University hosts ‘An Evening with Richard Gerver’

Richard Gerver 504 “I am very excited about ‘coming home’ and sharing some of my thoughts and experiences with the audience at the University." Richard Gerver

Date posted: 9 February 2017

International speaker and University of Derby honorand Richard Gerver will return to the University to talk about his career and his latest book on March 21, 2017.

Richard studied at the University of Derby and has since gone on to become an award-winning head teacher, transforming Grange Primary School, in Long Eaton, from a failing school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world – in just two years.

His latest book ‘Simple Thinking’focuses on the way you can change behaviour to unclutter your mind and help you realise your true potential.

Richard said: “I have been fortunate enough to learn their views, their reflections on life, and even the successes and failures they have had, which is extraordinary.

“I am very excited about ‘coming home’ and sharing some of my thoughts and experiences with the audience at the University. It is an honour to be invited. I hope that people will gain an insight into change and success, have some fun and maybe realise that if I can, anyone can.”

Richard has received many accolades, including: 

  • Business Speaker of the Year 2011 at the London Business Forum Awards
  • Two critically acclaimed best-selling books: Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Bloomsbury) and Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it(Portfolio Penguin)
  • School Head Teacher of the Year 2005  at the British National Teaching Awards
  • In 2003, he worked with Tony Blair's Government as an advisor on education policy. 

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, said: “Richard is testament to what you can achieve when you’re passionate. It will be a privilege to welcome him back to the University to inspire our students and community.”

Registration will open at 6pm for a pre-event reception and networking. The main talk, ‘An Evening with Richard Gerver’, will start at 6:30pm, followed by a book signing of Richard’s latest book until 8pm.

This evening will be of benefit to all business enthusiasts. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book your free place for the evening click here.

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