Gary Handforth BA (Hons) MA (Process Consultancy) is Executive Principal and Director or Primary Education for Bright Futures Educational Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust of 9 schools. Prior to this he was the Head teacher of two schools in central Manchester.
Gary is a Trustee of Challenge Partners, a national network of over 300 schools, and a senior partner for the organisation. He is also a Local Leader of Education for the past 5 years.
Gary also works with The Future Leaders Trust as Leadership Development Advisor, working with Senior Leaders throughout the North West. Gary has designed programmes and delivered on a variety of teaching and learning and leadership work. This has included developing consultancy methods with Local Leaders, various workshops on leadership in a changing world and on creating climates for developing clear values and vision.
Gary has recently travelled to Singapore, Australia, China and New Zealand, observing educational practices and perspectives from a wide range of schools and institutions.
His particular areas of expertise are in change leadership, organisational psychology, coaching theory and practice and in developing strong partnerships, networks and communities between schools. He also has strong links with the University of Manchester in developing research communities in and across schools.