LM People

Looking for a coach, trainer or keynote presenter?

LM People gives LM members direct access to a group of great leadership professionals from within and beyond the education profession. This membership benefit involves no agency fee for us or for schools – it’s just a hassle-free way to make contact with people you know you can trust to deliver a great service. If there is someone you are interested in working with, feel free to make your own arrangements directly.

Alison Robb-Webb


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

I care deeply that my involvement with schools or individuals acts as a meaningful catalyst for change. To ensure you get the best out of your most finite resource – your time (you only ever have 1440 minutes in a day) – I invite you to share your concerns, issues and context so that through careful elicitation I fully understand your needs. Where I believe I can make a difference I will then work with you to tailor the brief to your circumstances and desired outcomes. An initial conversation should convey the knowledge, skills, evidence of impact and professionalism I will bring to any potential collaboration.   Specialist Area Executive/Leadership Coaching: Professionally qualified Executive Coach (ILM Level 7) and Accredited Practitioner EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council). MBTI accredited practitioner. Trained coach supervisor. Experienced facilitator and trainer: Bespoke training including coach training, leadership and team development, strategic change and governor workshops External Reviewer for School Improvement: Lead School Reviews and/or lead/support Peer School Reviews. Fully up to date knowledge and experience with the latest accountability measures.

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Natalie Packer


Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

I am an Independent Education Consultant supporting SEND and school improvement and am a passionate advocate for vulnerable children. I develop and deliver a wide range of continuing professional development, focusing on SEND leadership and inclusive high quality teaching and learning. I currently spend a significant amount of time supporting schools and MATs with SEND self-evaluation and continue to be involved in the Whole School SEND review process. I am an Associate Consultant for nasen, a consultant governor for a large 5-16 school in Dubai and Trustee of a fabulous primary MAT in the East Midlands. As an SEN expert for Optimus and The Key for School leaders, I regularly write online articles and am also the author of ‘The Perfect SENCO’ and ‘The Teacher’s Guide to SEN’ publications.   Specialist Area Strategic leadership of SEND SEND self-evaluation and review Outstanding teaching and learning (primary) Inclusive High Quality Teaching Assessment Self-evaluation of SEND SEND Governance

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Alistair Smith


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

I have unique experience of working in and across education and development. I’ve supported professional development programmes, conferences, in-service events and keynotes in Schools and Colleges in every Local Authority in the UK. I’ve done so on over 1,700 occasions and I’m still counting. I hope I do so with energy, originality and insight. Each piece of work I do is discussed, researched and prepared for in detail. No two contexts are ever the same. I would typically spend more time preparing than delivering. As a consequence I have formed professional relationships with schools, school leaders and teaching teams which have endured. In a number of instances for over twenty years! I get asked back!   Specialist Area Improving Learning and Teaching Leadership High performing organisations Improving schools through building and sustaining trust  

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Mal Krishnasamy


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

I believe passionately that in the right culture; students, teachers and schools thrive.My almost 20 years’ experience in education as a teacher, middle & senior leader then Senior Assistant Principal across a multi-academy trust, mean I’ve seen it all.  I‘m in a unique position of understanding the strengths of teachers, the pressures they are put under and the struggles between wanting to stay or leave the profession. I also understand the burdens senior leaders face when trying to marry school improvement needs, with national priorities whilst dealing with a funding crisis.  I set up MalCPD Education Consultancy & Coaching to share what I’ve learnt to support others along their education journey. I know and have seen how all teachers can develop and improve their practice with the right training, mentoring and coaching.  I truly believe, if the leaders of a school are skilled, confident and work together as a team, this will enable them to ensure all teachers are more effective, which will ultimately have an impact on student progress. Coaching creates an energising culture where teachers re-ignite or sky-rocket their enthusiasm for teaching, excellence and collaboration. I’ve introduced coaching cultures into very challenging schools with dramatic effects on morale, teacher development and students. I’ve supported middle and senior leaders to embed the practice so that it self-sustains.So, if you are looking to transform the culture of your school, to create more effective and high-quality teachers and leaders by revolutionising your professional development provision then, get in touch.   Specialist Area Leadership development Coaching in Schools ILM Recognised courses in coaching for school leaders SMSC

