Laura Henry-Allain MBE

Writer
Speaker
Consultancy
TV Producer

"If you need an expert in Early Years education or sound parenting advice, I would recommend Laura Henry-Allain. She is extremely knowledgeable and is a truly inspiring individual.”

Saira Khan, TV presenter & motivational speaker

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My name is Laura Henry-Allain MBE. I am an award-winning international writer, motivational and keynote speaker and consultant. I am the creator of the well-loved characters JoJo and Gran Gran, which is based on the relationship that I had with my grandmother. The series was developed by CBeebies and I am the associate producer. I am also executive producer on a few shows that are currently in development.

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I am the vice-president of the British Association for Early Childhood Education and an educational consultant for several well-known brands as well as children's media, television and publishing.

My new 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.

I started my career more than 30 years ago as an Early Years teacher and have worked in the education, care and health sectors, with children and their families, organisations and governments on a global level.

I received an MBE in the New Year Honours list 2021, for services to education.

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

My skills and knowledge have been honed over the many years that I have worked within the education, health and social services sectors. I have performed a wide range of roles including managing nurseries, as an Ofsted inspector and teacher and curriculum manager within a large college, as well as serving on a number of national and international forums and working parties.

Find out about my up-and -coming Events and Appearances, plus some other events of interest

I have worked with

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“Laura has been an inspiring advocate of all we do at the Inspired Leaders Network for a number of years now.

We initiated a mentoring scheme at Lilian Baylis Technology School in Streatham, south London, and looked for volunteers to mentor the youngsters who were looking for a mentor.

It is vital when setting up a mentoring scheme that the initial mentors are fully committed and of a high standard. This will ensure the scheme is seen to be attractive and successful from the off.

Laura was our very first volunteer, and she set the bar extremely high for all to follow.

She is organised, always fully prepared, inspiring and determined. She has been an inspiration to her mentee, and to all our other mentors.

Laura has time for everyone and has shared her experience, drive and expertise freely with all she has come into contact with.

She is quite simply the best.”

René Carayol MBE, broadcaster & author

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My News

BAFTA award for Taiya Samuel, JoJo and Gran Gran

December 1, 2022
I am delighted to share that Taiya Samuel, who voices JoJo and Gran Gran, was named Young Performer of the …

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Michelle Obama – The Light We Carry

November 14, 2022
I’m delighted to be part of a forthcoming series hosted by Black Ballad to celebrate the release of Michelle Obama’s …

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No imagination without representation

November 3, 2022
Looking forward to this FREE panel event: No imagination without representation, in children’s books. With my esteemed colleagues, Dapo Adeola …

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