MITEY is run by the Fatherhood Institute.

Although the two projects are separate, MITEY has synergy with, and works closely with, the GenderEYE study, based at the University of Lancaster.

Project lead

image (2)Dr Jeremy Davies, Head of Communications at the Fatherhood Institute and Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded GenderEYE (Gender Diversification in Early Years Education) study. Jeremy was Deputy Chair of the Department for Education’s Gender Diversity Task and Finish Group (GDTFG), which ran from 2017-18, and is a member of the Fawcett Society’s Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood.


Steering group

Jeremy is supported by a steering group made up of:

IMGP7351.jpgDavid Wright, Owner of Paintpots Nurseries Southampton; Founder of Southampton Men in Early Years and of the Families First charity; and former Chair of the DfE GDTFG.


Jo WarinDr Jo Warin, Reader in Gender and Social Relationships in Education at the University of Lancaster Department of Educational Research, and Principal Investigator on the GenderEYE study.


photo H&SProfessor Averil Macdonald OBE, Emeritus Professor of Science Engagement at the University of Reading, former Regional Director of the HE STEM Programme and former Director and creator of resources for the WISE Campaign.


31743543_10157276490423998_1724770445581877248_nShaddai Tembo, Postgraduate Researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, Trustee for Early Education, Writer at Critical Early Years and former Director of the Bristol Men in Early Years Network.


Mark PhotoMark Deyzel, Early Years Consultant, former Chair of London Early Years Foundation Men in Childcare, former Nursery Manager of five nurseries, with a passion for action research.