Business Speaker of the Year 2011
Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues, however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Gerver's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.
Gerver began his working life as an actor who worked as an advertising copywriter to make ends meet. He began a teaching career in 1992 and rose through the ranks fast being identified by the school's inspectorate in 1997 as one of the most outstanding teachers in the country. By 2005, he had won the prestigious School Head Teacher of the Year Award at the British National Teaching Awards for his work in leading a school on the brink of closure to becoming one of the most innovative in the world. Gerver developed his organisational philosophy of living, learning and laughing which reached his full development during his time as Head Teacher.
By 2003, Gerver was working with Tony Blair's Government as an advisor on education policy. In 2006, his work was celebrated at The UNESCO World Arts Education Conference in Lisbon, Portugal and in the same year he was invited to Shanghai to speak about education transformation to members of the Chinese Government.
Gerver's work and philosophy have been widely reported in the media from the US to Russia, Australia to The Netherlands. His globally best-selling book, Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today, published by Bloomsbury, has become a seminal text in the development of education vision around the world.
His expertise takes him around the globe and he works on every continent focusing on education, leadership, change and human capacity. He not only works across all elements of the education sector, but also with major organisations as diverse as: Google, Microsoft, Puig, Telefonica, Harrods and Morgan Stanley. His major new book Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead It, was published in June 2013 by Portfolio Penguin and deals with the complexities of personal and professional change in the 21st century.
Gerver works closely with Sir Ken Robinson who cites Richard as one of the world's most exceptional educators; he features in Robinson's best-selling book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.
He also works as an author and media commentator and is a regular contributor in the British and Spanish print media; having written for The Times and The Daily Telegraph, as well as regularly appearing on the BBC. An episode of Redes, made for Spanish television about his work, is one of the most viewed in the Spanish speaking world.
His passion, expertise, narrative style and humour mean that his presentations are in huge demand and inspire audiences wherever he travels.