Keynote Speakers

Judy A. Alston

Professor, Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs, Ashland University

Educational Leadership and Policy in the 21st Century: Values, Vision, Voice, and Virtue

Judy A. Alston is a Professor in the Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs at Ashland University. A southerner by birth, she hails from Charleston, SC. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.Div. from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education both from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop College. An educator for 30 years, she is a prolific author, speaker, and presenter. She is the author of many articles, book chapters, and books including, Herstories: Leading with the Lessons of the Lives of Black Women Activists and School Leadership and Administration: Important Concepts, Case Studies, & Simulations (7th, 8th, 9th, and upcoming 10th editions). She is also ordained as a Reverend in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Viviane Robinson

Distinguished Professor, School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland

Keynote: TBA

Viviane specialises in school improvement, leadership and the relationship between research and the improvement of practice. Viviane has received awards from national and international professional organisations including the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the New Zealand Secondary Principals Association. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for sustained excellence in educational research. Over the last year, Viviane has been made an Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit for her services to education and won the University of Auckland’s Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Research Commercialization. She has also been appointed by the New Zealand Minister of Education as an expert adviser to the OECD conference on the education profession and assigned as one of nine national judges of the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

Gillian Hamilton

Chief Executive of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership

Keynote: TBA

Gillian took up post as the first Chief Executive of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership in September 2014. She has worked in Scottish education for 27 years and has held posts as a Primary Teacher, Senior Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Head Teacher in schools in Glasgow, North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. As CPD Co-ordinator and then Quality Improvement Officer in East Ayrshire, she worked extensively on professional learning and leadership programmes and is passionate about their importance in promoting quality in teaching. She also led the authority’s work on the Scottish Qualification for Headship and the Flexible Route to Headship. Gillian was Head of Educational Services at GTC Scotland for three years before becoming Chief Executive. At GTC Scotland she led the revision of the Professional Standards and the pilot programmes of Professional Update, which was rolled out nationally in August 2014. She contributes regularly to educational conferences, seminars and events.





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“The BELMAS Annual Conference is of great value as it provides attendees with the opportunity to present and dialog will colleagues from throughout the world in an intimate setting.”

Jami Royal Berry
Co-Director, UCEA Center for the International Study of Educational Leadership

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Michelle D. Young
Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

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Programme Director MA Educational Leadership, University of Manchester

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Stelios Orphanos
Lecturer of of Educational Administration and Policy, Frederick University

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“[The conference] was an excellent chance for me to present my research findings to a knowledgeable leadership audience. As BELMAS members are a mixture of practitioners in schools…and working academics, which brings together the theoretical and the practical, this is a great opportunity for everyone to expand as well as present their knowledge in this area.”

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Leader of Learning, Hazelbury School