For the last thirty years Wendy has been exploring the unique qualities of human learning and development, with a particular emphasis on what gives us meaning and purpose. Her studies have taken her from being a specialist in the foundational importance of early learning, to examining early years policymaking, international perspectives, natural systems dynamics and the importance of family and community life for the creation of sustainable societies and cultures of lifelong learning.
She is a fellow of the RSA, was a contributor to the much acclaimed book 'Too Much, Too Soon', and was recognised by the think tank Demos as a leading thinker for her contribution to the publication 'Born Creative'. In 2016 she became one of the 'Hundred Woman of Spirit' acknowledged by the Brahma Kumaris as exceptional role models of living spiritual values through their life and work.
She has recently devoted her time to addressing a growing concern about societal values and wellbeing and the importance of safeguarding natural development in the early years. She was the founder of the Unique Child Network www.uniquechildnetwork.com and is the founder and Chief Executive of the Save Childhood Movement www.savechildhood.net. In 2013 the movement established the first National Children's Day UK www.nationalchildrensdayuk.com, with the aim of it becoming an annual celebration of childhood. It is also developing the concept for the bi-annual International Festival of Childhood.
in 2009 Wendy established highly successful asset-based community initiative in her home town in an attempt to re-create a 'village-like' community spirit within urban areas - www.cheltenhamconnect.co.uk.
What does fulfill us and produce sustainable states of wellbeing? How do we protect both children and adults from systems that undermine our inherent creativity and potential? How do we ensure that we can all feel valued and connected? Wendy's diverse projects explore the UK's current education system, the modern world's erosion of childhood and our shared need for meaningful relationship, community and contribution.
'It's less and less about what we do, but is
instead about who we are - what
makes each of us special, what excites
and inspires us, what gives us a sense of
meaning and purpose, what makes us feel that
we matter and that we belong...and what
nurtures us on our unique learning journeys'