We are delighted to host the first of a series of interviews with senior figures from all walks of society and business sectors by a panel of experts.
· Ramesh Vala OBE
· Kathryn Pretzel Shiels
· Vince Pearson
· Alex Buchanan
· Clarissa Farr
· Chris Sheppardson
Clarissa is an internationally renowned speaker, writer and consultant on education and leadership. With more than twenty years’ experience at the top of the UK independent education sector, and wide-ranging experience of international schools, she has coached and mentored educators and educational decision-makers throughout the UK and on four continents.
Clarissa’s career has spanned the UK maintained and independent sectors as well as international education around the world. Her non-executive career is equally wide-ranging: she served on the Board of the Royal Ballet School for eleven years, is currently a Fellow of Winchester College, a Trustee of the African Gifted Foundation and a Trustee of the British Museum where she chairs the British Museum Friends Advisory Council. Latterly, her special commitment to the education of girls has led her to focus on the future of women in society and in the workplace: what needs to change to enable women to make their full contribution to the modern world. Clarissa is a sought-after speaker on leadership, women’s empowerment and education in the widest sense.
In The Making of Us: Why School Matters (HarperCollins, 2019) Clarissa uses the lens of her own education and career to take the reader through the arc of the school year, exploring questions of culture, community and the role of the brick-and-mortar school in a digital society. She reveals too the challenges of leading a high performing, high profile institution in a major capital city.