“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. He 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 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

Tim talking at Loeb House, Harvard University in 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.

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


15 June
London: talk at ‘Creating great places for happy, healthy kids’ conference organised by the Town and Country Planning Association

16 June
Goteborg: keynote at international conference on young children, public spaces and democracy

19/20 June
Rotterdam: talk at international seminar on urban planning and children organised by the European Network of Child-Friendly Cities.

27 June
London: ‘Free Range Childhood’ talk for parents and educators, Sir John Cass Primary School. Open to the public [flier – pdf]

3 July
Leeds: keynote at Leeds City Council event on making the city’s centre more child-friendly

13-16 Sept
Calgary: attending International Play Association conference (details of speaking engagements tbc)

17-19 Nov
Whangarei, New Zealand: presenting at Nature Education Network conference (details tbc)