Pat Preedy was until recently a GEMS Chief Academic Officer for GEMS Education specialising in Early Childhood.  Pat has had a long and distinguished career in education including being Head Teacher of one of the first Beacon Schools in the UK, Executive Principal of a boarding school catering for pupils from 3 months to 18 years and a reporting Inspector for ISI (Independent School Inspectorate).  She completed her Masters in Educational Management, particularly investigating how schools can work in partnership with parents, and a Doctorate in Education. 

Pat has spearheaded several projects including developing leadership at all levels, performance and change management, Neuro-Developmental Delay – the link between movement and cognitive development and ‘Accelerated Learning’.   As Honorary Research Consultant for Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association) Pat has conducted extensive research into meeting the educational needs of multiple birth children.   She was part of the team that developed the performance indicators in primary schools value added baseline assessments (University of Durham CEM centre).  

Pat is passionate about early childhood education and has led international research contributing greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the development and needs of babies and young children, and what is meant by quality in the early years.  She is currently leading an initiative with Cache (Council for Awards in Health and Education) to train early years practitioners and classroom assistants, and a Masters programme in partnership with ISA (Independent Schools Association) and The University of Winchester.  Pat is well-known as a keynote speaker on all of these areas as well as for conducting practical workshops on all aspects of early childhood.