Tim Gill

Writer & Enabler

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, and an effective advocate for change. His work focuses 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 also written for the Guardian, Independent and trade and academic publications, and appears regularly on radio and television.

Tim is an enabler with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and has advised political parties and thinktanks representing a broad spectrum of political opinion. He has carried out consultancies for major NGOs and public bodies including the Mayor of London, the Forestry Commission and the National Trust, and is advising the property developers Argent plc on Kings Cross Central. While Director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) Tim led the first ever Government-sponsored review of children’s play.

In 2009 Tim was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University. He also holds a degree in philosophy and psychology (from Oxford University) and a master’s degree in philosophy (from London University).