Dr Helen Wright, International Education Advisor and Executive Coach

Helen has an energetic career spanning twenty-five years to date in the UK and international education sector, including thirteen years leading top schools in the UK and Australia with a vigorous strategic vision.

She has had a number of national and international roles, including Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools’ Council, President of the UK Girls’ Schools Association, and Chair of the Research Group of the World Leading Schools’ Association. She was Tatler UK’s ‘Best Head of a Public School’ in 2011.

In Edinburgh Helen has developed an active portfolio career in international education, combined with a solid focus on social mobility for Scotland’s young workforce. Her most recent book, Powerful Schools: how schools can be drivers of social and global mobility, focuses on the opportunities that global opportunities offer to even the most disadvantaged of young people. 

She is a regular speaker at international education conferences, on topics including internationalising schools and engaging with digital technologies to extend global educational and career opportunities for young people.

Since 2016 she has worked with AISNSW in Sydney to lead sessions for new principals on school internationalisation strategies, including setting up campuses abroad and attracting more international students. 

In her role as executive coach of international school leaders, Helen currently coaches several senior international school leaders in post (and transitioning between roles) in various parts of the world, including Hong Kong, Dubai, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. As an Associate of LSC Education (international executive search), she has helped to recruit numerous candidates for roles in international schools across the world. 

Helen also has several non-executive and advisory board roles in the UK and overseas and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

She is a trustee of Changing the Chemistry, a Scottish organisation dedicated to developing more diverse boards, and combines these perspectives on how to support more diverse pipelines with her insights into international education.

Presenting on: Developing the next generation of project managers – diverse perspectives from the global world of education

Synopsis: Helen’s presentation will provide insights into the currents and movements driving the world of education globally, and will draw out learnings for the development of the next generation of project managers. International-mindedness, the value of diversity, and social mobility - each will be explored, and the audience challenged to see how they might embrace them.

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