About this Speaker
Alison Baum is the CEO and Founder of Best Beginnings. She registered the charity in 2007 as a catalyst for change to embrace the potential of the Early Years to improve outcomes and reduce child health inequalities. Best Beginnings is one of the eight Heads Together Charity Partners.
Alison is a natural convenor and connector. She is passionate about all that Best Beginnings does including working with other charities who share her passion for working collaboratively, from the evidence and innovatively to drive positive societal change.
Alison has pioneered the development of innovative resources including Best Beginnings’ multi-award-winning NHS approved Baby Buddy, to inform and empower parents of all backgrounds to maximise their children’s potential.
In 2017 Alison was awarded an OBE for her services to reducing inequalities in child health, in 2015 she won the Federation of Women Graduates “Woman of Democracy and prior to that, in 2014 she was awarded the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association “Advocate of the Year” Award. In the early days of the charity, back in 2008, Alison won the Sheila McKechnie Award for Campaigner of the Year in the category of Health and Social Care.
Before setting up Best Beginnings, Alison worked in the BBC Science department for almost ten years where she produced and directed science and health documentaries including Horizon. Alison has an MA from Oxford University in Pure and Applied Biology and a Distinction in her MSc from UCL in Neuroscience.