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Susannah Sloman is passionate about child development, play and the influence parents and carers can have on their child’s lived. In equal measures she is passionate about flexible working and balancing work and family life which led her to become the Director of Gymboree Play & Music in February 2010.

Gymboree Play & Music UK has 27 franchisees from as far south as Jersey in the Channel Islands to her most northerly branches in Scotland. Gymboree classes provide opportunities for new born babies through to 5 year olds the chance to play, develop and spend quality time with their parent or carer in beautiful branded Gymboree Play & Music centres filled with purpose built equipment. Her company holds membership of the Approved Franchise Association and EWIF.

Susannah holds a First Class Hons Degree in PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Tennis was her sport, although her biggest claim to fame is having ball girled for Steffi Graf back in the 80s!  Today she excels in driving her children to their sporting activities leaving little time to participate herself. She is a qualified IAIM Baby Massage Instructor and Makaton Signing for Babies Facilitator. Susannah was named International Franchisee of the Year in 2008 at the Gymboree Play & Music Global Conference in Hawaii.

Susannah lives on the West Coast of Guernsey with her husband Paul, their 3 boys, 2 cats and 2 black Labradors. She loves the outdoors and exploring Guernsey’s beautiful coastline. A keen runner, the tranquil lanes of the island provide her with varied training sessions with the odd half marathon thrown in to provide a challenge.

 

Supporting the EWIF Mission:

Gymboree Play & Music UK had been a member of EWIF since 2016, having been introduced to the organisation by an existing member. Whilst over 96% of Gymboree Play & Music franchisees are female, bucking the national trend of franchise ownership, the work that EWIF does in tackling the self-limiting beliefs that potential female entrepreneurs may have is vital and one that Gymboree Play & Music support whole heartedly. We also find it a great place for networking, learning and meeting varied individuals who can share experiences and contacts.