In his speech, Richard will share the extraordinary story of how his community challenged convention and overturned the odds, to create a school driven by purpose, context and pragmatism; taking it from one of the worst in the UK to one of the most dynamic in the world. Richard will share his personal experiences as its Headteacher and the stories about the people and the community who drove the change, he will share the development of its vision and its implementation in to practice. He will explore what it really means to put students at the heart of the story and how you galvanize an entire community to transform life chances.  This uplifting presentation will demonstrate how you take a passion for change and realize it in process. 

About Richard

Innovator, educator, advisor to the UK Government and best-selling Author Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues, however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Gerver's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.

Gerver is one of the most celebrated speakers in the world. His insights into change, leadership and education are unique thanks to his own extraordinary journey, which has seen him go from being a struggling actor, copywriter and real-estate agent, to becoming an award winning school principal and now, best-selling author, award winning speaker and advisor to high performing corporate and sports organisations.

On leaving his 20 year career in education he has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to education and leadership by The University of Derby.

He has written three critically acclaimed best-selling books including the award winning Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today.  In his most recent book, Simple Thinking: How to Remove Complexity from Life and Work, Gerver shares simple behaviours that declutter obstacles and blockages to enable you to unlock your full potential.

He has advised governments and major corporations globally and has also worked with elite and professional sports organisations on self-leadership and change. He has also recently worked with the British Music Industry to help them develop a capacity for forward proactive and sustainable change.

His speeches are always passionate, provocative and humorous; thanks to his natural and honest style, which draws on his own experiences and meetings, to humanise often challenging and complex issues. He is passionate about people, their potential and the future.
Whatever sector Gerver works in, his principals remain the same: Organisations need to remember that systems and structures change nothing, people do and that to ensure that we get the best from those we work with, lead and serve, we must be committed to developing the communication, understanding and actions that lead to a culture of empowerment resulting in a long term demonstrable impact.