Helen Kelly is a researcher, writer and speaker in the field of school wellbeing. Between 2006 and 2020, when she retired from her work as a school principal, Helen led international schools in Bangkok, Berlin and Hong Kong. Prior to this she spent a decade as a member of the English legal profession, representing employees in the area of health and safety at work, with a focus on industrial accidents and diseases.

Helen is most known for her work on school leader stress and wellbeing. She was awarded an Ed.D from the University of Birmingham, UK in 2017 with a thesis entitled “International Schools as Emotional Arenas: Facing the Leadership Challenges in a German Context”. She also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

Helen has a worldwide audience for her blogposts, articles, speaking engagements and workshops. Through her work as The Positive Principal, she aims to provide practical support to teachers, school leaders and those responsible for running and supporting schools, to enhance wellbeing and maximise the potential of the whole school community.

Helen is currently based in beautiful North Wales.

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