Richard Gerver is a world-renowned expert on human leadership and organisational transformation. With years of experience as the headteacher of Grange Primary School – one of the most innovative schools in the country – Richard offers an exciting insight into the levels of human potential and coping with change in uncertain times.
Now a prominent expert in the industry, Richard has been named the UK Business Speaker of the Year at least three times, contributes courses to LinkedIn Learning, and has published several books on key themes to great acclaim.
From his years building up a failing school to working alongside Google and Microsoft, Richard has a rare ability to connect his experiences to each client. His speeches are informative, humorous and entertaining, with delegates inspired to expand their own thinking and increase their potential.
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Highly in demand, Richard Gerver has published a number of highly successful industry books, using some of the same research used in his speeches and courses. They draw on his own experience in education and reflect on the comparisons with business.
His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s School Today (2014), looks at how a good education can help children growing up in an increasingly complex and worrying world and how we can improve education to match the current environment. He followed this up with Simple Thinking (2016), which looks into the idea that in such a busy world, we often feel confused, angry and alone. This book helps to silence the unnecessary matter and focus on achieving your full potential.
In 2019, he published Education: A Manifesto for Change. The book – which included insights from leaders including Steve Wozniak and Barack Obama – aimed to inspire anyone involved in education to look at how the education system could be changed to better suit the 21st Century. It would chart in Amazon’s ‘Education Policy’ bestsellers list. He would then go on to write Change (2020), which looks at Richard’s own experience transforming a failing school into one of the most acclaimed schools in the world in just two years. He uses this to examine why we struggle with change so much and how we can embrace it in the workplace. This would chart in Amazon’s ‘Independent & Public Schools Education’ bestsellers list.
He has also contributed to or been featured in global publications, including The Sunday Morning Herald Australia, Management Today, The Guardian, La Verdad (Spain), El Economista (Spain), and Faro de Vigo (Spain).
Richard is now seen as one of the world’s leading thinkers on leadership transformation and has provided speeches for the likes of former US President Barack Obama and elite athletes, as well as for TED, the RSA and the BBC.
Change: Richard explores why we find change so exhausting and are prone to avoid it. He instead looks at how, as a culture, we can embrace change and open up more opportunities for individuals and organisations.
Simple Thinking: Based on his books Simple Thinking, Richard looks at what strategies individuals need in order to change their mindset and increase success levels.
Purpose: In order for organisations to succeed, they need to have a sense of purpose. Richard explores how improving skills, leadership, and communication can give you a sense of purpose.
Mental Toughness: In order to succeed as individuals and organisations, Richard believes you need to have the confidence to fail and to overcome your failures, using criticism to better yourself.
Alongside his keynote speeches, Richard provides bespoke courses for LinkedIn Learning’s online portal. Influenced by the research for his books, Richard’s courses have been used by thousands of delegates from around the world.
Smart Thinking: Overcoming Complexity: In this course, Richard provides proven tools to deal with industry complexity, how to feel more in control and how to build confidence to increase success.
Preparing to Lead: Developing Mental Toughness in Yourself: Richard brings his unique insights of elite sporting and reflects them into human leadership, focussing on resilience, confidence, mental attitude and self-efficacy.
He has appeared on several popular industry podcasts, including The Unstoppable Teen, Global Action Plan UK, Inspired Business, Habits of Leadership, Happiness Injection, Intersection Education, ARTCONNECTS, Art of Brilliance, and Inspiration 4 Teachers.
ACADE Spain, bett, BRC, British Council, Deloitte, EAIE, England Golf, Firefly, Gazprom, Google, Harrods, Henry Schein, Hospice UK, International Schools Association, London Business Forum, Microsoft, Ministry of Education, NSPCC, Ordnance Survey, Puig, Royal Academy of Arts, technicolor, TEDx, Telefonica, TUI, University of Derby, University of Stirling, UNOi, Vancouver School Board, Visa.
The event was a great success! Richard was one of the favourite speakers and the workshop went great. We are happy to have him with us and are hoping to collaborate again.
Richard was absolutely wonderful and positive comments have not stopped flooding in. He was a real crowd pleaser.
New Zealand Principals Federation Conference Committee
Richard was inspirational! He did an incredible job in presenting to 350 educators and engaging in conversations that motivated and challenged all participants.
St Joseph’s School, Melbourne
Richard was engaging, thought-provoking and dynamic. We would certainly recommend working with him again.
Creative Partnerships Tees Valley
Richard was truly sensational…everything went very smoothly and he received rave reviews from our delegates.
London Borough of Sutton and Merton
We were tremendously impressed with Richard’s evident passion, energy and originality.
British Council, Portugal
We know the day will have a real impact across our organisation and we genuinely believe that Richard’s message has launched a period of transformation that will see our students learning in an environment that truly prepares them for the challenges they face in the future.
We have received nothing but positive comments about Richard’s presentation. It chimed in perfectly with so many of the aim and aspirations of the organisation to move forward. Everyone has talked about how they left feeling energised and optimistic.
West Herts College
Enthusiastic and passionate, Richard also has the knowledge and experience to back his thoughts up.
Wokingham District Council
Richard’s presentation was fantastic and very well received – so much energy, passion and fresh thinking! Just what we wanted to inspire our staff and ourselves.
Everything went extremely smoothly. Richard captured the mood and exactly the right messages for the event.
Walsall Community Health
Everything was wonderful. Richard is one of the most inspiring, fascinating people I have ever met. Richard was able to motivate, inspire and to engage the students positively.
University of Teacher Education, Syria