Meet the Speakers

For one night only, Drew Povey, Headteacher of Harrop Fold School, will be crossing the county border and joining us to Educate Lancashire! 


In 2001, Harrop Fold School was regarded as one of the worst performing schools in the UK. Since his appointment into a senior role in 2005 and then Head teacher in 2010, Drew and the other members of ‘Team Harrop’ have been successful in raising the exam results to the best in the school’s history, an Ofsted rating from Special Measures to Good, and improving the attitudes and behaviour of students, which was key to the school’s improvement – all achieved against the backdrop of what was the country’s largest school budget deficit.


Starting his career as a classroom teacher, Drew won the prestigious ‘Teacher of the Year’ award, recognising him as an outstanding classroom practitioner with a focus on behaviour management.

Now as Executive Headteacher, Drew works on a programme of school improvement and mentoring with other Headteachers. He also advises leaders in other business sectors, elite sport, the police and the NHS.

Drew and the Harrop Fold story have recently been the subject of Channel 4’s Educating Greater Manchester series.


In the 21st Century the rulebook has gone, experts have gone and the expectations of our workforces are changing daily…so how do we lead?

As the world changes, so does leadership; what we need is leadership now!

Through a unique style of leadership teaching Drew works with individuals, teams and organisations to find creative solutions to develop positive climates and sustainable change across all sectors. His unique multi-sector perspective has allowed him to build a variety of tools, methodologies and philosophies to encourage people to higher performance and towards achieving their true potential.


Mike Ode


Mike Ode is the owner and Director of Potential Unearthed, a Chorley based Management and Personal Development Training Company. Mike started the business along with his wife Sarah in 2009 and the business has gone from strength to strength ever since. 


 Mike is also a seasoned presenter and keynote speaker, presenting regularly at regional and national commercial events, business seminars and exhibitions. 



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