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Valerie Hannon

Valerie Hannon is a global thought leader, inspiring systems to re-think what ‘success’ will mean in the 21st century, and the implications for education. The co-founder of both Innovation Unit UK and of the Global Education Leaders Partnership, Valerie has worked as a teacher, researcher, and civil servant; and was a member of the influential National Committee on Creativity in Education.  Formerly Director of Education for Derbyshire County Council and then an adviser in the UK Department for Education (DfE) she now works to release and harness the agency and creativity of both learners and educators; and to create the supportive environments they need. She has been engaged by many systems and foundations across the world to support change programs. Currently, she is Senior Adviser to the OECD in its Education 2030 project.

Valerie is a regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences and workshops, drawing upon her substantial research and publications, including: Learning A Living: radical innovation in education for work (2013); Redesigning Education: shaping learning systems around the globe (2013) with GELP colleagues; Creative Public Leadership (2016); and Local Learning Ecosystems: emerging models (2019). Her last book was THRIVE: schools reinvented for the real challenges we face (2017). A new expanded edition of THRIVE will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.