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Gary Thornton

Almost true story. In 1975, when Gary found out that he was adopted, he vowed to run away and join the circus.

He jumped out of the bedroom window onto the soft grass of his Mum and Dad’s front garden (don’t fret, it was a bungalow), and assessed his options. His solid Clarkes shoes sank deeply into the lush turf and he had an immediate rethink. Life wasn’t so bad after all. Nice shoes. Lovely house. Loving parents. Could be that he already had everything he needed to flourish? Instead of hotfooting it to Billy Smart’s, Gary carved a career in teaching. He never achieved ring master, but did rise to the lofty position of head teacher before jacking it in and retraining as a coach and NLP geek.

A Black Country born and bred, G2 likes to tell stories – true and not so true. Luckily for us, he’s really good at supporting businesses, schools and communities to flourish and to thrive.

Gary studied Education at University in Bristol, he went on to have a long and distinguished career in primary education including nearly fifteen years in school management. Now he dedicates his time to being a performance coach and an Art of Brilliance trainer. Gary is happiest when he is working with schools, small businesses, housing associations and community teams focusing on inspiring people to unearth their own true brilliance and to helping people to find their true purpose.

Gary has had extensive experience of leading through change. Whist he was a headteacher he began setting up and maintaining supportive collaborations, clusters and networks of schools. He has tried and tested pragmatic skills in bringing people together and inspiring teams and teamwork and to help others to find the best versions of themselves.