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Tricia Taylor


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

Tricia Taylor has been teaching and leading in schools in London and New York City for the past 22 years. Tricia founded TailoredPractice to pursue a passion to make mind, brain and education research more accessible to educators, young people and parents across the UK and abroad. As Director of TailoredPractice, Tricia partners with leadership at both secondary and primary levels to customise the right approach for each school to maximise the impact of teaching and learning and build a culture of perseverance and challenge. Her approach is strength-based, building on what educators already do effectively and helping them utilise new strategies for more impact. The process is collaborative and inclusive. Tricia is an avid researcher and exceptional facilitator, noted for her skill at transforming research into sustainable practice and building the capacity of others within the school to carry on the work independently. Other expertise includes: curriculum development and long term planning, effective teaming and relationship building, keynote addresses, diversity training and parent and youth workshops about mindset and memory. Tricia is an Associate Lecturer for English at Goldsmith’s University for the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). Tricia works internationally as a Lead Consultant and Advisor for PowerTools, an educational and corporate consultancy firm based in New York City. Previously, Tricia was director of a large creative arts faculty at an “Outstanding” London secondary school and beforehand a leader at a high school in Brooklyn, New York, where her work earned her the Leadership Award for Community Action. Tricia holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Journalism and a Master of Education. Tricia is also a fellow for the Royal Society of the Arts, where she coordinates the RSA Mindfulness Network. Tricia is currently writing a research-based practical book for implementing mind, brain and education research into schools, published by John Catt Educational. Specialist Area Mind, brain and education research, which includes research relating to effective learning strategies and instruction, memory, mindset and social-emotional learning Leadership development, professional development for teachers, curriculum development and long term planning, effective teaming and relationship building, tailored keynote addresses, diversity training and parent and youth workshops about mindset and memory.

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Amjad Ali


Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

If you would like an engaging, thought-provoking INSET/CPD delivered by a practising Senior Leader, Teacher and SENCO then I am your man. I work 4 days a week as an Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning along with Inclusion. I am a qualified SENCO and have a real depth of experience in Pupil Premium needs and funding. In my delivery I will always get attendees to reflect on their current practice, they will then receive tried and tested, low effort, high impact ideas from me, followed by a carefully designed way to allow attendees to learn from one another.   Specialist Area Teaching and Learning Inclusion- SEND & PP Behaviour Management

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Chris Moyse


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

An experienced and successful senior leader with a proven track record in school improvement and staff development; significant improvements to practice and results are achieved through his partnerships with schools, individuals, departments and leadership teams. His work is focused solely on school improvement and staff development; mainly based in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 although in his previous role as Head of Staff development in a 3-16 school he supported teachers in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 as well. His aim is to help schools, academies, colleges, organisations and teachers translate evidence-based and inspiring ideas about teaching and professional growth into effective practice by providing lively and interactive training and pragmatic and focused consultancy. Specialist Area Details Coaching Staff development and professional growth The quality of teaching How students learn Appraisal and performance management Behaviour management Middle leadership development

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Steve Margetts


Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

Steve is the Principal at Torquay Academy, and author of ‘Everyone Succeeds’. He has seen the school become heavily oversubscribed, and student GCSE outcomes rise from 28% 5ACEM to 74% in the three years from 2014-17. Systems and routines have been overhauled and the school has focused on improving the quality of its teachers. Steve, and the school’s leaders, have worked closely with Andy Buck during this time. He is able to offer an insight into how a school can improve rapidly and offer ideas that could be implemented quickly into schools.

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René Carayol


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

René’s focus is on inspirational leadership and high performing cultures, bound together with his compellinh ‘SPIKE’ philosophy founded on his own board level experience. He is one of the world’s leading business speakers and executive coach, working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEO’s and their executive teams, but he has also actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses. He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before. René draws much from his own unique experiences on the boards of some of the biggest international organisations; from Marks and Spencer and Pepsi, to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue. René has built his reputation on getting to know the culture of businesses better than they do themselves, and providing answers and solutions no matter how big or small the problems. René’s way of working is to start by understanding the environment, challenges and terrain of the role. By getting ‘under the skin’ of the leader (and understanding fully their vision and route map) René then works with their top team to help deliver the vision, strategy and culture in a cohesive manner. He is the best-selling author of the leadership and culture bible, ‘Corporate Voodoo’ and has had the privilege of working closely with some of the world’s best leaders; from former US President Bill Clinton to Sir Richard Branson. His latest book, SPIKE, is leading the ‘Strengths based Revolution’. Specialist Area Details Leadership, Business Transformation, Collaboration, Corporate Culture, Talent and HR, Innovation and Creativity

