Who are our Academics, Researchers and Strategic Leads?

The Centre for Early Child Development is working with leading British and International academic institutions and position renowned centre of innovation and learning.

Our Academic associates, Researcher and Strategic Leads inform our work and keep us at the cutting edge of advances in early years services, research and development.

Academics Logo Grid


  • Alan Stein, Oxford University (United Kingdom)
  • Alison Hadley OBE, Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange (United Kingdom)
  • Ann Rowe, Anne Rowe Consulting (United Kingdom)
  • Chris Cuthbert, The Big Lottery Fund (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Alain Gregoire, Maternal Mental Health Alliance (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Ann Hoskins, Public Health England (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Beckie Laing,  PIP UK (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Cheryll Adams, Institute of Health Visiting (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Hilary Kennedy, University College London & AVIGUK (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Julia Seng - University of Michigan (United States of America)
  • Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor, Frameworks Institute, Washington DC (United States of America)
  • Dr Sinead Gormally, Glasgow University (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Warren Larkin, Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom)
  • Francine Bates, Lullaby Trust (United Kingdom)
  • Helen Martin, Glasgow University (United Kingdom)
  • Jean Gross, Speech and Language Specialist (United Kingdom)
  • Jo Maitland, Tavistock and Portman (United Kingdom)
  • Julie Taylor, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid, Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Professor Leon Feinstein, Office of the Children's Commissioner (United Kingdom)
  • Professor Mickey Sperlich, University at Buffalo (United States of America)
  • Professor Mitch Blair, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
  • Professor Pasco Fearon, University College London (United Kingdom)
  • Professor Sharon Dawes, Griffith University (United Kingdom)

Institutes, Universities & Research Organisations


  • Griffith University
  • Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne


  • Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
  • Palix Foundation
  • Research 4 Children


  • Pfalzkinikum

United Kingdom

  • Best Beginnings
  • Birmingham University
  • Early Intervention Foundation
  • Family Nurse Partnership National Unit
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute of Health Visiting
  • London Perinatal Mental Health Network
  • London School of Economics
  • Lullaby Trust
  • Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • National Childbirth Trust
  • National Literacy Trust
  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • Stefanou Foundation
  • Tavistock & Portman Trust
  • Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange
  • The Communications Trust (National)
    Communicate (Local)
  • University College London
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Worcester

United States of America

  • ACES Interface
  • Frameworks Institute, Washington DC
  • New York Academy of Science
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan

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