Leadership in Education Conference 2021 - Keynote Speaker: Richard Gerver

By One Education on 23 Mar 2021

Leadership in Education Conference 2021 - Keynote Speaker: Richard Gerver

Biography:

Richard Gerver is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker.

Richard began his career in education, most notably as headteacher of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, his community famously transformed the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround.

Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. He draws upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. His ability to connect experiences across many seemingly different environments helps people to expand their thinking and perception of potential. It is this authenticity and uniqueness which has helped Richard win him global acclaim and invitations to speak on the most recognised stages, including TED and the RSA.

The three core principles underpinning Richard's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact. He argues that great leadership is first and foremost about serving the needs of the people who work for you. His mantra: systems and structures change nothing; people do.

Having successfully transitioned from teacher to thought leader, Richard has had the opportunity to regularly advise governments and major corporations globally, including Google, Visa, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Harrods, Puig and Telefonica. His unique experience and insight into realising human potential also see him working in elite sport, with Olympic and Paralympic coaches, EPL Soccer coaches, England Golf and professional cricket teams. He has also worked with the British music industry to help develop a capacity for forward, proactive and sustainable change.

Richard is also a bestselling author. His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (now in its second edition), has become a seminal text around the world for those engaged in the transformation of education. His other books are explorations of human potential, leadership and success. In Change and Simple Thinking, Richard explores the world beyond school, through the eyes of an educator. Both have received critical and public success; both achieving global bestseller status. All his books have been translated into a multitude of languages including Spanish, Chinese and Korean. Richard's latest book, Education: A Manifesto for Change, explores how our school system can be made fit for purpose in our turbulent 21st-century world. 

Richard is currently President of the School Library Association, Chair of EMA Training and the University of Derby Alumni Board. He is on the advisory board at DevClever and sits on the board at Derby Theatre.

Most importantly, Richard is always humbled to be able to share his lifelong commitment to living, learning and laughing.  


Summary of Keynote: Leading in times of change and uncertainty

As we take stock of the global pandemic and what it has meant to us, our schools and our communities, Richard will explore the lessons we can learn about change.

He will explore why change has become increasingly challenging and how risk aversion can stifle individuals and organisations. He explores how to harness the power of creativity, curiosity and confidence in uncertain times and why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a programme or a strategy but an ever-present organic part of the 21st Century.


Follow Richard on Twitter: @richardgerver

Visit his website: www.richardgerver.com

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