First and foremost, as a parent and educator, I passionately believe in the power of education to make the world a better place for adults and young people alike.

I have been a teacher and head teacher in some of the world’s leading schools before specialising in international professional learning and development. This journey has enabled me to develop and lead one of the UK’s largest education professional learning and development services and, most recently, I’ve become the founding Director of the International Leadership Academy (ILA), The Hague. This physical and metaphorical centre is the European home for professional learning and development for international schools across Europe as well as the performance, learning and development arm of the British School in the Netherlands, the largest British international school in Europe with over 800 staff.

Alongside the incredible work that we facilitate at the ILA, I am co-founder and leader of WomenEd Netherlands and European Lead for @WomenEd, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and author of ‘The Parents’ Guide to Primary Schools’ series and the recently published Amazon number one bestseller ‘International Perspectives’ chapter of ‘10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education’ book by Sage (2019).

My mission is to ensure we cultivate talent for education in all its guises that will afford future generations a quality global education. With staggering population growth, there has at no time been any greater a need than now for an outstanding education workforce, both in terms of its current supply and future pipeline. This is an urgent and pressing challenge for us all.

These are also exciting times as we rise to this challenge and strive to provide the very best education to ready our young people for bright and fulfilling futures. Opportunity abounds.


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Liz Free ‘International Perspectives’ Chapter Author – 2019 Porritt, V. and Featherstone, K. (eds.) 10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education. London: SAGE