National Conference April 2021

Emotional Health and Relationships - Investing in our future
Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London
(29th April 2020 09:30 - 16:00)

Join us at our national conference examining the evidence for investing in emotional health and positive relationships at home and at school. We will bring together those researching and working with families and in education for a day of learning and networking.

Confirmed speakers
  • Prof Paul Burstow

    Mental Health Policy Birmingham

  • Dr John Coleman

    Psychologist with an interest in adolescence

  • Sam Butters

    Fair Education Alliance

  • Sally Hogg

    Parent Infant Foundation

  • Dr Catriona Jones

    University of Hull

  • Francis Murphy

    Gilbert Inglefield Academy

  • Dr Fran Wadephul

    University of Hull

You can expect a full day packed with interesting presentations & discussion. And the opportunity to network with others with an interest in emotional health for all. Click here to download the brief agenda.

Reasons to attend

how relationships at all stages of life can affect our emotional health and those around us. 


the vital role of research and evidence to drive and measure change.


an insight into how a whole school approach can be implemented and succeed.


with senior leaders and professionals to share best practice and guidance to enable everyone to be emotional healthy.


Speakers in more detail:

  • Prof Paul Burstow has a wide range of public policy and leadership experience.  He currently holds a number of non-executive leadership roles across the health and social care sector. As a part-time Professor of Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham, Paul Chaired the Mental Health Policy Commission and is working to promote the findings and recommendations of its report.

  • Sam Butters is the CEO of the Fair Education Alliance (FEA), a network of over 150 organisations working together to make education fairer for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She has twelve years of experience in strategy, business and organisational leadership and a passionate focus on education and social equity.

  • Dr John Coleman is a clinical and developmental psychologist. He was for many years the Director of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA), and he has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford University (2006-2015). He is the author of many books.

  • Sally Hogg is Head of Policy and Campaigning at the Parent-Infant Foundation, where she leads work to raise awareness of the importance of early relationships and to drive change at a local and national level. This includes coordinating the 1001 Days Movement and All-Party Parliamentary Group.

  • Dr Catriona Jones is a Registered Midwife (RM), and a Senior Lecturer in Maternal Mental Health in the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, based in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull. She has worked at the University since 2004 and holds an honorary contract with the local NHS Trust.

  • Dr Fran Wadephul is a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Hull in the UK. She is currently working on a number of research projects around maternal wellbeing, including the development of a comprehensive model of perinatal wellbeing.

  • Francis Murphy is Head Teacher at Gilbert Inglefield Academy, Bedfordshire. He has a passion for developing emotional health in schools and developing staff well-being. He has been the keynote speaker at conferences including, NHS Bradford, Hertfordshire Public Health and the Association of Educational Psychologists.

We are hosting this event at the Wellcome Collection, which is a museum and library displaying a mixture of medical artefacts and original artworks exploring "ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art". It offers contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, the Wellcome Library, a café and a shop.

  • Drinks, refreshments and lunch is included in the price of the ticket.

  • Explore the exhibitions (which are free) after the event, until 9pm.

  • All delegates get 10% off at the shop.


Units 2 & 3 Fenchurch Court, Bobby Fryer Close, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 6ZN

   01865 401800

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