Keynote Speakers

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, is a leading contemporary historian, educationalist, commentator and political author.

He was the Master of Wellington College, one of Britain’s leading independent schools, until 2015. He is author and editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, politics and education, was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, and is honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street.

His many other activities include being on the First World War Centenary Culture Committee, established by the Culture Secretary in 2013, and governor of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Jackie Beere

Jackie Beere is a leading educational trainer and consultant, a former Headteacher, School Improvement Partner, Advanced Skills Teacher, AST Assessor, life coach and NLP Master Practitioner.

Jackie moved from primary teaching into secondary as an English teacher and later Head of Teaching and Learning. She was one of the first Advanced Skills Teachers leading and implementing innovative teaching and learning strategies nationwide before becoming a Headteacher of her large secondary school in 2003. She was awarded an OBE in November 2002 for services to education, having trained many teachers and school leaders in the latest strategies for learning and developing emotionally intelligent leadership. She is now an author, trainer and school improvement consultant delivering training all over the world.

Her publications include ‘Creating the Learning School’, ‘The Learner’s Toolkit’ and ‘The Competency Curriculum Toolkit’. The latest best-selling books ‘The Perfect (Ofsted) Lesson’, ‘The Perfect Inspection’ ‘The Perfect Teacher Coach’ and ‘The Perfect Teacher’ are part of a series of practical handbooks for achieving outstanding learning for teachers and students.

Jackie’s new book ‘GROW: change your mindset, change your life – a practical guide to Thinking on Purpose’ (published by Crown House) is full of case studies and strategies to help us manage our thinking so we can become more resilient and develop a growth mindset.

Chimp Management: Introduction to the mind: Developing Insight and Emotional Skill in Education

This keynote presentation introduces ‘The Chimp Paradox Model’ by Professor Steve Peters. The model is a practical approach to understanding neuroscience, and how the structure and function of the brain influences our emotions and behaviour. By gaining insight into the key players in our minds and what the rules are, individuals are able to develop emotional skills which can help to attain quality of life and optimise individual and team performance.

The model has helped support success in British Cycling and other Team GB and Professional Sports, and in Education, Business and Health. They use experiential activities, practical examples from Olympic sport and everyday living, and storytelling to bring the neuroscience to life and to enable participants to leave the presentation with practical tools to begin working with straight away.

Learning objectives:
• To gain an insight into the structure and function of the mind
• To learn about the rules of the brain and what it can and cannot do
• To apply practical principles to daily living to manage emotional interference and hijacks
• To understand how to relate to others to get the best out of them

Dean Coomber

Dean completed his BSc (hons) in sport science in 2004 and MSc in Psychology in 2011 to compliment years of practical experience working first for the Sports Council of Wales, followed by several years as a Royal Air Force physical training instructor and rehabilitation specialist.

Prior to joining the Chimp Management Team, Dean enjoyed a hugely successful, varied and exciting 26 year military career where he rapidly progressed to the

top of his rank structure while leading several dynamic teams in a variety of challenging environments. His last post in the military was in the privileged position of Professional Lead Advisor for Exercise Therapy at Headley Court, a Centre of Excellence for treating severely injured servicemen and women. 

In 2008 Dean was highly commended in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding team performance and again in 2009 by the Secretary of State for Defence. In 2014 he was awarded the Defence Medical Services academic prize for clinical research.

His greatest satisfaction comes from seeing others find meaning, achieve their goals and ultimately live a happier life. His passion for helping people is driven by a fundamental belief that life offers potential. Qualified and experienced in several aspects of training, Dean brings these experiences to his role as a Chimp Management Psychological Skills Mentor.

Dean admits to maintaining an all-round ‘reasonable level of fitness’ and he loves spending time with his family.

Sabrina Francis

Sabrina is an enthusiastic Psychological Skills Mentor, working predominantly within the Education Team. She is driven and inspired by a love of learning and supporting others on their journeys.

Sabrina completed her BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science and PGCE in Physical Education, both at Loughborough University. After completing her studies she worked in a Leicestershire upper school for 10 years as a PE teacher. Through her excellent leadership skills, she quickly went on to turn around an underperforming subject into one of the consistently highest achieving subjects in her school. It was after seven challenging and enjoyable years leading her department that Sabrina’s life-changing encounter with the The Chimp Paradox Model led her to join the Chimp Management team.

Sabrina has always been passionate about working with people, empowering them to improve their quality of life and realise their full potential. She has gained extensive experience of this through her leadership in schools and her training as a Personal Fitness and Motivation Coach.

Sabrina has always had a deep and long-standing interest in psychology, as she has found its application useful in both her personal and professional lives. It was, however, the discovery of The Chimp Paradox Model that ignited a deeper passion that had to be pursued and its powerful message shared.

Ed Smith

Ed Smith was educated at Tonbridge School and went on to Peterhouse, Cambridge to read history. During his time at Cambridge he earned full blues. He scored a century on his first-class debut for Cambridge University Cricket Club and graduated with a double first despite devoting much of his time to cricket. Ed played cricket for Kent, England and Middlesex where he was captain for two seasons - a period that included Middlesex’s first major trophy for 15 years.

He published his first three books during his years as a professional cricketer. Having retired when he broke his ankle aged 30, Ed became a leader writer for The Times. Alongside his writing and broadcasting, Ed founded the sports consultancy ‘Thinking-Sport’. In 2016, he was team consultant to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who reached the final of the IPL. In this presentation, Ed will look at the importance of balance, rest and change within the learning experience.