Professor Pat Preedy (PhD, Med, Bed (Hons)) is Executive Principal of GEMS Sherfield School (IBD qualified) and Chief Education Officer for GEMS UK, having joined the company in 2002 as a member of the GEMS Advisory Board.
Pat has had a long and distinguished career in education, including being Head Teacher of a Beacon School for 12 years and Chair of the Solihull Partnership of Schools. She completed her Masters in Educational Management, particularly investigating how schools can work in partnership with parents, and a doctorate in Education. Qualified with Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology, Pat has spearheaded several projects, including Nursery and Early Years Education, Fit for Learning, Accelerated Learning, Performance Management and Special Needs. She was also part of the team that developed the performance indicators in primary schools value-added baseline assessments (University of Durham CEM centre).
Pat is a Professor (Curtin University, Western Australia); visiting lecturer at the University of Winchester and member of the ISA Executive Board and Professional Development Committee. She is qualified as an Ofsted and ISI inspector and School Improvement Partner. In partnership with ISA, Pat has developed a ground-breaking pathway for teachers and senior leaders to obtain additional qualifications up to Masters level.
As a respected adviser and consultant, she has worked extensively to develop global links in other areas of the world including the Middle East, North America, Europe and Australia.