Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools, before becoming an education adviser and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster, writer, comedian and a consultant for the Open University. On the speaking circuit, Gervase blends together tales from his time as an inspector with his natural wit, to make for a charming after-dinner speaker.
Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser, school inspector and visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside. He is a freelance lecturer, broadcaster, comedian, writer and a consultant for the Open University.
Mixing his natural wit with his background in education, he shares poignant tales of his life as a school inspector whilst also entertaining audiences as a raconteur.
In 2005, the highest academic award of Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor of the University (D.Univ.), was conferred upon him by the Chancellor, Professor Lord Robert Winston. In 2006, he became President of the School Library Association.
Well-respected in the field of academia, he has published many articles, online excerpts and books, which have received high acclaim and won various industry awards. Alongside his own work, he has edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections. He writes academic literature, autobiographical novels and children’s books.
Gervase also has a large media presence having appeared on a plethora of both television and radio shows, including: The Alan Titchmarsh Show; Good Morning Sunday with Aled Jones; Esther, Midweek; You and Yours; The BBC World Service; The Heaven and Earth Show and The Des O 'Connor Show, to name but a few.
Highly sought after for live events, in 2004 Gervase was awarded the ‘Speaker of the Year Award' from the Association of Speakers' Clubs; an award that cemented his place as a brilliant speaker on the circuit.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the English Speaking Board, President, a Fellow of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama and also an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University College.
Weaving together his natural ability for storytelling, his wit and ability to deliver a touching message, Gervase works as both an education speaker and an after-dinner entertainer.