SEC Conference 2017. "Fanning the Flames of Hope"- A message for Education Consultants.


My #Oneword2017 is Hope so I became very excited during my conversation with Ian Wigston who will be delivering our keynote on May 5th, as he shared his story with me. Two metaphors converged to inspire me.

We began by taking about what had inspired him to move into Education Consultancy from a background in banking. See his profile here. 


What created the drive for you to move into Education Consultancy?


Two things. I keynoted about my work in leadership at a conference in California and was approached by a group of people who were starting a new Charter School and were inspired by what I had said. That led to working with them and their colleagues in establishing and building part of their curriculum. Around the same time, I attended a parents’ evening at my son’s school and was talking to the Head about the work I was then doing in the corporate world. He invited me to meet his SLT, which led to our working with them and subsequently their students. The common factors are that education consultancy is better developed today, and that consequently interventions are more sophisticated and effective.


What is behind the name of your company 'Bright Field’?


There is a poem of the same name by RS Thomas, which my wife and I heard at a retreat and were inspired by its message, namely that to find buried treasure of any kind one had to dig deeper.

The Bright Field

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had treasure in it.
I realise now that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

The Bright Field – by R S Thomas

What would you most like consultants attending the SEC Conference to take away from your Keynote and Workshop?


That the more one can anticipate and have rehearsed how to deal with challenges, for good or ill, the more equipped you will be to support your clients and yourself. It should fan the flames of hope.


What top three tips would you give anyone considering moving into consultancy today? 


· It takes time to build a brand, no matter what your legacy from your previous job might be.

· Define your values clearly and explicitly for you and your clients.

· If you do the work because it matters to you, the rewards will follow.

We hope that you will join us at the conference. You can get ticket here.

I love the way that metaphors can converge- a bright field of flaming,flicking hopes, lets get together and fan them!


#HopeInAction2017 #leadership‍ 

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Exec. Coaching Consultant; Director: Society for Education Consultants. FLT & DfE Coach.

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Naomi Ward Naomi Ward @naomiw 9 months ago
What a wonderful poem - I'm so pleased I've found it. I moved from teaching in 2014 and am trying to find my way in consultancy and keep sight of the treasure, the pearl, the bright field. This an important reminder to remember what resides there. 'And the rewards will follow...' Here's hoping!
Glad you found some inspiration Naomi, why not consider coming to the conference. Take a closer look here, at our eventbrite page. Early Bird Tickets have been extended until March 31st.
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