Liz Free in school

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 learning and development for school improvement. This journey has enabled me to develop and lead one of the UK’s largest education professional learning and development services before founding the International Leadership Academy (ILA), The Hague, The British School in the Netherlands (BSN). This physical and metaphorical centre is learning and development home for international schools across Europe as well as the learning for school improvement arm of the BSN, the largest British international school in Europe with over 800 staff. I am particularly proud of developing the flagship International Professional Qualifications (iNPQs) and we work with around 2500 school staff every year.

Alongside this work I am also a global board member for the TES Institute and a strategic lead for WomenEd globally, with responsibility for Europe and Asia. I am a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and Fellow of RSA. I am author of the recently published ‘International Perspectives’ chapter of the Amazon number one bestseller ‘10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education’ book published by Sage (2019) and have also written for education publications such as TES, Schools Week, International Schools Magazine and Independent Schools Magazine. As a visible school leader, I advocate for the profession and speak around the world on the theme of leadership development and the global school workforce.

These are exciting times in the global village of education and I look forward to connecting, leading and developing learning, realising the potential we have to improve the world and securing bright futures for us all.


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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