Gill Kelly

Director & Lead Coach

Gill Kelly knows what it means to lead and to learn. As a former headteacher of three different and diverse schools she brings great creativity, insight and gravitas to those that she works with. Her soulful yet sassy approach to life is reflected in her fundamental belief in the innate ability of people to change themselves and their setting. Gill is an artist who works in oil on a large abstract scale.

As a CTI-trained coach she has an invaluable toolkit to help others achieve the life that they want.

When not splashing oil paints around canvas or pursuing a bargain pair of brightly-coloured shoes Gill delivers across all of the MSB programmes and is responsible for the strategic development of the company.

She believes that life and learning are far too important to be taken too seriously. A giggle solves most things.


Qualified Co-Active-Training Institute (CTI) Core Curriculum Coach.

Gill specializes in coaching leaders in international education.

Example clients include:

Executive Board Member, Dulwich International
Head of School, Tanglin Trust School
Senior Partner, Accountancy Firm
Director, Government Department


Making Stuff Better Ltd. – Director & Lead Coach


As founding director of Making Stuff Better, Gill leads the growth of our 1:1 coaching and leadership development portfolio. With a particular focus board-level executive leadership, she brings her experience of school leadership to our 1:1 coaching and mastermind design & delivery.

Headteacher, Sexey’s School, Somerset


Sexey’s is state boarding school in the UK. Gill was asked to be the interim Headteacher to improve its boarding provision and academic standards. She achieved both goals in her tenure as Headteacher.

Executive Principal, Springwell Lincolnshire Pupil Referral Unit


The unit is a county wide provision comprising of six buildings and 300 students who had been permanently excluded from their mainstream schools. Gill was tasked with taking the setting out of Special Measures, which she did by the end of her tenure.

Principal, City Academy, Bristol


Located in the 14th most deprived ward in the UK, City Academy is multicultural inner-city secondary school with approximately 1000 on roll. I led the Academy through an efficiency and school improvement drive leading to a Good OfSTED judgement in 2012


Simon De Montfort University
BA Hons History of Art and Design, 1986–1989

National College of School Leadership, UK
National Professional Qualification for Headteachers, 2005


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