John West-Burnham works as an independent teacher, writer and consultant in leadership development and is also Professor of Educational Leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He worked in schools, further and adult education for fifteen years before moving into higher education. He has held posts in five universities and is Visiting Professor of Educational leadership at the University of Bristol. John is author of Managing Quality in Schools; Rethinking Educational Leadership; co-author of Leading and Managing Schools; Education for Social Justice; Systems Leadership; Spiritual and moral development in schools; Schools and Communities; Personalizing Learning: Making Every Child Matter, Effective Learning in Schools, Leadership and Professional Development in Schools and co-editor of Performance Management in Schools, Educational Leadership and the Community, The Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management and 12 other books and over 30 articles and chapters. John has worked in Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE and the USA. He was a coordinator of the European School Leadership Project. His current consultancy and research interests include the learning centered school, ‘Closing the gap’- moving from good to outstanding; leading teaching and learning; transformational leadership, leadership learning and development; collaborative leadership and educational leadership in the community.
Skills & Expertise: Education and Leadership