Mark Solomons, is the author of ‘Building Resilience: 7 Steps to Creating a Highly Successful Life’, and has worked to support school leadership teams to build outstanding and high performance cultures since 2007.
He has been a school governor for over 15 years, chaired a trust of fifteen schools and was heavily influenced by growing up with a teaching mother. He made a career switch into supporting schools, when he co-founded a national charity, and helped launch the Be the Best You Can Be programme, taking Olympians into schools as part of the 2012 Olympic legacy. This has seen over 150,000 school students undertake programmes to develop the mindset and skills needed for a more fulfilled and successful life.
Prior to this he was a senior leader in business, and as retail director for Sainsbury’s Bank, led a national team of over 500 people, in a multi-stakeholder environment. Managing this challenging environment, helped him quickly learn the importance of helping individuals to self-lead and that good wellbeing was integral to high performance.
Mark has also developed the 63 lesson plan character curriculum Successful Lives, launched a wellbeing Academy working with 17 schools (and growing) in Northern Ireland, is leading women in leadership programmes sponsored by the National College of Leadership and Teaching and coaches headteachers and other senior leaders.
Sharon Ferguson is an experienced HR and Learning and Development professional, working with companies such as Sainsbury’s, Thomas International and currently supporting Bard, holding roles at both grass roots and senior management level. She has expertise in psychometrics, covering; behaviour, emotional intelligence, aptitude and ability, 360 assessment and employee engagement tools. These have given her a deep understanding of how to get the best out of others and the role people play in leading the wellbeing of others, as well as managing their own.
Here passion for working with schools and teachers say her as the catalyst for creating the Thomas International Education division and she has led many projects using psychometrics with leaders, staff and students.
Amanda Solomons, a former senior leader, has dedicated the last ten years to improving the life of working parents and carers, and other staff looking to find a better life balance. Amanda is nationally accredited by the National Open College Network, Family Caring Trust, Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young, Strengthening Families and has trained with the Fatherhood Institute.
She has been a Governor for over 15 years, is a MAT director, and has delivered programmes for schools covering both staff and parents.
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