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TMA UK and Christie & Co invite you to attend a webinar on the Health Care and Child Care and Education sectors. The Covid pandemic has placed the social care sector in the media spotlight with operators on the front line dealing with a huge range of operational challenges. Day nurseries and schools were mainly shut down with selective year groups able to return only briefly before the end of the school year, with the easing of lockdown. The disruption increased distress in the sector, particularly private schools with smaller facilities and those with a high proportion of overseas students.

The session will provide an overview on the issues and challenges brought about by the advent of the pandemic, examine where the sectors are now, focussing specifically on practical issues, market sentiment and associated considerations when assisting businesses which are experiencing operational and financial challenges, and look at prospects for the sectors in the year ahead.

Panellists will be Courteney Donaldson (Managing Director, Child Centric Services, Christie & Co) and Mike Hodges (Managing Director of Healthcare Consultancy, Christie & Co). Moderating will be Stephen Jacobs (Director, Bank Support & Business Recovery, Christie & Co).


Please note that the registration link will be emailed to delegates a few days prior to the event.

About the speaker/s

Courteney Donaldson

Courteney Donaldson is Managing Director – Childcare & Education, at business property specialists Christie & Co. Having joined Christie & Co in the late 1990s, she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2003, was invited to join Christie & Co’s corporate advisory team in 2006, and was subsequently appointed as a Director. During 2017, she was appointed to Christie & Co's Executive Committee.

Courteney has worked in the children's day nursery sector since 1999, providing valuation, transactional and consultative advice to operators, banks and investors. In one capacity or other, she has been involved in virtually every major UK day nursery portfolio transaction since 2006 and has been responsible for the establishment and growth of Christie & Co’s Childcare and Education team. She is frequently invited to speak at national conferences, and increasingly during recent years her role has expanded internationally as nursery in education groups have commenced their pursuits of global growth opportunities. Alongside Courteney’s role at Christie & Co, and as testament to her expertise, in 2011 she was invited to join the board of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) as a Co-Opted trustee.

Michael Hodges

Michael was appointed a Director of Christie & Co in 2005 and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 23 years experience within the healthcare sector, leading Christie & Co’s Healthcare Consultancy business and providing advice across a wide range of healthcare assets and businesses. Michael’s market knowledge spans elderly and specialist care, as well as hospitals, child centric and medical businesses in the UK and also Germany.

Michael acts for a client base consisting of operators, investors, lenders and sector stakeholders in a wide variety of advisory and transactional situations whilst also being responsible for the production of Christie & Co’s ground breaking research outputs in the social care, medical and early years childcare sectors. Over the years, Michael has developed particular expertise in business turnaround and recovery having spent 22 months as a seconded resource to the restructuring team in a major bank during the last recession. Michael sits on Christie & Co’s Management Board.

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