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    Alma Harris

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    Alma Harris is Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya. She is internationally known for her research and writing on leadership and school improvement. She started her career as a teacher in South Wales and moved on to work at five UK Universities, most recently as Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education, University of London. Alma has written several books, the latest ‘Distributed Leadership Matters’ was published by Corwin Press in 2013.

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    Andy Hargreaves

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    Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The mission of the Chair is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education.

    Andy grew up in Accrington, Lancashire, and went on to teach in primary school. He then lectured in a number of English universities until, in 1987, he moved to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Canada, where he co-founded and directed the International Centre for Educational Change. From 2000-2002, he was also Professor of Educational Leadership and Change at the University of Nottingham in England.

    Andy has authored or edited more than 20 books - including Teaching in the Knowledge Society (2003), which won Outstanding Writing Awards from the American Educational Research Association and the American Library Association. He has been awarded visiting professorships and fellowships in Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, England, Canada and the United States, and is the holder of the Whitworth 2000 Award for outstanding contributions to educational research in Canada. Andy is initiating editor of the International Handbook of Educational Change, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change. His work is translated into more than a dozen languages. His most recent books are Sustainable Leadership, (with Dean Fink, 2006); Change Wars (edited with Michael Fullan, 2008) and The Fourth Way (with Dennis Shirley, 2009).

    Andy now lives close to Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Pauline who is also an educator. Andy is an irrationally passionate supporter of Burnley Football Club and also an avid hiker close to completing his goal of walking the length of England and Scotland in stages.

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    Dean Fink

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    Dean Fink is a motivating and popular presenter. His career began with the Halton Board of Education in Ontario, Canada. He worked as a school principal in both primary and secondary schools and LEA adviser before moving to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In the past ten years Dean has made presentations or conducted workshops in 30 different countries, including over 300 workshops on leadership related topics in the United Kingdom.

    He has published numerous book chapters and articles on topics related to school effectiveness, leadership and change in schools in many journals. He is the author or co-author of Changing Our Schools (1996) with Louise Stoll, Good Schools/Real Schools; Why school reform doesn’t last (2000), and It’s About Learning and It’s About Time (2003) with Louise Stoll and Lorna Earl of OISE/University of Toronto. His recent books are Sustainable Leadership with Andy Hargreaves (2006), Leadership for Mortals (2005) and The Succession Challenge (2010).

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    Sir John Jones

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    Knighted in 2003 for his services to education, John worked most of his professional life in challenging schools across the North West of England. His career included three headships over 17 years, his last post being the head-teacher of a large secondary school in Merseyside. His achievements and reputation for straight talking, leadership and creativity led him to be invited onto various organizations, panels and think tanks including the National College for School Leadership, the DfES Leadership Development Unit, the Teacher Development Agency’s National Remodelling Unit and visiting posts with both Manchester and Liverpool Universities. John retains a very down to earth approach to education, believing it to be about social change, never just about ticking boxes or meeting targets. He is a very inspiring speaker. In his Loqui programmes, John covers an impressive range of educational issues from leadership and inclusion to organizational development and ‘futures thinking’. They are guaranteed to give all those who watch them and follow the activities food for thought, practical ideas that will make a difference and a genuine and moving sense of awe at the power teachers have to change young lives.