Chris Kistan

I am passionate about empowering leaders and improving the performance and productivity of organisations. I have a proven track record of surpassing expectations and thriving in challenging circumstances.  

My experience ranges from improving standards in state schools facing challenging circumstances in inner cities to rebranding, marketing and improving the public image and profitability of private schools across England. Working at a local authority and national level which has provided me with the opportunity to deliver at an accelerated pace, with renowned education partners, from a unique perspective.  

My recent experience of being a Principal of an independent SEN school allowed me to exercise my talents and skills to develop a provision that commanded an annual fee of £46K per learner for a day placement. I improved the roll from 12 when I arrived in July 2012 to 70 in September 2017 and moved the school from “Requiring Improvement” to “Good (2014 Regs)”. I engineered brand awareness campaigns to improve local authority buy-in of offer which ultimately led to HRH Princess Sophie visiting the school in July 2017.  

I specialise in delivering coaching and mentoring solutions in the areas of Leadership Development, Safeguarding and Effective Business Practices in schools. My leadership development programme is centred on my Passionate Authentic Leadership model that I developed whilst studying at the Institute of Education and at Canterbury Christchurch University.  Over a 3 year period, I used my model to train 3 teachers that are now heads of schools in schools across England.  

I regard myself as the critical friend of an organisation. I develop strong relationships with all stakeholders of the school (leaders, children, staff, governors, parents and the wider community) through trust, enthusiasm, use of my team cohesion skills and empathy.  

I am a leadership support professional with an innate ability to motivate and inspire senior leaders to bring out the best in the school community. I am currently working with Prof Kathryn Riley at the IOE on supporting schools in their understanding and delivery of “Schools as Places of Belonging” and developing an international kite mark for schools that are happy places.