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Leadership: It’s Child’s Play

Passionate about people; about communication, empowerment & impact.

Exclusive in Australia, New Zealand and the United States

Richard Gerver came to prominence when, as a headteacher, he turned around a failing school in the UK in under two years, winning plaudits around the world. He was once described in the UK National Press as ‘The Walt Disney of The Classroom.’

His work has been featured in his own books and multiple works by Sir Ken Robinson, who said of him, "Richard Gerver is one of the clearest and most passionate voices for radical change in education and business... In his compelling presentations and books, he now takes his powerful message of hope and possibility to educators, policymakers and business leaders around the world. It's a message that has to be heard."

It also led to him winning many awards from the likes of the UK Government and UNESCO.
In 2008, partly because of the demands on his time to share his expertise, not only within the education community but with diverse organisations around the world, who were struggling with the uncertainty and change caused partly by the global financial crisis, Richard left education to work as a professional speaker and author. Over the last decade and a half, he has transcended his first career and become widely regarded, through his experiences, writing and speaking, as one of the most influential experts on change and human leadership in the world.

His story and insights are unique; there are no other speakers in the world who had a career as a primary school teacher and translated that knowledge and experience so powerfully as to have spoken on the largest stages and for some of the world’s most influential organisations.

Over that time, he has worked with iconic organisations and people from Google and Microsoft to Deloitte and Visa, from Sport England to GSK. He has worked with and interviewed Barack Obama, The Dalai Lama, Steve Wozniak and Eric Schmidt.

He has spoken to global audiences in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, Russia, The UAE, Mexico, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Spain.

Talking Points


Why does change feel so exhausting and why do we resist it? How can we nurture and develop an organisational culture which embraces change and encourages collaboration? In this session, Richard examines the challenges associated with change and how risk aversion can stifle individuals and organisations.

Simple Thinking

In Simple Thinking Richard brings his pragmatic, insightful and people-centric approach to success; what it is and how we can achieve it. He offers the strategies, and tools, individuals need to succeed both individually and as part of an organisation. Based on the research in his book, Simple Thinking, Richard will share with participants the mindsets, behaviours and attributes needed to aim higher and achieve more.


What do people and organisations that have enjoyed sustained success have in common? A sense of purpose. In this session, Richard explores how communication, skills development, leadership, and empowerment must be developed and nurtured to encourage a genuine sense of purpose.

Mental Toughness

Using his unique insights into human development, Richard has translated his work and experience from schools to high performing corporate environments where the ability to risk, learn and develop are vital. Richard argues that it is often the most naturally gifted individuals who struggle with resilience, and that having the confidence to fail and overcome adversity is critical if we are to get the best out of ourselves and our people.
This man is a genius. An excellent new way of thinking. Very thought provoking, an oppurtunity to challenge the status quo. Harrods

Richard was very thought provoking and left people really thinking.


Through his natural charm, passion for education and profound insight, he managed to inspire our audience to new levels of excitement and commitment.

UNOi Mexico

Richard Gerver was thoughtful, energetic and entertaining. I can't recommend him highly enough.

Executive Programs SunGard Higher Education

Richard Gerver was amazing! He was exactly as you described him to be and oh so much more! Richard was right there with in tune to what our members needed to hear, and oh so articulate and engaging. Now we want him back! Thank you for recommending him.

Alaska Society for Technology

Richard Gerver is one of the clearest and most passionate voices for radical change both in education and in business. As a highly successful and revolutionary school principal he has transformed the expectations and achievements of children, teachers and communities alike. In his compelling presentations and books he now takes his powerful message of hope and possibility to educators, policy makers and business leaders around the world. It's a message that has to be heard.

Sir Ken Robinson

Richard was the keynote speaker at our annual conference and he was truly outstanding. His message was clear, he delivered with impact and authenticity, and most importantly, he made every single word relevant to our organisation and the change we are going through. He took time to connect with as many of our people as possible and he seemed to genuinely enjoy being part of our event. 10/10.

Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd
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