Maddy Findon is a lecturer and researcher in education. She started her career in early years education during her teens, working for a variety of settings in Warwickshire and Bristol. She moved to Spain and qualified as a TESOL teacher, spending 6 years in the country. On her return to the UK, she obtained her first degree and qualified as an Early Years Professional while combining early years roles with teaching both English and Spanish to adults and children.
She moved into academia in 2011, teaching at the University of Warwick and going on to lead their MA Educational Leadership (Teach First) programme. She completed her PhD (on national approaches to early years education and creativity in young children) in 2015. She joined the University of Birmingham in September 2019, and currently works across the Educational Leadership masters programmes, including the Degree Apprenticeship, as well as supporting undergraduate and ITE programmes.
In recent years she has engaged in several research projects of varying scales focusing on learning experiences, inclusion and early years. She also co-convenes the Leadership in Early Years Education Research Interest Group for BELMAS.
She is currently External Examiner for the MA Educational Leadership at the University of Manchester.