Nick Haisman-Smith


MA(Oxon), M.Ed, QTS, FRSA, MBPsS

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Cambridge, UK

Nick is an education leader and researcher whose work in the field of SEL reflects passion to support the wellbeing and success of young people, teachers and schools worldwide.

His work at IFSEL builds on fifteen years experience as an educator and non-profit leader in the US, UK and South Africa. As an educator, Nick specialised in teaching SEL in upper elementary, middle and high schools. He has been an Advisor and Advisory Coordinator and is rarely happier than when working to build engaging and sustainable Advisory Programs with schools.

His work includes the development of new SEL curricula including themes such as self-advocacy, growth mindset, media, digital citizenship, the adolescent brain, and the introversion/extraversion spectrum. Nick is passionate about issues of equity and inclusion with a particular focus on the LGBTQ+ community.

As a teacher-educator and speaker, Nick has given workshops and presentations at The Sunday Times Festival of Education, Talks at Google, the launch of the OECD Pisa Report on Student Wellbeing, and Ambition School Leadership. Nick has also led professional development workshops for over 4000 educators, and lectured at some of the UK and US’s top teacher training colleges.

As a non-profit leader in the UK, Nick was the CEO of Family Links, one of the UK’s leading emotional health charities. While at Family Links, Nick had the privilege of working with colleagues at Canterbury Christ Church University to co-create one of the UK’s first Post-Graduate Certificates in Social and Emotional Learning.

Nick is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He holds Masters degrees from The University of Oxford, Stanford University and The University of Bristol.  He is currently working towards his Doctorate of Education.

Nick and his husband live in the the UK, and have a young daughter.

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