Curriculum Vitae:

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

Career
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.
Brian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Brian is a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust.


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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.


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He is a trustee of the PiXL Edge company which is a programme designed by serving school leaders to encourage schools to have a systematic practical plan to develop life attributes in young people within a validated qualification. The scheme focuses on five key attributes: leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication. Students set their own pace and record their progress using a specially designed online secure platform. Until now there has been no national framework drawing together and accrediting the huge range of valuable activities which students undertake alongside their academic activities


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Brian is a Patron of the National Citizen Service , a voluntary personal and social development programme for 16- and 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. More than 200000 15-17 year olds have already taken part in these programmes which are now to expand with government funding.

A video featuring Brian :



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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.
He is also a trustee of PiXL EDGE
PiXL Edge is a framework for secondary schools and sixth form providers to develop and accredit in students five personal attributes essential for employability and life:
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication


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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