“Tim has delivered a range of services that have been eloquently tailored to our local context with an informed eye and agile mind… Tim’s ability to adapt his message and delivery-style to connect with a diversity of audiences was regarded as a key strength.” Testimonial from Fraser Keegan, State Manager, Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Program, South Australia

Tim is in global demand as a public speaker and workshop leader. See below for a list of selected forthcoming events – contact Tim for more details, or to book him as a speaker or workshop leader.

Tim is equally at home with audiences of academics, policy makers, public and NGO sector leaders, planners, designers, service managers, corporate clients, educators, playworkers, childcare practitioners, environmentalists, campaigners, community groups and parents and carers.

Tim has given talks and run workshops across the UK, on the Isle of Man and Jersey, and in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

In 2017 Tim was the guest speaker at a seminar for executive leaders from South America on early childhood development. The event was hosted and organised by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Tim talking at Loeb House, Harvard University in 2017

Loeb House, Harvard University, March 2017

In 2016 Tim was an invited expert at a three-day seminar in Bogotá organised by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, linked to its Urban95 initiative.

Tim is a regular visitor to Australia, and made extended visits in 2008, 2011, 20122013 and 2016 (the first and last trips also taking in New Zealand).

Tim has also gained a profile in Canada. He first visited in 2010, and in 2015 he undertook a series of talks and workshops. In 2016 he was an invited guest of the Lawson Foundation at the inception meeting for its ambitious play strategy.

In 2015 Tim was invited to teach on a week-long residential course at Schumacher College, on the theme of the Rewilded Child.

Tim talking at Sir John Cass Primary School, London in June 2017

Sir John Cass Primary School, London, June 2017

Topics covered include:

  • Risk aversion and childhood
  • Taking a balanced approach to managing risk in children’s play and learning
  • Child-friendly urban planning and child-friendly communities
  • Reconnecting children with nature
  • Creating and sustaining playful spaces
  • Walking, cycling and children’s independent mobility
  • Why children’s play and free time matter

The Times Educational Supplement website has a video of a talk on risk and childhood Tim gave in 2007 at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). [Tim thinks his delivery has improved since then!]

Here is a visual note of a talk on risk Tim gave in North Wales on 25 March 2015. Thanks to Fran O’Hara for permission to reproduce this.

Risk visual note


Forthcoming talks and workshops

4 May
Seoul, South Korea: Keynote at UNICEF International Forum on Children’s Right to Play and Community

8 June
Lerwick, Shetland: talk at Play Convention [Facebook link]

12 June
Wandsworth, London: keynote at school outdoor learning conference

4 July
Wirral: talk on risk at primary schools health and safety conference

22 September
Istanbul: conference – details to follow

24-26 September
Vienna: Child in the City conference – details to follow

10 October
Ljubljana, Slovenia: keynote at ‘Children Live in the City’ conference – details to follow

25 October
Cardiff: keynote at Play Wales Spirit conference on play in public space