Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute are excited announce that the very first Global Social Leaders Festival will be taking place at the Festival of Education at Wellington College on Thursday 21st June 2018.

The GSL Festival is a day of inspiration that gives young people the tools to create transformational social change. On the day we will be joined by more than 70 teachers and students representing 10 schools from across the UK. We’re looking forward to welcoming young people from:

Aureus School, Shrewsbury School, Blessed Hugh Farringdon Catholic School, Rendcomb, Bitterne Park School, Wellington Academy, Wellington School, Wellington College, Townley Grammar SchoolGordons School and Duke’s Aldridge Academy.

Following the Festival participants will be challenged to design and launch a local social action project that addresses one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will also showcase the achievements of this years’ SDG competition teams who are leading GSL projects around the world.

On the day there will be a mixture of inspirational speakers, a showcase of student-led projects and interactive workshops to develop the confidence, leadership and global understanding of the participants.

GSL Festival Guest Speakers

We are excited to announce our specially selected guest speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise in the fields of global development, social enterprise and service learning. Our speakers will include:

Alexander Woollcombe, Director Woollcombe Consulting

Zander is an advocacy, communications and campaigns consultant with over a decade of experience in Foundations, NGOs, international organisations and political parties. He has worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bono’s ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Peace Child International and a range of smaller NGOs and high profile individuals from David Cameron to

Tamzin Ractcliffe, CEO Impact Trust and Ashoka Fellow

Tamzin has worked across the public, private and civil society sector providing advisory services and training in high impact solutions for sustainable development. As founder of GreaterCapital and GreaterGood SA (voted one of the Top Ten most trusted NGOs in South Africa), she led the creation of the world’s first social stock exchange, promoting social finance globally. Tamzin led the first Integrated Studies curriculum for secondary school youth in South Africa and most recently led the inaugural programme for 36 UK educators and 24 youth together with Ashoka Changemaker Schools and UWC Atlantic College.

Alex Bell FRSA, Portland Education

Alex is an experienced and sought-after facilitator, conference speaker, leadership coach and senior leader in education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a member of its Innovative Education faculty and Fellowship Councillor for creative education globally. He is a professional ambassador for the British Council and is currently researching a book on ‘Bold, brave and authentic leadership’ for school leaders. Alex is working alongside Future Foundations to develop GSL STEAM.

Katy Granville-Chapman, Professional Development and Performance Lead at Wellington College

Katy is a geography teacher and previously the Director of the Wellington Leadership Institute​. Before Wellington, Katy served in the British Army as a Troop Commander and then trained soldiers and young officers in leadership working in Iraq, Nepal, the USA and across Europe. Katy’s research interests focus on developing leaders who cultivate flourishing and she has advised the Government, Cabinet Office and Civil Service on leadership and character development.

Festival of Education

GSL Festival will be taking place alongside the Festival of Education at Wellington College. The Festival of Education is a two day event bringing together the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change, policy makers and teachers at one of the leading forums for thought leadership, CPD and debate. As a teacher attending GSL Festival you will have the opportunity to visit some Ed Fest sessions and join the thousands of other Festival-goers to explore, celebrate, learn, debate and connect. For more information about the Festival of Education please click here.

 Following GSL Festival, participating students will be challenged to create project teams and social action project(s) to put the theory they learn into practice. They will return to attend our annual festival, allowing them to showcase their work and be inspired by others.


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