Nuffield Project Advisory Board Members
Professor Kate Pickett
Kate is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, and the University’s Research Champion for Justice and Equality. Kate’s research focuses on the social determinants of health and health inequalities, with a particular interest in child development. Kate is a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust.
Tom is the Director of Evidence at the Early Intervention Foundation. He has 15 years of experience of public sector research and analysis roles. He previously worked in the Department for Education, where much of his work focused on the performance of disadvantaged children, and the role of education in improving social mobility. Tom has a BSc in genetics and an MA in bioethics, from the University of Sheffield.
Louisa is Head of Impact and Evaluation at the children’s communication charity I CAN. Louisa is a speech and language therapist experienced in developing innovative interventions to support young children with speech, language and communication needs, and their families. She leads on developing I CAN’s outcomes framework and evaluative approach across all its activities.
Laura joined the Sutton Trust in 1997 and worked with Sir Peter Lampl to establish the Trust. The Trust champions social mobility through programmes, research and policy influence with an interest that spans from birth through to access to university and the professions. Laura has had a variety of roles at the Trust and in recent years has led their Early Years work. This has included management of action research projects as well as commissioning high-impact research reports that uncover and promote solutions to the issues around disadvantage in the early years.
Catherine is Lecturer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of York. Her research interests are centred around self awareness and body perception particularly in relation to clinical disorders and underlying neural mechanisms.
Professor Karen Bloor
Karen is Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the University of York, and the University’s Research Champion for Health and Wellbeing. Her research covers a range of subjects relating to the financing and delivery of healthcare, including analysis of medical labour markets, medical practice variations, pharmaceutical markets and various aspects of healthcare reform.
Professor Christine Pascal, OBE
Chris is Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC). She has done extensive work at government level to support the development of Early Years policy, including serving as Early Years Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education. Chris is a patron of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), and Vice President of BAECE (Early Education).
Professor Tony Bertram
Tony is Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC). He is a member of the Ofsted National Advisory Committee, and has previously been a member of the QCA working party on Early Years qualifications. He is the Co-ordinating Editor of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) and Vice President of BAECE (Early Education).
Heather is a music practitioner specialising in early years, with a broad portfolio of teaching experience. She works for the Stornoway arts centre An Lanntair delivering creative activities to geographically isolated and disadvantaged families across the Outer Hebrides. Previously in York, she established Music at Heart, a leading provider of early years music for York Music Hub.