Author of Change: Learn to love it, learn to lead it
Richard 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 estate agent, to becoming an award winning teacher and school principal, whose ground breaking work in education was celebrated by the British National Teaching awards and UNESCO amongst others.
On leaving his twenty year career in education he has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation.
In 2011 he was awarded the title of Business Speaker of the Year and has written two critically acclaimed best-selling books: Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Bloomsbury) and Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it (Portfolio Penguin). The later, topped the business book charts for over two months. Both books have been translated into a number of languages, reflecting his international reach.
He has advised Governments and major corporations globally and has worked with organisations as diverse as Google, UK Sport, Puig, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Harrods, the LMA, Telefonica and The IBO.
Richard 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 British Airways inflight magazine.
His speeches are always passionate, provocative and humorous; thanks to his natural and honest style, which draws on his own experiences and meetings, to humanise often challenging and complex issues. He is passionate about people, their potential and the future. It is his ability to bring an authenticity and uniqueness to his work has helped to win him the global acclaim, which has led to his invitations to speak on the most recognised stages, including TED and the RSA.
Whatever sector Richard works in, his principals remain the same: Organisations need to remember that systems and structures change nothing, people do and that to ensure that we get the best from those we work with, lead and serve, we must be committed to developing the communication, understanding and actions that lead to a culture of empowerment resulting in a long term demonstrable impact.