I was very saddened to hear recently of the sudden death of Patrick Whitaker.
Like many, I was greatly influenced by his wise approach to thinking about management and leadership in schools and Children's Centres. Patrick was always a kind, thoughtful and absolutely supportive tutor to me throughout my MA.
Last week, as a small tribute, I used his book Managing Change in Schoolsin a training course I was running.
I was struck again by his composed and civilised tone in a field that attracts show-offs and worse. He will be missed.