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Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer is a former award-winning principal and positive disruptor who transcends the status quo and norms in leadership and education. Brewer built his reputation on results and performance, becoming affectionately known as “the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal” with his galvanizing message to "Be Relentless" and his high-octane delivery style.

Brewer consults with businesses and organizations worldwide on leadership, culture, organizational performance change, and improvement. As a beachheads adviser to the New Zealand Trade Enterprise, he also helps grow New Zealand businesses and advises on strategic development in the North American marketplace.

He’s an award-winning elementary and secondary school principal, having been named a National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the Year. Brewer also earned the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) School Bell Award, the ASCD Virginia Impact Award, was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine, and Principal of the Year by Education Dive. Prince William County Public Schools named Brewer the school division's Principal of the Year, and he was recently recognized by Omega U as the Principal of the Year. An elementary school he led was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Brewer has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Originally from New Zealand, Brewer earned a degree from the University of Auckland. He’s currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech University. Brewer is also the bestselling author of Relentless – Disrupting The Educational Norm. He previously served at the state level as the federal relations coordinator on the VAESP Board of Directors, and was a lead fellow for NAESP’s Center for Innovative Leadership.

He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working with some of the most at-risk students in the U.S.