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Autumn Conference 2017 Speakers

Alison Garnham

Alison Garnham has been Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) since September 2010. Prior to this she was the CEO of Daycare Trust and was previously, for nine years, the Director of Policy, Research and Information at One Parent Families (now Gingerbread). In her early career, she worked for nearly ten years as a welfare rights adviser in Citizens Advice Bureaux and for women’s organisations and local voluntary sector organisations before, in 1989, joining CPAG (for the first time) where she co-authored a number of publications about the Child Support Act. She has subsequently written extensively about childcare, lone parenthood and child poverty. Before joining One Parent Families she was Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) where she has also been an Honorary Research Fellow. She was for nine years a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee.

Dr Angela Donkin

Dr Angela Donkin is Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot.  The team is known globally for its work on the Social Determinants of Health.   Ensuring a good start in life is a key focus of the unit's work, Angela has led projects to identify those factors that are important in early life and how to measure them.  The team also regularly publishes updates on early years progress and inequalities in attainment.

Prior to joining IHE Angela led two Independent reports for the UK Cabinet Office on Early Intervention for Graham Allen MP.  This has helped to raise the profile of the importance of the early Years and the potential economic and equity benefits of early intervention.

Angela has also led in Whitehall on other "Social Determinant" areas.  She led a Cross Departmental Health Work and Wellbeing unit, supporting the work of Dame Carol Black in improving working lives and helping people to stay in work and return to work promptly.

Jane Evans

Jane began her career with children and families over two decades ago working in pre-schools and as a childminder, family support and parenting worker, and as a foster carer. 

Jane combines her experience of working with families with complex needs with her knowledge of the latest neuroscience and attachment research.  She is a Parenting and Anxiety Coach and an acclaimed author of four books she has created  to support a range of complex needs early in a child’s development.

An internationally renowned speaker and TEDxBristol Speaker, Jane has delivered parenting talks for the Born Smart organisation in India, has been the keynote speaker for the Book Trust England and Book Trust Cymru, the Thrive Approach, National Day Nurseries Association, Looked After Children’s Service, and many others. Jane featured on Channel 5’s innovative series of ‘My Violent Child’ where she is seen working with families impacted by child to parent violence and has also appeared on ITV This Morning.  Jane has written a chapter on her work in child to parent abuse for Dr. Amanda Holt’s book, Working with Adolescent Violence and Abuse Towards Parents.  Jane also regularly contributes to items on, LBC, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 3 Counties and BBC Wiltshire and BBC Bristol Radio and Channel 5 News.