Richard Gerver, Theatre Arts
What Richard is doing now
Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational speakers on education, business and the third sector of his generation and has an international reputation. He is also a globally best selling author.
How Derby impacted on Richards's career
Whilst studying at the University of Derby's Mickleover campus, Richard met his future wife Lynne. He began his working life as an actor, and also worked as an advertising copywriter to make ends meet. His teaching career started in 1992 and he rose through the ranks fast, being identified by the school's inspectorate in 1997 as one of the most outstanding teachers in the country.
By 2005 he had won the prestigious School Head Teacher of the Year Award at the British National Teaching Awards for his work in leading a school on the brink of closure to becoming one of the most innovative in the UK. By 2003 Richard was working with Tony Blair's Government as an advisor on education policy.
Richard works closely with Sir Ken Robinson on developing the awareness of human potential and creativity, and features in Robinson's best-selling book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.
He also works as an author and media commentator, and is a regular contributor in the British print media; writing for The Times and The Daily Telegraph, as well as appearing on the BBC, most recently on breakfast television and The Politics Show.
Richard's best-selling book Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today (2009) deals with education transformation. His second Change was published in the summer of 2013 and deals with human capacity and leading change. It spent two months at number one in the business book charts and has now been translated into a number of languages including Spanish and Taiwanese.
What would you say to students thinking of studying at Derby?
Do it! Derby is a unique and exciting university at the heart of a special city; a place where everyone feels valued and anything is possible!