2011 Milken Institute Summit
Group CEO, Busy Bees
John Woodward is group CEO and a founding member of Busy Bees, the U.K.'s largest child-care company. Unable to find quality child care, Woodward and his wife joined two other families to establish the company's first nursery. A schoolteacher specializing in children with behavioral difficulties, Woodward spearheaded the development of the nursery business and the subsequent child-care voucher business intended to help working parents make child care more affordable. Now backed by Knowledge Universe, Busy Bees operates more than120 child-care centers in the U.K. and employs nearly 5,000 staff members.