Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser, school inspector and visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside. He is a freelance lecturer, broadcaster, comedian, writer and a consultant for the Open University.
Mixing his natural wit with his background in education, he shares poignant tales of his life as a school inspector whilst also entertaining audiences as a raconteur.
In 2005, the highest academic award of Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor of the University (D.Univ.), was conferred upon him by the Chancellor, Professor Lord Robert Winston. In 2006, he became President of the School Library Association.
Well-respected in the field of academia, he has published many articles, online excerpts and books, which have received high acclaim and won various industry awards. Alongside his own work, he has edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections. He writes academic literature, autobiographical novels and children’s books.
Gervase also has a large media presence having appeared on a plethora of both television and radio shows, including: The Alan Titchmarsh Show; Good Morning Sunday with Aled Jones; Esther, Midweek; You and Yours; The BBC World Service; The Heaven and Earth Show and The Des O 'Connor Show, to name but a few.
Sir Tim Brighouse
Sir Tim Brighouse began his career by completing a degree in modern history at Oxford University, where he trained to be a teacher in 1961. He continued to teach at various levels for several years.
His career in educational administration includes the position of Chief Education Officer in both Oxfordshire and Birmingham, where his work was quoted by Ofsted as "an example to all others of what can be done, even in the most demanding urban environment".
During his tenure as Professor of Education at Keele University he founded the “Centre for Successful Schools”.
He completed his full time career in education as Commissioner for London Schools in 2007.
Sir Tim is a charismatic, inspirational speaker and typical comments about him from Education Ministers are "He exceeded expectations," & "He brought incredible energy."