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Mary Myatt


Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

Mary Myatt is an education adviser, writer and speaker. She works in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes. She writes and speaks at conferences about leadership, curriculum and school improvement. Specialist Area Details Leadership, curriculum, assessment

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Nicholas McKie


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

Nicholas is the founder of Persyou Coaching and a US certified professional coach and Master Leadership Practitioner through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Nicholas is passionate about coaching inspiring leadership believing that effective coaching must be driven by you: your vision, your strengths and your priorities for development. Nicholas’s company, Persyou, specialises in optimising performance through creating awareness of significant strengths, challenging thinking and developing skills in order to realise potential. Specialist Area Details Leadership Coaching: 1-1 and team incorporating strengths assessments. Workshops: Fundamentals of coaching, leadership strengths and gaps and health and wellness in leadership. Appraisal: Developmental appraisal for Heads and senior leaders based around your significant strengths. Recruitment: Helping you attract and retain high quality talent.

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Richard Yeates


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

Richard Yeates is a highly experienced trainer and facilitator who has supported many educational professionals in their leadership skills. He works with head teachers, senior and middle leaders as well as aspiring leaders in both the maintained and independent sectors to develop their understanding of themselves, their organisational climates and the power of applying successful leadership behaviours. Richard co-founded Positively Leading who deliver a range of training and developmental workshops including two-day residential courses with 360 surveys to develop individual and team action plans, as well as shorter bespoke events such as ‘Your First 100 days’ and Handling Difficult Conversations’. Whole school climate surveys and other profiling tools are also employed to support improvement planning and the development of effective leadership teams. These workshops and training events have been highly acclaimed and received consistently impressive feedback and levels of satisfaction. Richard has worked closely with several schools undertaking mergers and helped to make these successful in highly challenging circumstances. He has a passion for developing people and as a Regional Director with United Learning he has worked with the full range of schools and academies on strategy and school improvement. As a head himself he helped Ashford School achieve Teaching School status and oversaw their successful merger; he has seen three of his deputies go onto be highly effective heads in their own right and above all enjoys inspiring others to achieve well beyond their expectations. Specialist Area Details Leadership Development & Workshops for individuals and teams School Mergers Strategic Planning and Development School Improvement Coaching & Mentoring

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Brian Lightman


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

My career in the English and Welsh education services spans nearly 40 years with all of the many different policies, initiatives etc. that have been and gone. Having finished with full time employment I now work as an education leadership specialist using my experience and knowledge to provide a wide range of consultancy services to schools. I have no interest in ‘weighing and measuring’ schools. There are enough people doing that. My interest is working with them in their professional quest to improve and develop further in the best interests of their students. Though the current challenges are well known there has never been any doubt in my mind that the opportunity to work in teaching and school leadership is a massive privilege and pleasure and am deeply positive about the quality of what I see in the large number of schools I visit. The very best school leaders know that there will always be more that can be done and that even a school that possesses every ‘badge’ under the sun will have areas of relative weakness. My role, as well as recognising, celebrating and sharing the successes is to engage in constructive, private and frank discussion about what is not working well and how those issues can be addressed. Specialist Area Details I am able to provide training, support, advice, mentoring and coaching, keynote speeches, workshops etc. on all aspects of school leadership and governance.

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Alex Bell


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

Alex Bell is a highly sought after and experienced school leadership coach. With a track record of leading outstanding schools himself and a client list of over 100 school leaders all over the UK and upward of 650 hours of coaching to date, Alex has a reputation for getting to the heart of school issues rapidly, coaching with a 97% approval rating and repeat bookings. Through www.portlandeducation.co.uk , Alex helps schools and school leaders be more effective by helping them think differently and do things differently. He helps schools and school leaders be brave, so they can face challenges honestly. Bold, so they can take the risks they need to take. And authentic because if it doesn’t feel right, the chances are it won’t work right. Alex’s work ensures school leaders and leadership teams think more clearly, communicate more honestly, and gives them tangible, practical steps to make the changes they want to make. They get to the heart of the important conversations and help make changes that stick. Making a braver, bolder and more authentic place for everyone to learn. Specialist Area Details Bespoke 1:1 Leadership Coaching for Senior and Middle Leaders. Group Coaching for emergent leaders Conference keynotes, workshops and chairing.

