Professor Sir Albert Aynsley Green Kt.
Sir Al started his career in medicine in London subsequently developing his speciality of paediatric endocrinology through intensive training and research in hospitals both in Oxford and Switzerland. His academic career continued as a Clinical and then University Lecturer in Paediatrics and Fellow of Green College in Oxford.
During his tenure as Professor of Child Health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne he developed a deep interest in the circumstances of children in society, especially the influences of poverty and deprivation. He was then invited to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Institute of Child Health in London as Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Board level Executive Director for Clinical R&D.
Sir Al has been involved in the political arena of Children’s Services since 2000. He was appointed Chair of the NHS Taskforce for Children and then the first National Clinical Director for Children in government. He was appointed the first Children’s Commissioner for England in 2005, completing his five year term of office in 2010. In these roles he has been integral in influencing government policy and it’s translation into practice at the front line as well as raising public awareness of the circumstances and value of children and young people in society today.
His multifaceted career coupled with his hands – on experiences of clinical and education service delivery, give a unique perspective on the political and practical dimensions of developing, shaping and implementing government policy and professional practice for children and young people.
Sir Al is nationally and internationally recognised and respected as one of the most innovative authorities and inspirational experts on children’s services, child health and childhood today. Consequently he is in great demand to offer consultancy advice, and address conferences and other events around the world. From his substantial track record of achievement he is a gifted speaker and weaves together threads of science and the rigour of the academic approach for effective advocacy with aspects of the history of childhood.