Tim Gill


Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and an effective advocate for change. For over 15 years his writing, research, consultancy projects and other work has focused on children’s play and free time. Tim’s book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society was published in 2007.

Tim has advised political parties and thinktanks across the political spectrum. He is an enabler for CABE, the UK Government’s design champion for the built environment. His consultancy clients include the Forestry Commission, the Mayor of London, the National Trust and Play England.

Tim was Director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) from 1997 to 2004. In 2002 he was seconded to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to lead the first ever Government-sponsored review of children’s play. The review was chaired by Frank Dobson and shaped the Big Lottery Fund’s subsequent £155 million Children’s Play Initiative funding programme.