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Helen O’Donoghue


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

My core aim is to work with schools, particularly with school leadership with one very fundamental purpose and that is to improve learning for children and young people. I believe whole heartedly that schools can improve learning for children and young people and, through improving life chances give hope for the future. As these young people become older they can continue to be curious in the world around them and want to explore, be open to new ideas and make informed choices. We can only do this by helping schools improve learning and I believe my work with school leadership has allowed schools leaders to know more about their direct and indirect impact on learning and make more informed choices that allows them to influence others and lead a more leaderful school, so improving children and young peoples learning. For me, it is always good to keep the door open and be around others who are curious and want to work towards school improvement. I have been a school leader in three different settings, so have an appreciation and understanding of the complexities of school leadership. As a consultant I work with the school’s own setting and context, offering guidance and support as a “Critical Friend”. I work with schools on a bespoke basis to help them develop towards school improvement, through addressing their individual needs from their unique starting point, understanding their local context and setting. All the services, which I provide, are delivered with integrity and professionalism. High quality advice, guidance and support is shared on an ethical and trustworthy basis, based on experience in the field. I pride myself on six core values Confidentiality. I will always treat your context and narrative as confidential. I recognise the importance of trusted relationships in school if they are to be successful and if they are to improve. [I would put confidentiality towards / at the end] Integrity. I fundamentally believe my support should make a difference in the lives of educators, students, stakeholders in schools and will deliver a service that is honest and fair. Professionalism. From our first contact with you, I will provide a full and comprehensive professional service. All individuals at all levels will be treated with respect and integrity. Independent. I am Director of an independent company and so am able to give advice freely that is accurate and impartial. Internationally minded. I work with schools around the world and recognise the importance of an international mindset, honouring a school’s individual setting and recognising internationalism as part of our learning future. Communication. I believe communication is the cornerstone of our services to school, so will always communicate with you regularly, honestly and in a timely fashion Schools and school leaders who I have regularly worked with, have asked me to return to their setting to offer guidance support and coaching of themselves and their fellow senior leader and middle leaders. I am a PGCE University tutor and offer mentoring and coaching guidance and support for newly qualified teaching staff. Regarding training of staff, I have led whole staff training on a range of subject areas – metacognition, improving children’s inquiry, promoting questioning in the classroom, making schools and classrooms more learning focussed. Specialist Area Details I have worked with schools of all sizes and age ranges, from very small primary schools and all types of school from 3 – 18 years and with varying curricula. My work has tended to be with school leadership, offering coaching and mentoring to new leaders, aspiring leaders and those who need a critical and supporting friend. I can offer senior and middle leadership training and consultancy, offering a blended programme of learning over time, based on action research within your school, as well as identifying talent within their r own setting to promote a sustainable leadership structure. I can work with whole school staff, training and guiding on developing a learning ethos, developing metacognition within school and a “thinking” culture. I have worked with new school set ups and having opened two new schools myself,have an understanding and first hand knowledge of the complexities and challenges of opening a new school. I offer training on a range of subject areas, all based on the premise that they will improve children and student learning in the school. Most recently I have led training on promoting thinking in schools, improving questioning and enquiry in classrooms and creating a more learning focussed school.

