Steve Munby

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Speaker Topics

  • Systems Leadership
  • System Change and Transformation
  • School-to-school collaboration as a strategy for promoting equity
  • Optimism in difficult times
  • National and International Reform
  • Middle Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Ethics and Values
  • Challenging and Coaching School Leaders


Steve has a background in school improvement –in Oldham, Blackburn with Darwen and in Knowsley. More recently his expertise has been in leadership and in education reform. Steve was Chief Executive of England’s National College for School Leadership (NCSL) for nearly 8 years. During that time Steve and his team led the work in England on National Leaders of Education, Local Leaders of Education, Teaching School Alliances, system leadership, leadership in children’s services and the development of a school-led system. Until recently, Steve was Chief Executive of Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust) - a charity that works with governments at national and regional level around the world to improve education systems and with school clusters to raise standards. In England, Education Development Trust’s School Partnership Programme currently works with 800 participating schools, supporting peer review and a school-led system. Education Development Trust also sponsors a multi-academy trust with 16 academies. As CEO, Steve managed an internationally-based workforce in India, the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa, the UK and many other localities.

Steve is in much demand as a keynote speaker, especially on issues to do with school leadership and system-wide reform of education, and has spoken at conferences all over the world, including, Canada, India, the United States of America, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. He has visited hundreds of schools throughout England and, more recently, internationally and he has a strong understanding of the challenges facing school and system leaders.

Many of his keynote speeches and interviews are available to be watched on-line.

In 2016 he wrote a think-piece with Michael Fullan: “Inside-out and downside-up. How leading from the middle has the power to transform education systems.”

In November 2016 he was a speaker in an on-line Global Dialogue with Michael Fullan, John Hattie and Viviane Robinson.

For 12 of the last 13 years he has been a keynote speaker at the Seizing Success Annual Conference or at its successor the Inspiring Leadership Annual Conference. These conference attract well over 1,000 school leaders.

He is also the facilitator for the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory summits (9 education systems from around the world committed to equity, excellence, well-being and social justice). These summits involve ministers from each of the jurisdictions, along with international thought leaders.

For the past 17 years he has been leading large, complex organisations and in his speeches he talks authentically about leadership. Steve is passionate about the importance of school and system leadership and the need to develop future leaders. He is an inspirational speaker and a skilled facilitator.

Current Positions Held

Visiting Professor at University College London Institute of Education
Chair of The Teaching Awards
TrustFacilitator of Atlantic Rim Collaboratory summits
Trustee of National Teaching Awards
Independent Chair of Middlesbrough School Improvement Partnership Board.

Personal Achievements and Awards

Awarded a CBE for services to leadership in schools and children’s services in the 2012 New Year Honours list.

Honorary Doctor of Arts, University of Bedfordshire in recognition of contribution to leadership in schools and children’s services November 2010

Doctor of the University College, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. July 2011

Relevant Career and Professional Background

November 1997 – October 2000.
Assistant Director, Quality Development, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
Responsible for School Improvement and Lifelong Learning.

October 2000 to March 2005
Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

March 2005 to November 2012
Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership.

November 2012 – to August 2017
Chief Executive, Education Development Trust, formerly CfBT Education Trust.

Additional Information

Typical Feedback:
“Steve Munby was hugely thought-provoking”
“I don't think you have any idea of your inspiration and far reaching effect upon education”
“Your theme this year of love and leadership was as significant as it was poignant”
“Steve was excellent, inspiring”
“You certainly had a massive impact and are still quoted by staff on a daily basis”
“Just a short note to thank you most enthusiastically for you terrific presentation to the group on Saturday. You will have sensed how much colleagues enjoyed it I am sure –a huge achievement in an after dinner slot on a Saturday on a demanding topic”
“One of best speakers at conference ever!”
“Steve was the meat – great messages with serious back-up”
“Impactful talk about the very essence of what we do and why”
“Reinforced the need to remember education is the hope for the future”
“Signature leadership for context”
“Really helped me understand leadership, it can be collaborative & it is OK to have fear”
“Great, so knowledgeable & experienced”

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