Project Partners

The Following Young Fathers Further study is supported by academic and non-academic advisers and partners. Named representatives from these organisations are active members of the advisory board for the study. Their contact details are provided below.

Strand One

Leeds City Council

Led by John May, Re-integration Officer with Leeds City Council. John is well known locally and nationally for his role in advocating on behalf of young fathers and disseminating good practice. He has worked with organisations such as the Fatherhood Institute and Young People in Focus and recently worked alongside agencies in Leeds to develop and deliver the Father Inclusive charter mark.

Contact: John May

Strand Two

Strand Two establishes new and exciting multi-agency partnerships in the UK. These organisations are playing an essential role in supporting the study, as well as helping to establish the ‘Young Dads Collective’ in Grimsby.


The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Bernadette Taylor is the Development and Impact manager for Together for Childhood, Grimsby which is bringing families and local partners together to prevent child abuse and neglect, to make communities safer places for children.

Contact: Bernadette Taylor

With thanks to Dr Karen Bateson who was the original partner at NSPCC to support the development of this project.

Coram Family and Childcare

Coram Family and Childcare is a leading national charity in the field of policy, research and advocacy on childcare and family issues, with over 40 years’ experience. The Young Dads Collective, managed by Richard Desjardins, is one of its key programmes.


YMCA Humber

YMCA Humber has been part of the community in Grimsby since 1882. Its core services include supported accommodation for over 100 people every night, a range of youth and community services and mental health support within the community. Through its strong partnerships with other local agencies and institutions, YMCA Humber supports young people into education, employment and/or training and helps them with health, substance and financial issues. The organisations remains at the heart of an inclusive community of people of all ages, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

Contact: Gary Fenwick

North East Lincolnshire City Council

North East Lincolnshire Council has committed to changing its early help offer to children and families and to developing integrated working and a partnership approach to delivering evidence-based practice. They have formed an alliance with the NSPCC around the Together for Childhood programme which will enable the local partnership to focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Contact: Matt Clayton

Strand Three

Strand Three is supported by our academic partners in Sweden. They are:

Prof. Thomas Johannson

Thomas is Professor of Education, at the University of Göteborg, Sweden. He has published extensively and on a wide range of topics in the field of gender studies, including on the sociology of sport and fitness (with Jesper Andreasson), youth transitions and fatherhood.

Thomas’ Staff Website

Dr Jesper Andreasson

Jesper has written mainly in the field of gender studies, the sociology of sport and gym/fitness culture. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of Ethnography and Education, Journal of Men’s studies, Journal of Sport, Education and Society, and SAGE Open.

Jesper’s Staff Website

Additional strand to research COVID-19

From May 2020, Dr Michael Richardson, Newcastle University and the North East Young Dads and Lads organisation have agreed to become project partners as we research the impacts of COVID-19 on young dads in the North East.

Academic advisory board

An academic advisory group for the project will meet annually to discuss the project direction. Information and contact details of the key individuals and organisations that will contribute to this group are listed below.

Core advisory members

Emeritus Prof. Bren Neale. Director of Following Young Fathers and Timescapes, University of Leeds.

Alison Hadley OBE, Director of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange,,

Dr Kahryn Hughes, Associate Professor in Sociology/Director of the Timescapes Archive, University of Leeds,

Dr Ruth Patrick, Lecturer in Social Policy & Social Work, University of York.

Dr Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln,

Affiliated Organisations and network

Future Men
Contact: Owen Thomas

Caring Dads, Leeds
Contact: Matt Tattersly
Twitter: @CaringDadsLeeds

If you are a national organisation providing support for, or working with, young fathers in the UK, we would like to invite you to become a member of our research network. Please get in touch by visiting our Contact page if you would like to sign up for updates and/or be recognised as a project affiliate.