Gill Howland

Gill HowlandGill is the Immediate Past Chair of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society.

Gill worked for a few years in industry, before finding her vocation in education.  She has taught in schools, further and higher education, and has enjoyed working across the whole age and ability range.

Her personal experiences are central to her belief that education is the key to  unlocking potential, both for individuals and for society as a whole. Throughout her career she has championed the right to good quality, inspirational education for all.  She has always chosen to work in areas of multiple disadvantage and has a track record in working with schools, colleges and universities to improve leadership, learning and achievement.

Gill has extensive experience in strategic leadership across the compulsory education sector as well as in further and higher education. Her leadership roles have included Local Authority Chief Education Adviser, Executive Director in two West Midlands Learning and Skills Councils and Executive Pro Vice Chancellor ( Academic) at Staffordshire University.  She has directed and engaged in various research projects, mainly in the area of 14-19 education and was a member of the (Labour) Government’s 14-19 External Advisory group.  She is a strong supporter of educational collaboration and has led a number of Local Authority wide collaborative developments including the nationally acclaimed Knowsley 14-19 collegiate.

From 2007 to 2012, Gill served as a board member, then Deputy Chair of CILT, the National Centre for Languages.  She was also Vice Chair, then Chair of the YMCA’s national training organisation, as well as a board member of YMCA North Staffordshire.  Between 1999 and 2007, she was involved in regeneration work in Merseyside and the West Midlands, where she chaired a  multi agency group  developing education and training.   At present, she is Chair  of Governors of a  rapidly improving Secondary Academy in Stoke on Trent,  a Governor of a village primary school and a member of Derby University’s Governing Council.

Gill works independently as an advisor and consultant.  She is in demand as a facilitator, reviewer and speaker.  She has often been described as ‘a breath of fresh air’ and is known for being approachable and down to earth. Her outside interest include running, cycling and swimming.  She loves dancing.  For the past seven years she has been Chair of a local choir and she also attempts to play guitar in a local band.  Since 2008, she has been a volunteer ranger for Natural England, checking weekly on ponies, sheep and the beautiful landscape of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District.

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