Nie

Jinlian can be thanked for keeping us all in order, ensuring that the nursery is a clean and safe environment for everyone. She is Food and Hygiene Level 2 certified and Enhanced DBS Verified. Her favourite nursery rhyme is Baby Shark.

Canada Water

Caroline Tadros
Nursery Manager

Caroline is happiest when taking part in the children’s play and following their lead. Watching children reach their milestones is something that motivates her to carry on working hard. She is level 3 qualified, has been working in Early Years for 11 years.

Marta Luengo
Deputy Nursery Manager

Marta brings all of her experience to Canada Water, with a Degree in History and Heritage, and a level 3 qualification in Business and Management, and Challenging Behaviour. She is a big fan of Harry Potter and we know that she will bring her own magic to our nursery!

Riko Po
Qualified Chinese Practitioner

Riko thinks that children are our future and she puts all her energy and talent to help them grow and develop. She has a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education and has trained in Paediatric First Aid and Level 2 Safeguarding.