Our speakers

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If you’re looking for someone to speak on issues related to the welfare of children’s and young people – then you’ve come to the right place.

Our experts regularly speak at both large and small events at a regional and national level addressing audiences as diverse as: MPs, commissioners of children’s services, social workers, councillors, academics, the media, business leaders from commercial and third sector organisations; dioceses, parishes and local communities.

Since January 2014 we’ve had speakers at:

  • Capita Conference on Missing and Runaway Children
  • The House Conference on Children and Young People's Health Outcomes

Our speakers cover a range of subjects from children in poverty to free schools meals, from child sexual exploitation to runaways, from teens at risk to charity management. For more in-depth information, please see our list of current speakers below.

For a full list of our upcoming speaking appreances, go to the Our events page.

Contact us

To book one of our senior spokespeople to speak at national and major regional events. The team can be contacted by emailing Paula Wallace at speakers-bureau@childrenssociety.org.uk.

Our supporter action team can help find community fundraising staff and volunteer speakers for local events organised by parishes, schools or other organisations. The team can be contacted on 0845 300 1128.

Our church partnership team can help find speakers for national or diocesan events organised by the Church of England. The team can be contacted on church-partnership@childsoc.org.uk

Volunteer to speak for us

Do you enjoy giving talks and presentations? If so, you may want to consider becoming a speaker for The Children’s Society. Each of our volunteer speakers plays a highly valued role in raising awareness and support for our work.

 

Our current speakers

Chief Executive Matthew ReedMatthew ReedChief Executive

Areas of expertise:
• All aspects of the work of The Children’s Society

 

 

Dr Sam RoystonDr Sam Royston is the Poverty and Early Years Policy Adviser at The Children's Society.

Areas of expertise:
• Child poverty
• Welfare Reform (particularly Universal Credit) 
• Sure Start Children’s Centres
• Fair and Square free school meals campaign

Ilona Pinter - Policy AdvisorIlona Pinter is the Policy Advisor for Young Refugees and Migrants at The Children's Society
Areas of expertise
  •  Refugees and asylum seekers
  •  Migrants
  •  Trafficking
  •  Roma children
  •  Children’s rights

 

Simon Cottingham, Programme Manager, Birmingham and the Black CountrySimon Cottingham is Programme Manager for The Children's Society Safe in the City, Birmingham.
Areas of expertise:
• Runaways • Restorative justice
• Advocacy • Youth work • Volunteering
• Sexual exploitation and child trafficking • Safeguarding
• Voluntary Sector and strategic engagement

Richard Haigh, Programme Manager at The Children's Soceity SCARPA Programme, NewcastleRichard Haigh is Programme Manager at The Children's Soceity SCARPA Programme, Newcastle.
Areas of expertise:
• Runways
• Vulnerable adolescents

Jenny FrankJenny Frank is Programme Manager of The Children’s Society Include Programme, which is home to the National Young Carers Initiative.
Area of expertise:
• Youth Carers, whole family approach (working in families with complex health need)

Helen Leadbitter, Acting Programme Manager, Family Inclusion ProjectHelen Leadbitter is Senior Project Worker at The Children's Society Include Programme.
Areas of expertise
:
• Young carers
• Refugee and asylum-seeking families
• Families affected by HIV in the UK

Jim DavisJim Davis has worked for The Children’s Society for 29 years in community work, youth work and social work.
Areas of expertise
:
• The Good Childhood® Inquiry
• Children in rural communities
• Travellers and nomads

 

Joanna Manning, Programme Manager at The Children's Society, NottinghamJoanna Manning is the Programme Manager at The Children's Society, Nottingham.
Areas of expertise:
• Parental substance misuse and its impact upon children and families (Hidden Harm) • Whole Family Working
• Promoting needs and rights of children affected by their parents substance misuse • Promoting children’s voices and experiences
• Young Carers and families affected by parental substance misuse

     

Ruby ThomasRuby Thomas is Head of Safeguarding at The Children's Society.

Areas of expertise:
• Child protection
• Safeguarding (particularly Universal Credit) 

Rhyannon Burman-DayRhyannon Burman-Day is the Regional Fundraising Manager (South)

Areas of expertise

  •  Volunteering
  •  Fundraising
  •  The work of The Children’s Society

 

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