The speakers are as follows: (in programme order)


Liz Roberts, Editor of Nursery World

Nadhim Zahawi MP, minister for children and families

Nadhim Zahawi was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education on 9 January 2018 and was elected as Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon in May 2010. The minister’s responsibilities include: children’s social care including child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers, social work, local authority performance and family law; special educational needs including high needs funding; education policy in response to the race disparity audit; safeguarding in schools; disadvantaged pupils – including pupil premium and pupil premium plus; school sport, healthy pupils and school food, including free school meals; early years policy including inspection, regulation and literacy and numeracy; childcare policy, inspection and regulation; delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer; social mobility including opportunity areas; and DfE contribution to cross-government work to tackle rough sleeping.

Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation

Torsten is the Director of the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that combines analytical rigour with policy prescriptions to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. With a background in economic policy, his focuses include inequality, the labour market, tax and benefits, housing and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis and as a civil servant.

Denise Burke & Stephen Burke, United for All Ages

United for All Ages is a think-do tank and social enterprise that aims to create stronger communities and a stronger country by bringing older and younger people together in different ways. We provide consultancy services to a wide range of organisations – from councils to providers, charities to businesses – on the strategy, planning and implementation of inter-generational projects. These include co-located care and housing services for people of all ages. Our experience and clients range from central and local government to the NHS, housing and care providers to universities and grassroots community organisations. Stephen Burke and Denise Burke are recognised as pioneers and experts in inter-generational care and housing, based on some 60 years’ work with all ages.

Omair Haider, Millennium Care UK

Gill Jones, Ofsted early education deputy director

Gill Jones is Ofsted's Early Education Deputy Director. She was appointed a Senior HMI in January 2013, having joined Ofsted in 2007. She is a qualified teacher and has extensive leadership and management experience as a headteacher and local authority inspector. She was a Consultant Leader for the National College and led training for headteachers and school improvement partners.

Richard Gold, manager, consultant and Certified Facilitator in the LEGO® Serious Play® method

Jean-Emmanuel Rodocanachi, chief executive of Les Petits Chaperons Rouges

Carmel Grant, deputy director for technical implementation and delivery, the Institute for Apprenticeships

Helen Moylett, independent consultant, vice-president of Early Education, and co-author of Development Matters, who was centrally involved in developing the EYFS

Helen is an independent early years trainer, consultant and writer. She has been head teacher of an early years centre and a primary school, and an early years lecturer. While working for National Strategies she was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage and led the Every Child a Talker programme. She co-authored Development Matters with Nancy Stewart and has written and edited several early years books.