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I have worked as an independent consultant, writer and researcher for the last fifteen years. I completed my doctorate research at the University of Warwick in 2014, looking into the relationship between school leadership, trust, community engagement and educational outcomes in English secondary schools. I have written extensively about this. My latest book 'Leadership for Tomorrow' was published in November 2017 by Crown House.

My previous career experience includes:

Senior Adviser, Specialist Schools Trust

  • Led the development of national advisory services for schools involved at any stage in the Specialist School Initiative
  • Particular responsibility for supporting and developing the community role of specialist schools
  • Developed and managed programmes of international professional development for teachers (TIPD)
  • Managed large team of external consultants
LA inspector
  • Specialist in 14-19, youth work, family learning, adult learning, community education and extended community schools,
  • School improvement in primary, secondary and special phases
Also formerly
  • Deputy Chief Executive of Changemakers
  • OFSTED registered secondary inspector
  • School Improvement Partner
  • NPQH assessor
  • Advisor for Investors in People
  • Chair of secondary school governing body
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Member, BELMAS
Through my work in adult education, I am particularly interested in how lifelong learning is best fostered and encouraged. I was the first youth community tutor in Kent, pioneering approaches to the community involvement of young people and their active participation in decision-making processes, which has remained a key belief and focus. I am particularly skilled in helping schools and other organisations build coherent and consistent approaches to development planning using rigorous self-evaluation to support this and build their strategy.