Brent Davies

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Speaker Topics

  • Team Development
  • Talent Management
  • Systems Leadership
  • System Change and Transformation
  • School Improvement
  • Public/Private Partnership
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership
  • Governor Training
  • Governers' Responsibilities
  • Futures Thinking


Brent is a leading speaker on educational leadership with an international reputation for his work. He has given key note addresses, led seminars and workshops throughout the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the USA. His expertise and presentation topics are:

• Leading the Strategically Focused School

• Developing Strategic Leadership

• Talent Management in Schools

• Developing Sustainable Leadership

• Leadership Development for Senior and Middle Leaders

Current Positions Held

Appointed Professor Emeritus at the University of Hull in 2011

Personal Achievements and Awards

He has published extensively with 30 books, the most recent are:
Talent Management in Education (with Barbara Davies, Sage: 2011)
Leading the Strategically Focused School (2011)
Developing Successful Leadership (with Mark Brundrett, 2010: Springer)
Essentials of School Leadership 2nd Edition (2009: Sage)
Passionate Leadership (with Tim Brighouse, 2008: Sage)
Developing Sustainable Leadership (2007: Sage)
Strategic Marketing for Schools (with Linda Ellison, 2007: Beijing Normal University Press)
School Leadership in the 21st Century (with L. Ellison & C. Bowring-Carr, 2005: Routledge)
The New Strategic Direction and Development of the School (with Linda Ellison 2003: Routledge)
The Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management (with J. West-Burnham, 2003: Pearson).

Relevant Career and Professional Background

Brent spent the first ten years of his career working as a teacher in South London. He then moved into higher education and now works exclusively on leadership and management development programmes for senior and middle managers in schools. He moved into Higher Education and was Head of Educational Leadership at Crewe + Alsager College of HE. He was Director of the International MBA in School Leadership at Leeds Metropolitan University. He then took up a post at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside to establish the first Chair in Educational Leadership and create the International Educational Leadership Centre in Lincoln. He moved to the University of Hull in 2000 to establish the International Leadership Centre. In 2004 he transferred within the University to become a research professor in leadership development at the Hull University Business School. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham, the University of Melbourne and the University of Southern California.

Additional Information

Recent feedback:
“Undoubtedly one of the best conference speakers we have booked”

“Brent is inspiring and brings key ideas and concepts to life to improve professional practice”

“The best session I have been to in recent years both practical and inspirational”

“Strategy is all about leadership and direction, Brent has renewed my enthusiasm for moving the school forward”

“I have learnt so much and have a great deal to take back to the school”

For availability or to book this speaker please email or call 07595 820211 / 07919 216280