Professor Margaret O’Brien is the Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit in UCL, Institute of Education. Previously she co-directed the Centre for Research on the Children and Families at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her research interests are on fatherhood and work-family policy; fathers, parenting and family support. Margaret seeks to understand how fathers and mothers can work and care together for the welfare of children and gender equality.
Dr Svetlana Speight is a Research Director at NatCen Social Research. Her research interests are in gender, fatherhood, and early childhood education and care. She currently leads on the Study of Early Education and Development funded by the Department for Education, which is a major evaluation of early years provision and its impacts in England.
Professor Sara Connolly is a Professor in Personnel Economics at the Norwich Business School, UEA. Her research interests are in gender and the labour market. She is currently a Co-Investigator in the ESRC funded What Works: Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme, which is a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Sheffield.
Eloise Poole is part of the Policy and Research Team at Arts Council England. She was previously a Senior Researcher at NatCen Social Research. Eloise has a long-standing interest in family and education policy.
Dr Matthew Aldrich is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of East Anglia, UK. His research interests include human capital, working hours patterns and the effects of policy interventions on the labour market. He is Associate Dean for Employability in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of East Anglia.