Leadership Advisor - Team Leader - Southern Region

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - see Summary of Practice

Grant is the Team Leader for Leadership Advisors in the Southern Region (Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast, Canterbury, Otago/Southland). He and his team work primarily with beginning principals and other principals as the need arises.

Grant left Ōpāwa School at the end of 2015 where he had been principal for 13 years. Grant has over 30 years teaching and leadership experience in the Canterbury region. During this time played an active role in contributing to the sector including 6 years as an executive member of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association and as a beginning principal mentor. In 2010 Grant was seconded to the Leadership and Management advisory team at UCED Plus. In 2016 he worked as an education consultant and MoE accredited PLD facilitator.

His areas of expertise and interest include:

•    Leadership development – Principals & Middle Leaders

•    Inquiry & knowledge building for improvement and innovation

•    Strategic planning & change management

•    Professional conversations to enhance capability & collective capacity

•    Establishing & facilitating professional learning clusters

•    Strengthening teacher capacity to engage with & meet diverse learner needs

•    New Zealand Curriculum – NZC principles, design, review & development

•    Community consultation & engagement

•    Culturally responsive practice

Grant is passionate about supporting school leaders and teachers in developing their capacity for solving complex problems through professional conversations and collaborative inquiry. He has extensive knowledge of the BES leadership capabilities and dimensions and how these can be developed in schools to achieve high quality teaching and learning.

Grant has an Advanced Diploma of Teaching, Certificate in Educational Management and is an accredited Open-to-Learning facilitator.

When not at work, you may find Grant tramping or snowboarding in the Southern Alps, walking his dogs at New Brighton beach or in his garden. He loves playing guitar with ‘The Headmasters’ who have entertained Canterbury Primary Principals at their annual conference dinner over the last few years.