I think it was probably sometime in 2001 when I sat chatting about my annual performance review with the Chair of my school board. It was a cold and dark early spring evening in Cambridge and I was coming towards the end of the second year of my first school headship.
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A History graduate from Cambridge University, Graham spent several years working in banking, editing and the legal world before discovering his life’s passion in teaching.
Originally from the West of England, Graham’s teaching career progressed through posts in Wales, Hampshire and West Berkshire before he took up his first Headteacher appointment at Netherhall School in Cambridge. His second Headship in the UK was at Gordano School, just outside Bristol, where he spent seven years, establishing the School as an independent Foundation School and having a building named after him!
In 2010, he set off on life’s great adventure and became Principal at South Island School, in Hong Kong where he spent 7 very happy years developing a school vision based upon much of the philosophy which underpins the UWC Mission. This adventure brought more bonus than he expected when he met his wife, Wendy, who speaks English a great deal more fluently than he speaks Cantonese. Graham and Wendy love sport (even running in the Singapore heat) and are enthusiastic hikers and cyclists. Wendy has even come to enjoy watching Manchester United play – a team that Graham has followed for longer than he is prepared to say.
Graham is a highly experienced leader with a particular focus on leading, developing and motivating high performing teams. He is an accredited coach and coach trainer and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK where he was also an accredited School Improvement Partner. He continues to work as a performance coach (pro bono) and helped to create a strong coaching culture in the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. His work in this area has been written up in the second edition of Best Practice in Performance Coaching by Carol Wilson. Graham holds a deep commitment to the UWCSEA mission and values and is at his happiest working with children and learning communities.