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Michael Fullan, O.C., is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities in North America and abroad.

Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward, Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward, and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year, and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015. Michael Fullan’s latest books are: Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail, Freedom to Change, and Indelible Leadership. He is currently Global Leadership Director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.

Michael presented workshops with Leannta throughout the UK and Ireland from 2002 - 2014

Lyn Sharratt’s background includes cumulative experience as teacher, curriculum consultant, teacher-trainer, public education policy analyst, superintendent of schools, and superintendent of curriculum and instruction – the latter two roles in a district comprised of 197 schools, 8,800 teachers, and 117,000 students. Currently, Lyn is a professor and best-selling author.

Lyn shares her experience and knowledge regarding about whole system reform, school improvement and classroom practice. As lead author, she has written and published 2 books with Michael Fullan (the first book Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform, Corwin 2009, and the second book, Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! Lyn's latest books are practiioner based and appeal to those working with students in the classroom Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence (2016) and Clarity: What matters most in learning, teaching and leading (2019).

Lyn worked with Leannta to establish professional learning partnerships between headteachers in Ontario and the UK from 2003 - 2015.

Sir John Jones was awarded his knighthood for services to education in 2003. This acknowledges his significant contributions to learning through a career that includes three headships in secondary schools. He has informed Government policy over a range of issues, including: neighbourhood renewal, Excellence in Cities, truancy and exclusion.

John is now an international presenter who inspires teachers and leaders throughout the UK and abroad. John’s message gives hope and inspiration to young people who have tough lives and his professional dedication has created better chances for many of them. He is a season ticket holder for his favourite soccer team, Everton FC and once played guitar semi-professionally with a pop group.

Sir John has a long and ongoing professional relationship with Leannta. We are privileged to publish his best-selling book The Magic-Weaving Business.

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Avis Glaze is one of Canada’s outstanding educators and a recognized international leader in education. From classroom teacher to Superintendent of Schools and Director of Education, this award-winning educator has experience at all levels of the school system.

 As Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and Founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, she played a pivotal role in improving student achievement in Ontario. Dr. Glaze served as Ontario’s Education Commissioner and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education. She was Professor in Residence in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is President of Edu-quest International Inc. offering a wide range of educational services and speaking engagements across the globe.

Leannta was delighted to work with Avis at several conferences and events, most notably at the Words Unite conference, part of the Get Hackney Reading campaign in 2008.

Tania Noakes is an adventurer, writer and international mountain guide (IFMGA). She designs and shapes new adventures to share with her clients, friends and family. Occasionally she is swept up in a challenging project that demands her sole attention. For example, in 2018 Tania skied the length of Norway from Lindesnes to Nordkapp, a distance of 2533 km, alone and without any mechanised transport, in 82 days.

Tania is forever learning and forever curious. She enjoys reflecting on her adventures through life and sharing them through her writing. Her latest articles include: Norge På Langs - skiing Norway from end to end (2018), Running Sardinia's wild and rugged Selvaggio Blu (2017), Timing is everything: Climbing hard and fast on the Cassin ridge (2016).

Tania is a mentor and role model for young athletes and mountaineers, particularly young women. She inspires and helps them to develop their leadership skills through both her writing and speaking engagements.

Tania has an ongoing personal and professional relationship with Leannta. She guided Alan on some of the more challenging variants on Alta Via Amelia in 2018.

Alan Boyle is Director of Leannta Education Associates, a company he founded in 1999. He is an invited presenter at international leadership conferences, providing keynotes and workshops about leadership in business, education and sport.

He designs and provides professional learning for education leaders in the UK and abroad. Over the last 20 years he has established and maintained learning partnerships between school and district leaders in the UK and their peers in North America, Norway and the Netherlands. Between 2006 and 2008 he worked as a consultant to the Department of Education in NYC to establish the Quality Review process in all schools across the city.

As a researcher, Alan’s latest work is rooted in his lifelong passion for history and mountaineering. With his sister Susan, he has traced the route followed by Amelia Edwards, the first independent female pioneer in the Italian Dolomites in 1872, visiting the places that she passed through and meeting descendants of people that she met. Their co-authored book, Spirits of the Dolomites (2018), compares life in the region today with Amelia’s time to reveal what has changed and, more importantly, what remains the same.

Alan started his career as a science teacher and spent 20 years in urban schools across England. He worked for the National Curriculum Council in England before working for two local authorities, including seven years as the chief inspector of a London borough. He was among the first qualified Ofsted inspectors.

Alan has written science text books and many articles in journals and newspapers. His latest co-authored books are Alta Via Amelia (2019); Uplifting Leadership (2014) with Andy Hargreaves and Alma Harris; and Big-City School Reforms: Lessons from New York, Toronto and London with Michael Fullan, published by Teachers College Press in 2014.