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Innovator, educator, author & former advisor to the UK Government

Passionate about people; about communication, empowerment & impact.

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Innovator, educator and best-selling Author 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 is one of the most celebrated speakers in the world. His insights into change, leadership and education are unique thanks to his own extraordinary journey, which has seen him go from being a struggling actor, copywriter and real-estate agent, to becoming an award-winning school principal and now, best-selling author, award winning speaker and advisor to high performing corporate and sports organisations.

Current work

Gerver is a regular media commentator who is often seen or heard on the BBC and often works as a writer in the print media. His work has been profiled everywhere from REDES on Spanish television to the pages of newspapers on every continent.

Previous experience

Awards: On leaving his 20 year career in education he has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to education and leadership by The University of Derby.

Author: In 2011 and 2014, he was named 'Business Speaker of the Year' and has written three critically acclaimed best-selling books: the award winning Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today (Bloomsbury), Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it (Portfolio Penguin) and Simple Thinking (Capstone Wiley). All three of his chart topping books have been translated into a number of languages, reflecting his international reach. In Simple Thinking: How to Remove Complexity from Life and Work, Gerver shares simple behaviours that declutter obstacles and blockages to enable you to unlock your full potential. His fourth book, Education: A Manifesto for Change, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2019.

Advisor: He has advised governments and major corporations globally and has worked with leaders such as; Barack Obama, Steve Wozniak and The Dalai Lama and organisations as diverse as Google, GSK, Fidelity, UK Sport, Puig, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Harrods, VISA, Technicolor, the LMA, Telefonica and The IBO.

Organisations: He has also worked with elite and professional sports organisations on self-leadership and change including; Olympic and Paralympic coaches, managers and coaches in the English Premier League Soccer, Team England Golf and Professional Cricket. He has also recently worked with the British Music Industry to help them develop a capacity for forward proactive and sustainable change.

Talking Points

Simple Thinking

Renowned for his highly accessible and common sense take on complex issues surrounding change and human leadership, Richard brings his pragmatic, insightful and people-centric approach to success; what it is and how we can achieve it. He offers strategies that will lead to success and the tools individuals need to succeed both individually and as part of an organisation. Based on the research in his book, Simple Thinking, Richard will give participants the mindsets, behaviours and attributes needed to aim higher and achieve more.


Why do we resist change as we grow older and how can we nurture and develop an organisational culture which embraces change and encourages collaboration? In this session,
Richard examines why change has become increasingly challenging and how risk aversion can stifle individuals and organisations. He explores how to harness the power of creativity, curiosity and confidence in uncertain times and why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a program or a strategy but an ever-present organic part of the 21st Century.

Education: A Manifesto for Change

Education is the most important factor determining the future of our children, our economy, our society and ultimately our planet. Richard uses his experience-driven insights to clarify the vision, thinking and processes we must adopt if we are to develop a system that prepares our young people for the future.
Bringing together his career as a former award-winning teacher, globally renowned principal, school and university board member and government policy advisor, Richard speaks with clarity and precision, explaining exactly what skills, behaviours and attributes our children need to achieve success in the modern world.


What do people and organisations that have enjoyed sustained success have in common? A sense of purpose. One driven by a collective mission, a set of values and passion.
In this session, Richard shares his insights and experiences, exploring how communication, skills development, leadership and empowerment must be developed and nurtured to encourage a genuine sense of purpose that can have a dynamic and long-lasting impact on you, your team and your organisation.

Lasting Legacy: Developing Future Leaders

Success cannot be measured in the short-term; real success requires a long-term strategy and must be resilient enough to survive and thrive in challenging and changing times.
Richard’s mantra is that systems and structures change nothing, people do. In this session, Richard explores how to identify and nurture great leaders for tomorrow. He urges people to remember that leadership is about developing a sense of corporate responsibility and boosting higher levels of confidence, loyalty and a dynamic sense of legacy.


Richard has worked with some of the world’s most successful sports and business organisations. Richard uses his unique insights into human development and success to help audiences understand what holds people back and how to unlock their full potential.
He 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.
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