Curriculum Vitae:

1966-73 Westminster City School
1974-8 BA (Hons) German University of Southampton
1978-9 PGCE University of Southampton
1993 MA (Education) Open University

1973-4 Voluntary work in residential special school in Germany
1976-7 English Language Assistant Hamburg
1979-84 Teacher of MFL Hazelwick School, Crawley
1984-9 HoD, Head of 6th form Sondes Place School, Dorking
1989-1995 Senior Teacher/ Deputy Head St Martin’s School, Brentwood
1995-9 Headteacher Llantwit Major School, Vale of Glamorgan.
1999-2010 Headteacher St Cyres School, Penarth.
2010-2016 General Secretary,Association of School and College Leaders.

Brian was General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders from September 2010 - January 2016. During his tenure the membership of the Association increased from 15,000-18,500. He was President of the Association in 2007-8 during which time he chose ‘Leading Professionals’ as his theme for the year. Between 2012 and 2014 he led a second ‘Great Education Debate’ which attracted widespread interest and paved the way for the blueprint for a self improving system published by ASCL in 2015.

Brian is acknowledged as an authority on the English and Welsh education systems. As an invited speaker he regularly contributes to seminars and conferences on education, leadership and governance, has contributed to numerous publications and has frequently appeared in the media. Broad experience within the English and Welsh education systems has included extensive representation on UK and Welsh Assembly Government committees, being an external examiner and an Estyn inspector.

A profile from Schools Week can be found here.
He is a trustee of the E-ACT Multi Academy Trust and a Director of the Careers and Enterprise Company


Brian is on the board of the Careers and Enterprise Company, a company funded by government etc. which exists to help young people unleash their best possible futures by inspiring young people, informing independent choice and helping young people achieve even more. He has extensive expertise in this field having served on a UK government IAG strategy group, the National Careers Council, been Director of a Careers Company in Wales and member of a CBI steering committee for its ‘First Steps – raising ambition for Education’ initative.


School Improvement Partner Brian works with schools and multi academy trusts as School Improvement Partner visiting 5 times during each academic year and providing a constructive and appropriately challenging external view on aspects of the schools operation as well as acting as external adviser for the performance management of the headteacher/ MAT CEO


Brian is acting as a consultant and Associate to PiXL - the largest partnership network of schools in England and Wales with over 1500 schools working together to achieve the highest outcomes for students and to improve their life chances.
In his role as associate and area leader he regularly visits and supports a number of schools in the Midlands. He is a member of the PiXL 6 planning team and leads on PiXL Futures work to support schools and colleges as they develop their careers education and guidance provision.


Brian is also working with a number of other organisations to provide Leadership support and coaching for schools. He is an ambassador for Leadership Matters Various video clips and blogs by Brian can be viewed here