Andrea joined RSAcademics in 2014 to work with Barry Speirs on leadership development, following a distinguished career in state education, including fourteen years as Head of Preston Manor in London and six years as founding education director of Ambition Institute at ARK. More recently she has been a Senior Advisor, leading a number of CEO and Chief Executive appointments.
Andrea has worked at the cutting edge of education leadership reform, as senior consultant at UCL Institute of Education, the Future Leaders Trust, Tavistock Consulting and adviser to Leading Educators USA. She was a London Challenge consultant and a lead facilitator with the National College for School Leadership.
As a qualified executive coach, Andrea has supported hundreds of headteachers, chief executives and directors, combining her depth of understanding about people, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics to help clients develop the insight and confidence to maximise their potential in ways they hadn’t anticipated possible. Internationally Andrea has provided consultancy services in Russia, Sweden, Singapore, the Middle East and extensively in the USA, where she served on the advisory board of Leading Educators.
She has written and broadcast widely, including the 2007 TV series How the Other Half Learns. Her book, “Sustaining Depth and Meaning in School Leadership: Keeping Your Head”, co-edited and authored with a child and adolescent psychotherapist, was published by Routledge in July 2020.