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 8 years. He helps individuals and teams bring about a greater sense of fulfilment, purpose and balance to their lives and endeavours by amplifying their strengths and skills. He does this by designing learning experiences that incorporate Leadership Development and Relationship Systems Coaching.
He is a CTI trained Co-Active Leadership Coach and workshop leader, and currently training as an Organisation and Relationship Systems Coach with CRR. He draws on ideas from places such as neuroscience, positive psychology, mindfulness, Theory U and design thinking to create unique and engaging workshops and programmes.
Previously, he was a founding lecturer at Ada, The National College for Digital Skills where he ran Leadership and Resilience programmes. He also worked at Teach First where he designed and trained others to deliver Leadership Development experiences, workshops and programmes, as well as working as a Programme Director for various pilot programmes.
His previous non-executive roles include: Co-founding and serving six years as trustee of Spark+Mettle, an international youth development charity; and serving two terms as Governor at Spa Special School.
Pedram started his professional career as a teacher working as Head of Physics and Duke of Edinburgh awards leader for five years in South London. He holds a Masters degree 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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