Make The Impossible Feel Doable

Sir David Carter

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"The job of a leader is to make the impossible feel doable."

Starting as a music teacher, Sir David Carter has spent thirty years in school leadership before becoming one of the first Regional Schools Commissioners and then serving as National School Commissioner between 2016 and 2018. Sir David is the author of "Leading Academy Trusts: Why some fail, but most don’t."

Currently, Sir David Carter is the Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute, and a Trustee of the Laidlaw Foundation, Centrepoint, Teaching Awards & Talent Foundry Trust.

Check out our webinar with Sir David Carter to learn about successful academy trust leadership, or listen to the session as an episode of The Good Leader podcast

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

Drop me a line if you have any questions about the site, or if you'd just like to chat! I am always down to meet interesting people, so let's get [virtual] coffee ☕️