The SAfE 2021 Annual Leadership Summit

The Schools Alliance for Excellence, in collaboration with phase councils, is pleased to announce its 2021 Annual Leadership Summit.

We invite Surrey Headteachers to join us at this digital all-day conference on February 10th, 2021. To register your interest in attending, click the flyer below!

Speaker Spotlight

As the inaugural SAfE Leadership summit ‘Leadership for Now, Leadership for the Future’, in conjunction with phase councils, draws closer we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce our talented speakers.

This is the first in our series of Speaker Spotlights, where we will take a closer look at our speakers and the important topics they will be addressing at the summit.

Our Speakers

















 Sir David Carter, Executive Director of System Leadership, Ambition Institute

Sir David is a trustee at several charities including Centrepoint, the charity that is aiming to eradicate youth homelessness, a trustee of the charity that oversees the annual Teaching Awards as well as being on the board of the Talent Foundry Trust, a charity creating new opportunities through wider enrichment and support for dis-advantaged children. On November 1 2018 Sir David took up the role of Executive Director of System Leadership at the Ambition Institute, leading the training programmes for trust leaders as well as designing and leading a new model of reviewing and assessing Multi Academy Trusts.

Sir David continues to place family, music, golf and Cardiff City FC at the heart of his relaxation time and continues to be very proud of being awarded a knighthood for his services to education in the summer of 2013. In August 2020, his book “Leading Academy Trusts-why some fail but most don’t” was published by John Catt Educational. He’s on twitter as @Carter6d.


Stephen Tierney, Executive Headteacher, BEBC MAT

Stephen was Headteacher of St. Mary's an 11-18 school for thirteen years before becoming the Executive Headteacher of the school and of a one form entry primary school.  These schools formed a cross phase multi-academy trust, with one other primary school, which he led until recently.  His work sought to develop a culture in which staff, children and young people could flourish.  At the heart of this was the professional development of teachers and a more evidence-informed approach to school improvement.  His work in Blackpool rooted him in the daily practicalities of teachers’ and leaders’ lives.  
He is Chair of the Headteachers' RoundTable Group; leading on their policy ideas for an alternative to the current high stakes, cliff-edged accountability system.  
As a prolific blogger ( he writes on a range of topical educational issues.  The core school business of teaching & learning and leadership are the main themes on his blog.  He’s on twitter as @LeadingLearner and is author of Educating with Purpose & Liminal Leadership.  


Prof. Toby Greany, University of Nottingham

Toby is Professor of Education and Convener of the Centre for Research in Education Leadership and Management (CRELM) at the University of Nottingham.  His previous roles include Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the UCL Institute of Education, Executive Director – Leadership Development at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) and Special Adviser to the Education and Skills Select Committee.  Toby’s research is focused on understanding the ways in which educational policy and practice interact and the roles of system governance, leadership agency and evidence in this process.  His Nuffield-funded research into England’s ‘self-improving school-led system’ reforms was described by the Observer as “a seminal analysis”. He’s on twitter as @TobyGreany.


Viv Grant, Integrity Coaching

Viv Grant is an Executive Coach, Author and Public Speaker. She is the Director of Integrity Coaching, a leading provider of coaching services for Head teachers and senior school leaders. Viv has been in the teaching profession for over thirty years. When she was just 31 and expecting her first child, she was appointed as one of the youngest Heads in the country to turn around a failing primary school. It was because of her experiences as a Head, that Viv developed a deep interest in approaches for supporting the emotional and psychological well-being of school leaders. She is often called upon nationally and internationally to speak at conferences on the subject. As an Executive coach, Viv now works extensively with Head teachers and school leaders, helping them to overcome the challenges of their roles, so that they are able to maintain their humanity, joy, love for the profession and the communities they serve. As a pioneer in the field, the coaching provided by Integrity, has recently been the subject of an evaluation/research report for the National Education Union (NEU). Her book “Staying A Head” is considered a seminal work in this area. Recognised as an expert in the field, she has contributed to various books and periodicals on the subject. As an expert commentator, her contributions have also been featured in The Guardian, London Live, Sky News, Radio Four, Woman’s Hour and the World at One. Viv is also an Advisory Board member of the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools at The Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University. Prior to setting up Integrity Coaching, Viv worked as a lead consultant on a range of leadership development programmes for the Institute of Education, the National College, the National Union of Teachers [NUT] and the Department for Education [DfE].

Viv’s website and blogs can be found here: and on twitter as @Vivgrant


Tom Bennett, researchED

Tom Bennett has been the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy, as well as chairing the Mental Health in Schools panel; currently he leads the DfE Behaviour Hubs project. He is also the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education and campaigns for better evidence awareness worldwide. It now holds events in five continents and thirteen countries, attracting thousands of followers and generating discussion and change in schools throughout the world. He is also the editor of researchED magazine, with over 15,000 global subscribers. He has written five books about teacher training, including his most recent best-selling success ‘Running the Room- a teacher’s guide to behaviour’. In 2015, he was long listed as one of the world’s top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year he made the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Bloggers’ list. He is also the Director of Tom Bennett Training, which supports some of the most disadvantaged students and schools in England, by helping them to raise standards. His online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times, and he is a Teacher-Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge


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