Chief Executive Officer

Leonor Stjepic 

Leonor joined Montessori St Nicholas as Chief Executive Officer in June 2018.

An award-winning charity entrepreneur, Leonor’s career has spanned both the private and charity sector. Since 2007, Leonor has been the CEO of RAFT – an award-winning medical research charity.

During her time at RAFT, the organisation became the first UK charity to create an Enterprise Investment Scheme company and the model is widely praised as a case study in how to de-risk social investment. Leonor is also the Chair of London Fire Brigade Enterprises and was previously CEO of Smart Matrix Ltd. In 2016, the ACQ5 Global Awards named her as ‘UK Gamechanger of the Year’ and a year later, Leonor was named as the ‘Most Innovative CEO in the Not-For-Profit Sector’ by Business Worldwide.

Speaking about her appointment, Leonor, said: ‘I am looking forward to working with the team at Montessori St Nicholas to increase the awareness of the values, and the value, of a Montessori early years education. 

‘Next year will be the 100th anniversary of Maria Montessori’s visit to London and we are planning a whole range of charitable activities that will allow Montessori St Nicholas to have further impact and bring about social change. It is an exciting time to be the new CEO of the organisation.’