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Simon Jackson


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer

As a serving Primary Head Teacher with seven years’ experience, I have secure and current understanding in a whole school leadership role. In this time, I have successfully gained significant knowledge and experience in Headship through a variety of key developments, just some of which are listed in My Track Record below. I like to support and encourage other leaders and am able to act in a training, mentoring or coaching role as required. I have significant primary class teaching experience, having taught throughout KS1 & 2 for fourteen years prior to becoming non class based. As such, I have can empathise with the pressures of class teaching as well as leadership at all levels. I have significant experience in whole school action planning, including devising systems and structures designed to achieve sustainable improvement. I keep up to date with the latest reading material around school leadership and update my training accordingly. On a personal level, I’m able to encourage a sense of optimism and resilience in other leaders and am happy to look for an opportunity to see the funnier aspects of a situation. I wish to inspire, help, encourage and reassure fellow leaders as they act in their current role. I also look forward to being inspired by both other leaders and the settings in which they serve. Specialist Area Details All aspects of Primary Headship, leadership development training, mentoring & coaching

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Mike Buchanan


Leadership Key Note

A recognised national leader, Mike is an executive and non-executive with experience of strategic management in complex organisations, audit and regulatory compliance frameworks, good governance, successful business and financial management, and positive leadership development including coaching for improved performance. Mike is currently writing a book called Positively Leading. Described by others as inspiring, calm, consistent, far-sighted, positive, engaging, authoritative, honest, creative, compassionate, determined, reflective, steely, impatient and self-critical, Mike is values-led and his ultimate purpose is to enable people of all backgrounds to flourish and to live joyous, fulfilled lives. Specialist Area Details Mike specialises in leadership development, training and coaching, school improvement, compliance and business development in independent and state schools.

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Naomi Ward


Leadership Coach

Education Connected is a Coaching Consultancy which believes that the school environment is enhanced from the integration of a coaching culture. We also believe that every teacher deserves a Coach. The Founder, Naomi Ward is an experienced Teacher, Education Leader and Coach; Emma Hackett is a Careers Coach specialising in working with parents and Nicky Chambers is a Careers and Confidence Coach who works with the Young Women’s Trust and The Diverse Leaders Network. Teachers are drawn to the profession by a love for working with young people and their subject. We understand the factors that can crowd out the original passion that teachers brought into their classrooms. Naomi and her associates work with you to support teachers to reconnect with what is important and take back control of their values, strengths and vision for their careers. Our coaching does not revolve around school targets or SMART goals. It is an integrated approach meaning that it acknowledges the whole person: their physical and mental health, their careers, their fears, family life and dreams for the future. We are not experts at solving problems for an individual, but we are experts at helping individuals and teams to find clarity in order to take control of their own lives in the present moment and the future. In addition, we are experienced trainers, and can help organisations to develop a sustainable coaching culture. As well as working with teachers, Education Connected has designed an innovative, personalised Careers Coaching Programme for students which aligns with the Gatsby Benchmarks. This has been developed in association with Careers Coaches from the Corporate sector and uses tested psychometric tools. At the heart of the programme is the conviction that the young person is in the driving seat. We ask them to courageously connect with who they are and what they want. We then use our knowledge of communications within the modern world of work to put planning into bold action. Specialist Area Details Confidence and Careers Coaching for Students Integrated Coaching for Teachers Coaching for Team Performance Training in a Coaching Framework for Teachers

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Viv Grant


Leadership Coach
Leadership Trainer
Leadership Key Note

Viv Grant is an Executive Coach, Author and Public Speaker. She is the Director of Integrity Coaching, London’s leading provider of coaching services for Head teachers and senior school leaders. Viv has been in the teaching profession for over thirty years. When she was just 31 and expecting her first child, she was appointed as one of the youngest Heads in the country to turn around a failing primary school. It was because of her experiences as a Head, that Viv developed a deep interest in approaches for supporting the emotional and psychological well-being of school leaders. As an Executive coach, Viv now works extensively with Head teachers and school leaders, helping them to overcome the challenges of their roles, so that they are able to maintain their humanity, joy, love for the profession and the communities they serve. Her book “Staying A Head” is considered a seminal work in this area. Recognised as an expert in the field, she has contributed to various books and periodicals on the subject. As an expert commentator, her contributions have also been featured in The Guardian, London Live, Sky News, Radio Four, Woman’s Hour and the World at One. Viv is also an Advisory Board member of the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds University Prior to setting up Integrity Coaching, Viv worked as a lead consultant on a range of leadership development programmes for the Institute of Education, the National College, the National Union of Teachers [NUT] and the Department for Education [DfE]. Specialist Area Details Coaching Headteachers Coaching Senior Leaders The inner work of School Leadership Well-being and Stress Management for School Leaders Vocation and Purpose in School Leadership BAME leadership development

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