Professor Dr Eva Lloyd OBE Eva is professor of Early Childhood in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London and Director of its International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC), which she co-founded in 2007 with Professor Helen Penn. Her research and academic publications focus on international early education and childcare policies, particularly for disadvantaged children. She has held honorary positions at the University of Cambridge and the Queen’s University Belfast and in 2017 spent a semester as Visiting Professor at the University of Muenster, Germany. Eva has wide experience of providing expert policy advice to national and international government departments. She co-authored a range of government commissioned studies and evaluations and is currently on the team evaluating the 30 hours free childcare policy’s implementation in England.