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Diana Osagie

Speaker Summary

Director of the Academy of Women’s Leadership, Diana Osagie is one of the biggest trailblazers in educational leadership. With over 20 years of outstanding success in leading secondary education in London, Diana is nationally renowned for her promotion of resilience across whole-schools and her unparalleled ability to scrutinize and then develop successful school-wide models for enhanced teaching and learning. A best-selling author and university lecturer, she is the champion of leading schools out of difficult circumstances across the UK and the world. Who better for a post-covid world, than Diana?

Areas of Expertise

Whole-School Improvement – Curriculum and Policy – Leadership – Secondary

Full Profile

Diana’s route to the very forefront of education has not been a straightforward one, from struggling through A-level results and getting into university via clearing, to headteacher at the age of 39, to internationally celebrated leadership expert. Her success is due to the same mantra that she seeks to develop in all who train with her. In her own words: ‘I am the result of great expectations’.

With a diploma in Biomedical Sciences form the University of Wolverhampton, and a PGCE in Secondary Education from the University of Roehampton, Diana began teaching at the age of 24. 4 years later, she was made deputy head of her school, due to her innate drive to improve attainment across her whole school.

In 2010, Diana took on the role of Head Teacher at the Arts & Media School Islington, where she successfully led the school for 6 years. During this time, she also worked as a Secondary School Inspector, ensuring that schools up and down the country were providing the best learning environments possible for their students. She graduated from the Institute of Education (UCL) with a master’s degree in school effectiveness and school improvement in 2013.

Diana is the Founder and CEO of the Academy of Women’s Leadership, an institute that supports women in flourishing as confident, established leaders established and in growing the leadership cultures of their organisations. All of this experience and leadership pedigree makes her uniquely placed to understand the struggles of leading every school, in every cultural context. Do not miss opportunity to see Diana for yourself.


Diana recently entered the world of authorship with her acclaimed work:
- Courageous Leadership: An hour to quash the tummy flies in your butter! (2019)

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