Message from our Chair - Rehana Shanks

831 gillhowlandWelcome to our BELMAS website. I hope that you will take the opportunity to look at the wide range of opportunities that BELMAS offers to anyone interested in educational leadership.

Our members come from a very wide range of different educational settings from the UK and overseas, including schools, colleges, universities and other educational organisations. Several of our members are on the first rung of the leadership ladder and we encourage their contribution equally alongside that of our experienced educational leaders and researchers. Together, our members contribute to making BELMAS an open, diverse, supportive and stimulating society.

A unique feature of BELMAS is that we bring together practice, research and theory, and through this blend of experience and interest, provide opportunities to grow and learn, to tap into and build networks of common interest, to see things through different eyes and to challenge ideas in a supportive environment. We value highly the different insights and perspectives that our members bring and that our individual and collective experience offers. We are passionate about encouraging discussion, debate, reflection and the sharing of ideas in order to develop our professional practice, to challenge views and to take an objective, non political perspective on developments in the field of educational leadership.

From a personal point of view, education has changed my life, opening up doors to life chances that I would never have dreamt possible. BELMAS has played an important role in my career, by bringing me into contact with a wide range of interesting and supportive people who together have a vast amount of experience and knowledge. This has enriched my professional practice and provided me with insight and understanding at the times when my role as a leader has been frustrating, stressful and seemingly impossible.

Our Annual Conference in July is the highlight of the year and brings together people from all over the world. Friendships are renewed, minds are stretched, creative ideas are born and people have fun! Participants often report that they are inspired and re-energised for the year to come. 

Whether you are at the beginning of your career in education, or have years of experience behind you, do think about joining us. Take a look at our website and if you’d like further information don’t hesitate to contact us at our email address:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rehana Shanks

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