Colin Coles BSc, MA, PhD. His background is in education: he was initially a school teacher and then a university lecturer. He was involved in the research and development of the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Southampton School of Medicine, and educational development within the Wessex Deanery for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. His research interests include the development of professional judgment, and curriculum development in Health Professions education. He is currently involved in health professions development projects in Ghana and Zambia.
Prof. Penelope Leach
Dr Penelope Leach is a developmental psychologist and world-renowned authority on child-care and early child development. Her many books include her 1974 Babyhood: Infant Development in the First Two Years (Penguin and A.A. Knopf), and her classic text Your Baby and Child, first appearing in 1977 (Dorling Kindersley, 2010). On both sides of the Atlantic, Penelope is best known for books and television programmes advocating accessible parent education, linked to a body of parallel child development research. She seeks to bridge the gulf separating professionals and parents, and advocacy for both children and parents is a central aspect of all her work.
A Fellow of the British Psychological Society, former Chair of the Child Development Society and founder-member of the Association for Infant Mental Health, Penelope has worked in various capacities for parents’ organisations concerned with pre-school education, day-care and ante-natal education, such as the Pre-School Parents Association and the National Childminding Association; and with key organisations concerned with children’s rights, including the NSPCC and its sister organisations in Ireland, the USA and Canada, and the Children’s Rights Development Unit. Her current research focus is contemporary infant neuroscience, and her next book will look at divorce from children’s point of view.
Prof. Johnny Lyon-Maris
Dr Johnny Lyon-Maris BSc MBBS MMEd FRCP MRCGP is a General Practitioner and trainer in the New Forest. He works for the Wessex Deanery as the Associate Director of GP Education for Southampton, South West Hampshire and the Channel Islands. He is Director of Primary Care Education Research at the Wessex Deanery and chairs the Education Faculty Development Group. His areas of research interest include: the systems and processes that UK Deaneries apply when reaccrediting a GP trainer; actors simulating trainee doctors for GP trainer; and appraiser development and integrated training programmes for GPs. He is currently involved with research commissioned by the General Medical Council regarding the processes and regulations that Deaneries apply when GPs become GP trainers.