OD Programme Alumni of the Year – Dr Richard Luker, Highclare School

Congratulations to Dr Richard Luker at Highclare School who collected the winner’s trophy for OD Programme Alumni of the Year.

Richard attended the Certificate in Performance Development Coaching to not only lead with a coaching style but also to develop a coaching culture at Highclare School. As the Head, he started with self-first – “be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

Richard saw the organisational benefits quickly to the school from a coaching culture, such as having a more distributed leadership and organisational learning and ultimately, a high performing school.

Richard had a clear set of success criteria to measure the impact of coaching. He also wanted coaching to be grounded in the school’s approach through aligning it with school strategy, governance and objectives and to be the way things are done around here.

It is unusual too for a school to start to develop a coaching culture which is down to Richard’s vision and foresight as a professional coach practitioner and a leader in education. This has been put into effect by his role-modelling of openness to learning with staff about his own learning journey, his upskilling of other managers in coaching and sharing of coaching practice with an institution within The Institute for Organisational Development community.

As a result, he appears to be instituting ‘learning organisation’ type practice and equipping his organisation for ongoing development and improvement. Positive results of developing a coaching culture are reported to be occurring.

Fellow finalists for this category were OD and Leadership Team; Matthew Darlow, Jayne Collingwood, Rachael Meal and Paula Gladwell from Leeds Teaching Hospitals

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