A pragmatic and systematic approach to school leadership; this will surely help me to perform better with my team

Femi Apata
(Trinity International College)

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Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:27

July 2015 Conference Trainers


George Hickman 

Former Professor of Education in Canada and Thailand

George A. Hickman is a native of Newfoundland, Canada and has been a teacher and principal at all levels of the Canadian Education System.

His experience includes senior level positions at school district levels, Professor of Education, University Vice-President for Human Resources, and Advisor to Presidents in South East Asia and Director of International Relations positions. He has directed Short Courses in Educational Leadership in Canada and elsewhere for some 15 years, and has taught undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral courses in Educational Administration and Leadership Studies.


Jackie Ranger 

Education Consultant, Principal.

Jackie is an effective educator and trainer with over 20 years experience in educational settings from primary through to higher education. She has been part of the development of many student leadership research projects and has led a number of pupil leadership programmes and activities across the UK and internationally, working with a range of education providers including Cambridge University and the University of the First Age. Jackie is currently Interim Vice Principal of a primary school in Oxford.

Adam Steels

Head of ICT, Ely City College.

Head of Department and speaker on learning through ICT, Adam has seen the college and its staff work well together while understanding the limitations and dangers the new technologies can invoke.

ICT skills are vital for young people today so the college makes them a priority, both within ICT classes and also across all academic subjects.

Andrew Thompson 

Lecturer, Hertfordshire University.

Andrew Thompson holds a MSc in Chemistry and is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Science Technology. Originally working in pharmaceutical research he later trained as a teacher. Roles in education have included classroom teacher, head of department and senior manager in maintained and independent schools, including an international study centre. He now runs a DfE funded gifted and talented network across a cluster of schools in Cambridgeshire alongside a programme focussing on primary science (year 6), raising both engagement and attainment in chemistry and science respectively. Alongside this he presents a wide range of CPD for a number of organisations across the UK and acts as both an adviser and inspector.

Colin Troy 

Education Consultant.

Colin Troy is an experienced educationalist with 30 years teaching experience, in a variety of settings including eight years as Head of Special Schools. He has been head of two residential special schools working with complex autism and challenging behaviour. He has also been head of a Specialist Further Education college working with 16-25 year olds with challenging needs.

He is now a consultant, trainer and lecturer specialising in pupils and students of all ages with additional educational needs, including Autism, Emotional and Behavioural needs and Specific Learning difficulties.

Monika von Oppell

Monika was born and educated in South Africa and worked in the predominantly High Schools for 25 years, teaching Environmental Science and Thinking. She obtained a Masters of Education in 1997 (cum laude) on Critical and Creative Thinking.  Thereafter she worked for the Edward De Bono Institute presenting workshops in South Africa and Australia and teaching thinking skills to mine workers at Impala Platinum mines and a Middleburg Colliery.

Monika was contracted by a private school in Brisbane to develop and implement a whole school Thinking Curriculum.  This was done over 5 years, researched and reported upon at various conferences. During this time she presented community workshops on Thinking and workshops on the teaching of thinking and the use of the thinking tools, to school Principals and Administrators in Australia.

In 2007 she was contracted to assist in the Education Reform in United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. It was here that she did PhD research on teacher beliefs and how these impact upon and influence teachers in their classroom practice particularly when mandated to change teaching paradigms due to education reform.

Charles Clarke

Keynote Speaker.

Charles Clarke is a British Labour Party politician, who joined the Cabinet in 2001 as Labour Party Chair, then Secretary of State for Education and Skills, and finally Home Secretary until May 2006.

After reading Mathematics and Economics at King’s College, Cambridge, UK, Mr Clarke was President of the National Union of Students and then a Labour councillor in Hackney before working for Neil Kinnock, the Leader of the Labour Party, as his Chief of Staff. He was Labour MP for Norwich South from 1997-2010.

Mr Clarke is married with two sons and holds Visiting Professorships at three British universities: the University of East Anglia, the University of Lancaster, and University College London.

Mr Clarke will deliver a key note centred on the theme "Teaching, Leading and Learning Forward"

Dr. Roni Ajao

DBA, MBA, M.Sc, M.Phil

Keynote Speaker.

Dr Ajao has worked for several UK government departments including the Department for Transport (DfT), the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the United Kingdom Identity and Passport Service (UKPIS), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Education (DfE), undertaking a variety of assignments. At the local government level she worked for the London Boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, and Hillingdon, Wycombe District Council and Kent County Council. 

Dr Ajao is an Adviser to the government and has worked on several key programmes both nationally and internationally, including projects for the United Nations (UN), the World Bank and the Department for International Development (DFID). 

Dr Ajao initially trained as a Land Surveyor and Town Planner before moving into Management Consultancy with a special interest in the public sector. Dr Ajao holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University (UK), an M.Phil. from University College London (UCL). She also holds a MBA from City University London with a M.Sc. in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC in Paris (France) and Oxford. Dr Ajao also holds a certificate in International Development and Global Change from the University of Cambridge (UK), a certificate in Management Research from Cranfield University Management School, a certificate in Leadership from Harvard University and an Advanced Management Programme qualification from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr Ajao is also an active researcher in Leadership and has recently been appointed as Africa’s Consultant for Executive Education at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Dr Ajao is the first black woman in the UK to hold a Triple Fellow and to achieve a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Durham Business School. She is Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.