Hello, and welcome to the Inspiring Leadership Podcast, brought to you by Persyou Ltd, coaching specialists helping you create environments that encourages engagement, development and learning, by harnessing the power of coaching. In these conversations we connect with recognised leaders from across the world of education and beyond, from sport to politics to the armed forces. These influential expert guests offer listeners the perfect blend of theory, opinion and best practice guidance. These are go-to podcasts for leaders looking for insight and real, actionable inspiration, featuring fascinating people who have reached the highest levels in their field. We are proud to be in partnership with Independent School Management Plus.
Barry Dequanne: The importance of community
In this episode Nicholas McKie speaks to Barry Dequanne. Originally from Canada, Barry is currently serving as the Director of the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) in Switzerland. Barry has more than twenty-five years of international administrative and teaching experience, including work at schools in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Brasilia. Barry is currently serving as a Board Member with the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS). He has also served as a consultant and facilitator working with international schools in school improvement, leadership, governance, strategic planning, and program and policy development. This is a fascinating insight into a top international education leader.
Hannah Rankin: bassoonist to world champion boxer
Hannah Rankin is a professional boxer and the Reigning WBA and IBO 154lb World Champion making history by becoming Scotland's first ever female world champion! Alongside boxing, Hannah is also a professional musician performing with the likes of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre and London Sinfonietta after studying for a Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London. With a wealth of high performance experience, Hannah has also worked with companies such as Deloittes, Siemens Mobility and National Rail covering a variety of topics including building confidence in performance, resilience and health and well-being within the workplace. This is an honest and insightful conversation on how to compete at the top level of high performance.
Eddie Mensah: The right to dream
In this episode, Nicholas McKie speaks to Eddie Mensah, the managing director of Right to Dream Academy in Ghana. Born and raised in Ghana, he left at 16 to attend, on scholarship, a boarding school in Canada where he earned an IB diploma. A bachelor's degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall college in Pennsylvania followed. Eddie has been in various academic positions for the last 25 years. Most recently he was the Head of School at Charlotte Prep School in North Carolina before taking on his role at Right To Dream. Eddie holds a masters degree in Education Leadership from the university of Pennsylvania and certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University. This is an inspiring conversation exploring how we can uplift and empower children.
Emma Bateman: Why business isn't a dirty word in education
In this episode Director of Persyou Ltd Nicholas McKie welcomes Emma Bateman, Chief Operating Officer, of the Repton Schools Group. Emma’s current role is responsible for all professional services and all operational support to the three UK schools and other group entities. Her role is also responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions and Digital Strategies as well as delivering group strategy, income and services through Repton School Enterprises and Repton International Schools Limited. Emma joined Repton in 2019 from a broad commercial and corporate career, which began on a city trading floor. Prior to her commercial career, Emma began life as an academic, studying for a PhD in American History, lecturing in American Studies at Birmingham and Warwick Universities. This is a fascinating and honest conversation that unpicks why business isn’t (always) a dirty word in the education sector.
David Haze: Through adventure we live
In this episode, Nicholas McKie talks to David Haze, also known as Nomadic Paddler. He is a former prisoner turned 7x world record holding SUP adventurer, attempting world firsts and world records. However, it is not all about the pursuit of records and glory. SUP has transformed David's life; his tool for growth & change and he hopes his adventures can encourage more people to reconnect with themselves through adventure by taking that small step out of their comfort zone proving that we are much more than our pasts and mistakes. An inspiring episode to motivate you to get out of your comfort zone and make meaningful change a reality.
Chandini Misra: The power of humble leadership
In this first episode of series 6, Nicholas McKie speaks to Chandini Misra who is the Head of Senior School at Repton School Al Barsha, Dubai. Chandini read Chemistry at Keble College, University of Oxford before venturing into a career in broadcast journalism at BBC News 24 and later teaching. Her leadership experience began in inner city contexts in the UK and later incorporated the competitive international school landscape of Dubai. This episode explores the journey of a new Head growing into their role with humility and integrity at the heart of their leadership philosophy.
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Nicely balanced and relaxed conversations with inspirational individuals who are able to get their experiences across to the listener in a natural way. Excellent!
An enlightening podcast. Always relaxing and informative listening to Nicholas and guests.
Thanks to Nicholas for bringing these conversations to us. Really wide range of guests talking about leadership and their own journey. A real source of inspiration and professional development.