Dr Chris Gerry has been both headteacher and executive headteacher of six secondary schools over the past 18 years. He has a reputation both in the UK and overseas for piloting innovative solutions to school design, the use of technology and personalisation. His radical approaches have been grounded in agile financial models and the application of business approaches to public sector institutions. Chris has developed the concept of large space or ‘plaza’ teaching in the UK and has overseen the building of three new schools based on this model.
His interest in psychology and its use in schools has fostered links with Yale University Psychology department whilst his ideas on the use of technology in education have led him to work for Microsoft on their global innovative schools program.
His interests are in developing schools that exemplify practice that are suitable for our world today.
Pedram Parasmand has worked in the area of personal and professional development for over 5 years and previously taught in South East London. He create environments that supports others develop their self-awareness and skills. He is interested in approaches that look at the whole person – not just what they are doing, but who they are being. His work is inspired amongst other things by Authentic Leadership, Design Thinking, behavioural science and mindfulness.
He is a founding trustee of Spark+Mettle, a charity which runs well-being and employability programmes for marginalised young adults. He is also a school Governor at Spa Special school in Southwark where he chairs the education committee. He is also a Fellow of the RSA and has been trained by CTI as a ‘co-active’ coach.
Previously, Pedram worked at Teach First where he designs and train others to deliver workshops and programmes in areas of self-awareness, mindset, and leadership. He is also the Programme Director for the Governor Impact Programme, put on the Teach First’s inaugural ‘Innovation weekend’ – an education ‘hackathon’; and organised international study visits for teachers. He hold a Masters in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London.
Chantel Ingarfield is an Ethnographer with a Masters degree in Anthropology from the university of Sussex and a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Portsmouth. Chantel has recently returned from a trip through South East Asia and Australia where she spent 9 months developing her research skills. This included increasing her behavioural and observation skills; and broaden her knowledge and understanding of different cultural backgrounds.
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