First and foremost, as a parent and educator, I passionately believe in the power of education to make the world a better place for adults and young people alike.
I have been a teacher and head teacher in some of the world's leading schools before specialising in international professional learning and development. This journey has enabled me to develop and lead one of the UK’s largest education professional learning and development services before founding the International Leadership Academy (ILA), The Hague. This physical and metaphorical centre is the CPD home for international schools across Europe as well as the performance, learning and development arm of the British School in the Netherlands, the largest British international school in Europe with over 800 staff. Overall, we work with around 2500 school staff every year.
I am the leader of WomenEd Europe and co-founder/leader of WomenEd Netherlands, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). I am author of the recently published ‘International Perspectives’ chapter of the Amazon number one bestseller ‘10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education’ book published by Sage (2019). I have also written for education publications such as TES, Schools Week, International Schools Magazine and Independent Schools Magazine.
My mission is to ensure we cultivate talent for education in all its guises that will afford future generations a quality global education. With staggering population growth, there has at no time been any greater a need than now for an outstanding education workforce, both in terms of its current supply and future pipeline. This is an urgent and pressing challenge for us all.
These are also exciting times as we rise to this challenge and strive to provide the very best education to ready our young people for bright and fulfilling futures. Opportunity abounds.