“Brian is a highly knowledgeable educationalist who has operated for many years at strategic national level in England and in Wales but who also understands the down-to-earth challenges and the real issues facing school leaders and teachers. He is passionate about making a difference for young people through education and is a leader of great integrity and authenticity”
Steve Munby, CEO, Education Development Trust
Brian’s expertise - and his sheer connectedness across the education world - have been invaluable. I have found his advice, insights and humanity immensely helpful, and amid a chaotic landscape I rely hugely on his principled outlook and guidance.
Geoff Barton Headteacher King Edward VI school, Bury St Edmunds
Brian has been one of the National Education Trust’s Leading Thinkers for a number of years, contributing to our programme of seminars and conferences. His wide ranging knowledge of the education world is second to none. Brian’s recognised ability to address audiences – in person and through his writing – marks him out as one of the most influential voices working with schools and policy makers today.
Roy Blatchford, Director, National Education Trust
Brian brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to all he does, based on his years as a successful headteacher and his more recent experience in leading my own professional association, ASCL. His passion for doing what is in pupils’ best interest shines through, whatever the circumstances or challenges. Whether it be in his public speaking, media appearances or blogs, his common-sense approach to situations reflects that wealth of experience and his strong personal values. I have no doubt Brian will put these attributes to work as he moves on to the next exciting phase of his career. All of us at Leadership Matters are excited to be working with him.
Andy Buck – Managing Director, Leadership Matters
Brian has acquired an immense breadth of experience during his 20+ years in school leadership. His thoughtful approach comes across in his speeches, in meetings, in his research work and in his writing. He has consistently been at the forefront of thinking about educational leadership in England and Wales, both in advising the governments on what policies would best promote the education of all young people and in advising schools on how to steer an optimum course in changing times
Sir John Dunford - Director John Dunford Consulting
I’ve always found Brian to have a firm grasp of the important educational issues, both the theoretical and the practical aspects. He is clear in representing his own and others’ views, and does so without fear or favour.
Andrew Hall Chief Executive AQA
Brian has spoken at numerous Teaching Leaders events on education policy and leadership. His knowledge of education policy and school leadership is second to none, and he is an engaging and thoughtful speaker who shares a passion for addressing inequality and developing the next generation of school leaders. Our middle leaders have always left inspired, informed and motivated after Brian’s sessions.
James Toop CEO Teaching Leaders