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The Magic in the Space Between: How a unique mentoring programme is transforming women’s leadership

The Magic in the Space Between: How a unique mentoring programme is transforming women’s leadership

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Responding to a challenge posed by state and independent school leaders, Ian Wigston put together a team of experienced leaders from business, the public sector and the military to enable nearly a hundred women to explore their potential for school leadership. 

The Magic in the Space Between explores how mentoring, in tandem with a variety of innovative community projects undertaken by the women, provided a platform for each of them to develop a range of skills which saw more than a quarter achieve promotion within two years. 

As well as telling the stories of individual success, frequently challenging their own assumptions, the book includes contributions from former Schools Minister David Laws, actor Juliet Stevenson and Commodore Mel Robinson, one of the most senior women in the Navy. 

The book concludes with proposals to address the continuing problem of building a pipeline of future women’s leadership in education. 


About the Author 

Ian has been an independent consultant and coach for more than 25 years. He specialises in coaching, innovation, and leadership development. He has undertaken projects for organisations as diverse as Barclaycard, Boeing, Boots Healthcare International, Santander and the Church of England and has been an advisor to the UK Government on Education Policy. 

Ian and his wife Hilary established Bright Field Consulting in 2013 and presently work with more than 100 state and independent schools in the UK. In one project, described by The Times as “unique”, Bright Field is enabling nearly 100 future women leaders by helping them develop their personal brands and marketing themselves more effectively in order to secure promotion. More than 25% of the cohort have won new roles.