Richard Gerver

An award-winning speaker on creativity, leadership and education

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Richard Gerver began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. It took him just two years to turn the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world, a feat celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government.

Since then Richard has used his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. Drawing upon his first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education Richard explores the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. His ability to connect experiences across many seemingly different environments enables people to expand their thinking and perception of potential.

Richard's philosophy has three core principles, which are communication, empowerment and impact. He argues that great leadership is first and foremost about serving the needs of the people who work for you. His mantra: systems and structures change nothing; people do.
His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today, has become a seminal text around the world for those engaged in the transformation of education. His other books are explorations of human potential, leadership and success.

Speech Topics

Richard Gerver has 6 main topics that he speaks on, which are as follows:

Simple Thinking
Renowned for his highly accessible and common sense take on complex issues surrounding change and human leadership, Richard brings his pragmatic, insightful and people-centric approach to success; what it is and how we can achieve it.

He offers strategies that will lead to success and the tools individuals need to succeed both individually and as part of an organisation. Based on the research in his book, Simple Thinking, Richard will give participants the mindsets, behaviours and attributes needed to aim higher and achieve more.

Why do we resist change as we grow older and how can we nurture and develop an organisational culture which embraces change and encourages collaboration? In this session,

Richard examines why change has become increasingly challenging and how risk aversion can stifle individuals and organisations. He explores how to harness the power of creativity, curiosity and confidence in uncertain times and why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a program or a strategy but an ever-present organic part of the 21st Century.

Education: A Manifesto for Change
Education is the most important factor determining the future of our children, our economy, our society and ultimately our planet. Richard uses his experience-driven insights to clarify the vision, thinking and processes we must adopt if we are to develop a system that prepares our young people for the future.

Bringing together his career as a former award-winning teacher, globally renowned principal, school and university board member and government policy advisor, Richard speaks with clarity and precision, explaining exactly what skills, behaviours and attributes our children need to achieve success in the modern world.

What do people and organisations that have enjoyed sustained success have in common? A sense of purpose. One driven by a collective mission, a set of values and passion.

In this session, Richard shares his insights and experiences, exploring how communication, skills development, leadership and empowerment must be developed and nurtured to encourage a genuine sense of purpose that can have a dynamic and long-lasting impact on you, your team and your organisation.

Lasting Legacy: Developing Future Leaders
Success cannot be measured in the short-term; real success requires a long-term strategy and must be resilient enough to survive and thrive in challenging and changing times.

Richard’s mantra is that systems and structures change nothing, people do. In this session, Richard explores how to identify and nurture great leaders for tomorrow. He urges people to remember that leadership is about developing a sense of corporate responsibility and boosting higher levels of confidence, loyalty and a dynamic sense of legacy.

Richard has worked with some of the world’s most successful sports and business organisations. Richard uses his unique insights into human development and success to help audiences understand what holds people back and how to unlock their full potential.

He has translated his work and experience from schools to high performing corporate environments where the ability to risk, learn and develop are vital. Richard argues that it is often the most naturally gifted individuals who struggle with resilience and that having the confidence to fail and overcome adversity is critical if we are to get the best out of ourselves and our people.


Richard Gerver’s presentation was fantastic and very well received - so much energy, passion and fresh thinking! Just what we wanted to inspire our staff and ourselves.

British Council

Richard Gerver was thoughtful, energetic and entertaining. I can't recommend him highly enough.

Executive Programs SunGard Higher Education

Through his natural charm, passion for education and profound insight, Richard Gerver managed to inspire our audience to new levels of excitement and commitment

UNOi Mexico

This man is a genius. An excellent new way of thinking. Very thought provoking, an opportunity to challenge the status quo.


Richard Gerver delivered a great presentation that engaged and inspired the audience. He was poignant and entertaining in his delivery!


Richard's session has led to a total change of direction and there is a buzz about the whole place, which is fantastic. The fact that Richard can inspire so many others in such a short space of time is just brilliant.

Hampshire Local Authority School Improvement Cluster

Absolutely brilliant keynote speaker...Richard Gerver inspired us all and opened up lots of possibilities in people's minds.

West Sussex Council

Everything went perfectly with Richard Gerver. His presentation was great and the audience was very impressed. Thank you so much for all!


Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Richard Gerver. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

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