Speakers

The Right Hon. the Lord Blunkett, Member of the House of Lords and former MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. In various Labour governments he was Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary. As Education and Employment Secretary, he took a special interest in the transformational power of education to help improve life chances; he also introduced Citizenship and Civic Education as a distinct subject in the national curriculum.

Dr. Steve Bramall, P4C Manager at SAPERE, Owner of Steve Bramall Associates.

Dr. Laura D’Olimpio, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmhingham, author of Media and Moral Education: a philosophy of critical engagement, winner of the 2018 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Annual Book Award, co-founder and co-editor of Journal of Philosophy in Schools and Chairperson of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations.

Prof. Michael Hand, Professor of Philosophy of Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmhingham, editor of the IMPACT pamphlet series and the Bloomsbury Philosophy of Education book series, and author of A Theory of Moral Education, Philosophy in Schools and Is Religious Education Possible?.

Dr. Joshua Forstenzer, Faculty Fellow in the Social Sciences and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, author of Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy, co-Director of the Centre for Engaged Philosophy.

Prof. Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, regular broadcaster on TV and Radio, author of Plato’s Republic: A Ladybird Expert Book, Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation, and Judge of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.

Lizzy Lewis, Partnerships Manager at SAPERE, Partner at A-Level Philosophy, and former President and Secretary of ICPIC The International Council of Philosophical Enquiry with Children.

Grace Lockrobin, Founder and Lead Philosophy Practitioner at Thinking Space, SAPERE trainer, and co-editor of Philosophy and Community: Theories, Practices and Possibilities.

John Lloyd CBE, award-winning TV and radio producer and writer and philosophy enthusiast.  His huge output includes such classics as Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The News Quiz.

Magid Magid MEP, A Somali refugee who came to the U.K. aged five, entered local politics as a councillor and was elected to the post of Sheffield Lord Mayor last year – the youngest Lord Mayor in the history of the city and the first Green Party councillor to take on the role. During his time in office he campaigned for young people, as well as highlighting the positive contribution to society of immigrants and refugees, and the political importance of culture (including philosophy) in effecting change. The zoology graduate went on to be elected as one of the six Members of the European Parliament for the Yorkshire and Humber Region in May.

John Taylor, Assistant Head (Director of Learning, Teaching & Innovation) at Cranleigh SchoolPhilosophy in Education Project Director, and co-founder of the School Philosophy Certificate.

Emma Worley, President of SOPHIA (The European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children), Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Philosophy Foundation. Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London.

Peter Worley, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Philosophy Foundation, author of The If Machine, The If Odyssey, A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8-16-year-olds, and other books. Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London.