John Nicholls

Co-Director of the Bilingual European School

Milan, Lombardy, ITALY

John Nicholls is the Co-Director of the Bilingual European School, Milan.  Previously, he was Assistant Director for Leadership Development across Nord Anglia’s 55 schools and was also responsible for Professional Development in Asia. He has a Masters degree in Coaching and Mentoring Practice, and is a published author focusing on resilience and creating positive working environments. John has led coaching skills, facilitation training and wellbeing workshops in over 30 countries.

He has twenty-eight years’ experience in education. During this time, he has been a primary and middle school teacher, primary head teacher and Leadership Development Adviser for the National College of School Leadership in the UK. He ran the award winning Norfolk Wellbeing Programme, which not only worked to improve the subjective wellbeing of 28,000 staff but also offered professional & personal support to over 400 school principals. In this role, he was also a consultant for the national Worklife Support organization. After five years in this role, John moved to the International Baccalaureate in Geneva and then The Hague. He recruited, trained and managed the performance of over a thousand workshop leaders, school visitors and consultants. John also carried out PYP authorization and verification visits in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, evaluated schools for BSO and Nord Anglia, and is a Lead Improvement Partner for COBIS (the Council of British International Schools).