“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 four nations of the UK, on the Isle of Man and Jersey, and in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

In 2017 Tim was the guest speaker at a Harvard University seminar for executive leaders from South America on early childhood development. The event was hosted and organised by the Center on the Developing Child 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, Colombia, 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. He also gave talks in New Zealand in 2008, 2016 and 2017.

Tim has also gained a profile in Canada. He first visited in 2010, and in 2015 he undertook a nationwide 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 2017 he returned to Calgary to speak at the International Play Association international conference, and in 2018 he spoke at events in Quebec City, Montreal and Edmonton.

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 by Tim 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

Here is a link to a video of a 13-minute introductory talk on child-friendly places in London that Tim gave in 2012 at a meeting of the Urban Design Group.

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


27-29 September
Ottawa, Canada: talks at ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ Outdoor Play Summit

8-9 October
Uppsala, Sweden: keynote and workshop talk at conference on healthy urban childhoods

10 October
Uppsala, Sweden: talk at seminar on public space for children and youth hosted by SLU (details from Tim)

10-11 October
Örebro, Sweden: talks on risk and child-friendly urban planning (details from Tim)

6-8 November
Hangzhou, China: talk on child-friendly urban planning at ‘Ideal Town’ conference (details from Tim)

27-29 November
Bristol, England: keynote at international child-friendly cities conference

5 December
Birmingham, England: Keynote at Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents conference on play safety


29-30 April
Isle of Wight: workshops on risk (details to follow)

16 May
Aberdeen, Scotland: keynote on risk at Early Education play conference (details to follow)