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About Us at Fig Tree International



~ Our Mission ~

Our Mission is to support and challenge individuals, groups and organisations with developing and delivering world class education.

~ Our Vision & Aims ~  

Our vision is that all individuals, groups or organisations  aspiring to deliver world-class education feel confident in the support, challenge and collaboration available to them.

We are dedicated to making this happen.

We aim to Inform, Motivate and Inspire.


~ Our Values ~

  We believe in ;

  • in a global network which has the courage to shape a better future
  • leading by example, whilst promoting teamwork
  • striving for excellence, whilst maintaining perspective
  • working with integrity
  • adhering to the principles of best practice
  • promoting diversity and inclusion, empowering individuals 

~ Our Strapline ~



Information leads to transformation.”

Israelmore Ayivor 

(Israelmore Ayivor is an inspirational writer, blogger and speaker with the passion of informing people, reforming live and transforming society. His message  is for youths because he believes they are the future leaders of every nation.)



“Don’t wait for things to happen. Make them happen.”

Roy T. Bennett

(Roy T. Bennett is the author of The Light in the Heart. He loves sharing positive thoughts and creative insight that has helped countless people to live a successful and fulfilling life.)



Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

Maya Angelou

(Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist).


~ Our Story ~

The key function of Fig Tree International Ltd is to provide advice, challenge and support to schools and other organisations both in the UK and internationally.  The school improvement consultancy team fulfils this function and delivers a specialist offer to schools and other organisations.  

This service was established to give schools the opportunity to secure additional support and to provide high quality training and support.  Services offered complement and enhance the statutory and core functions.  

The team consists of experienced advisors/consultants with a strong track record of improvement and an understanding of educational contexts.  Advisors/Consultants all hold current DBS certificates.  Furthermore, we also work with corporate companies in a coaching and/or  team training capacity.

We are committed to ensuring a world class education system with a focus on Leadership, Teaching and Learning, innovative approaches to curriculum content and design and subject development and development and research.


"If you're going to be world-class, you have to focus."

Alan Mulally

(Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company.  Here are his five principles: optimism, empathy, holistic thinking, collaboration, and an open mind.)

We are an organisation which is positive, forward-thinking and forward-looking.  We are nationally and internationally focused and the fig tree is recognised internationally and is thought, by some, to have symbolic meaning.  

The Fig tree:

  • produces fruits in the right and proper time
  • symbolises enlightenment, courage, good strength and ability. These are the characteristics we would wish to see displayed in ourselves and the organisations and partners that we work with.
  • is a sign of stability - it is strong and well founded, as is our organisation
  • is productive and symbolises change
  • stands for prosperity and longevity

and finally,

  ' You Will Know Them by Their Fruits' 

Matthew 7 v20

~ Our Name ~

~ Our Founder ~

'I highly recommend Ann Palmer, one of the top CEOs in England and the world if you want to complete leadership CPD or professional development.  She is a visionary leader who has coached CEOs, Executive Heads, Senior and Middle Leaders and entry level candidates.


I have witnessed her inspirational workshops and coaching.  I recommend her and her team.  Do not hesitate to book her as a keynote speaker.  The audience will be enthralled.  She is a leadership guru, a national treasure and includes training global leaders overseas.'  Javay


Ann Palmer

CEO and Founder - Fig Tree Intl Ltd


Quoted as one of the top educators and experts to follow on Twitter

Ann Palmer has over 30 years of experience in schools and established a background in leading and turning around schools in challenging circumstances. Her exposure within the wider aspects of education has been both broad and diverse. She held headship roles in large, culturally-diverse schools in both primary and secondary phases. She is described as “a leader who leads with flair and vision” and is described as “inspirational”.

She was an experienced tutor on the NPQH programme, is an accredited executive Coach, and has been a keynote speaker for a variety of organisations including the SSAT, the National College and various MATs. Ann has a wealth of experience, having worked with governors, local authorities, the Department for Education as a School Improvement Partner, and universities in the UK and internationally. Ann’s coaching has led her into mentoring/supporting/coaching and appraising CEOs, principals, including international principals, and training other senior professionals in the teaching profession and in business. She is a qualified team coach also. She has facilitated on the NPQEL, NPQSL and Investing in Diversity programmes and is a MAT Trustee, School Governor and charity Trustee. As a Founding Fellow with the Chartered College of Teaching, she serves as a member of their Ethics Committee.

Ann is the founder of the ‘Confident Executive Leadership’ programme for black and Asian leaders, in addition to overseeing the accredited RACE Charter Mark for schools and colleges. She is the CEO of Fig Tree International, a company given international recognition in 2022. Ann was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 201


Ann is the CEO of Fig Tree International. She is an experienced school governor, a MAT Trustee, a Charity Trustee and a Non Executive Director.


As a practising Christian, Ann is values-led and is committed to addressing injustice in society and supporting individuals and organisations to be the best they can be.


Ann was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 2010.  


300 Years of Leadership and Innovation

Fig Tree International is proud to be one of a very small number of organisations represented in the Leadership and Innovation book.  Launched to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the appointment of Britain’s first prime minister & Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday, the book celebrates leadership across the full spectrum of British society & those pushing the boundaries of innovation.

The launch of the book was celebrated at an event in Westminster Abbey.


What Our Customers Are Saying

Ann is a dynamic leader who brings out the best in others. She is enthusiastic in her work with students and adults. She has medium and long term well thought out plans that help to improve the performance of both students, teachers, leaders and other employees within a workforce. Ann is a brilliant organiser. She has a great sense of humour and is a pleasure to work with.

- Angela Donaldson - SENDCo and Senior Leader 

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