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Laura Henry-Allain MBE

Laura Henry-Allain MBE is an award-winning producer, educationalist, keynote speaker and consultant. She is the creator of the well-loved characters JoJo and Gran Gran, which is based on the wonderful relationship that she had with her own grandmother. The series was developed and produced by BBC Studios Kids & Family, and she is the associate producer. She’s also executive producer on shows that are currently in development.

Laura is the vice-president of the British Association for Early Childhood Education and a consultant for several well-known brands as well as children’s media, television and publishing. Her bestselling children’s book, My Skin, Your Skin, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu, explores race and racism, and empowers children to be the best versions of themselves. Laura’s new book, My Family, Your Family, illustrated by Giovana Medeiros, enables children to talk about relatives, love and belonging.

Her voluntary work includes mentoring several young people and supporting the Grenfell Memorial Quilt team.

Laura began her career more than 35 years ago as an Early Years teacher and she has worked in the education, care and health sectors with children and their families, organisations and governments on a global level.

In 2021, Laura received an MBE for Services to Education as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Nursery World Awards.

Her “why” is to inspire families around the world so that they can develop loving, meaningful, and lasting relationships.

Laura is the mother of two grown-up sons, one of whom is autistic. This is why she is able to speak from the heart so passionately on all issues relating to children, young people and their families, irrespective of the role that she works in.

One of Laura’s key phrases is: ‘Keep on trying and keep on smiling!’

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