Sir John Timpson’s ‘Lightbulb Moments’


Sir John Timpson of the Timpson Foundation and former Chief Executive of the Timpson group of high street stores is visiting Bangor University to present the 2019 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 12th March 12.30 – 1.30 pm.

Sir John’s Lecture, hosted by Bangor University’s Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention at the School of Psychology, is open to the public and takes place in Neuadd Reichel Hall on the Ffriddoedd Site, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor.

Renowned for leading Timpsons’ creative approach to employee engagement and its innovative work helping ex-offenders; it is the UK’s most active employer of people from prison. In his family life, Sir John Timpson and his late wife were also foster parents. Timpson and his wife fostered children for 31 years, during which they fostered 90 children. Their contribution to fostering was recognised when John Timpson was awarded a knighthood in 2017 for Services to Business and Fostering.

It is his role as a foster carer which brings Sir John to Bangor.

Prof Judy Hutchings, who leads the Centre for Evidence Based early Intervention commented:

“I invited Sir John to talk with us as we are researching foster caring, with one PhD student and one Masters student working on fostering related projects.

Sir John is on record as having transferred what he learned from working with damaged and attachment disordered children into his management style for the Timpson shops.”

“He has written several books on attachment and parenting and some of them can be got for free in the Timpson shops.”

Timpson has over 2000 branches nationwide, including the Max Spielmann, Johnsons the Cleaners and Snappy Snaps brands. Locally, their Timpson Foundation also runs the popular Oystercatcher Restaurant in Rhosneigr, which trains, mentors and supports young people with no experience, providing employment, qualifications and a career path.

Anne Marie Jones was the first chair of the Children’s Early Intervention Trust, which seeks to fund any work to provide evidence informed interventions for children and families and is linked to the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention. The Centre is also holding its Annual Conference on Evidence-based Service Provision for Families and Schools in Bangor on April 2nd.



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