Lizana Oberholzer is a senior lecturer in teacher education and programme lead for the University of Wolverhampton’s International MA in Education, as well as the Early Careers Framework and National Professional Qualifications for school leaders. She is passionate about leadership development, governance and teacher development. She is the BERA special interest group convenor for Teacher Education in England. In addition, she supports the BELMAS Research Interest Group for Governing and Governance as a convenor. Lizana is a BAMEed Trustee, and supports WomenEd as a regional lead in the West Midlands. She is actively involved in IPDA, and is currently the IPDA England Chair, as well as Vice Chair of the IPDA International committee. She is the Vice Chair for UCET’s CPD forum, and Chairs the APPG SIG for Teacher Development for the APPG for the Teaching Profession. She is a proud trustee of a Multi Academy Trust, and is a committed educator, striving to provide learners with learning opportunities and life-chances.
I am a committed educator, and work with school leaders, future leaders, and colleagues in further education as well as higher education to develop leadership across the education sector. As a BELMAS member, and RIG Convenor, I work in collaboration with a wide range of colleagues to continue to develop leadership across education, as well as develop our understanding of leadership and governance through research. By continuing to develop our understanding of leadership across the different dimensions will enable us to help others to develop agency to make a positive impact. BELMAS, over the years provided me with a wide range of opportunities to work with and support others on their journeys. Its rich and vibrant community provides colleagues at every stage on their leadership and academic journeys with the necessary support to move forward. I would like to continue to contribute through the BELMAS council in a similar way, to enable others to enjoy the excellent opportunities and support BELMAS offers all its members. I feel that my experience as a RIG convenor, as well as in a wide range of roles across the sector, will enable me to contribute to the work of BELMAS and its Council, in a meaningful, strategic and supportive way, to enable the organisation to continue with its work, providing excellent opportunities to its members.