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Tim Gill

Title: Tim Gill, International Expert on Child Development
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference
Tim Gill

Tim Gill is a global advocate for children’s outdoor play and mobility, and an independent scholar, writer and consultant. He is the author of No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society (described in the New York Times as “a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play”) and Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities (due to be published by RIBA in 2021).

Tim’s consultancy clients include Argent, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Forestry Commission, Historic Royal Palaces, Mayor of London, Publica, National Trust, and numerous local authorities. He has spoken to audiences in over 20 countries across five continents. Tim has been a Design Council Built Environment Expert since 2007, and is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. 

In 2017 Tim was awarded a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to study child-friendly urban planning in Canada and Europe. He holds degrees from Oxford and London Universities, and an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University. 

Tim writes for the mainstream media, trade and academic publications, and appears regularly on radio and television. His website is