Valerie is an established thought leader in the field of education innovation. She is a founder and board member of Innovation (UK), and has been a teacher, researcher, and system leader.
Valerie advised the UK Government on implementation of the 1999 influential report on creativity All Our Futures to which she contributed as a Committee member. With a background in research, teaching, and capacity building, she is now an established thought leader in this field.
She has been consultant in support of change programmes in numerous systems worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Finland, 3 US States, Africa and in Europe. Valerie is regularly engaged as consultant adviser by overseas strategic agencies and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.
She is Senior Adviser to the OECD’s Innovative Learning Environments project, and to the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE). Valerie is a founding member and Director of the Global Education Leaders Program (GELP) supporting jurisdictions globally to scale their innovation and transform their systems.
She is the lead author of Learning A Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work (Bloomsbury, 2012); and What is Learning For? (European Journal of Education, 2015). Her new book Thrive: schools reinvented for the real challenges we face will be available in Spring 2017.