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Hamish Brewer

The Relentless Principal, Business Consultant, Bestselling Author and Inspirational Speaker

BIOGRAPHY

Hamish Brewer, known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from Northern Virginia, isn’t your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to
“Be Relentless.” Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.

Mr. Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized in 2017 as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year. He has also been recognized as the 2016 VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018 Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the Year for the online national publication – Education Dive. In 2019, Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school divisions’ Principal of the Year. In 2020, Hamish was recently recognized by Omega U as the principal of the year.

Under his leadership – his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Mr. Brewer is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker – motivating and inspiring audiences everywhere around the world, including being recognized as a TEDx speaker.  Originally from New Zealand where he earned his first degree from the University of Auckland. Mr. Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech University.  Hamish is the best selling author of “Relentless – Disrupting The Educational Norm, published in 2019.

Mr. Brewer previously served at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and is currently the lead fellow of 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 United States.

Mr. Brewer was highlighted as a Hometown Hero by Fox 5 in Washington, DC. With more than 32 million views and his story has become a viral sensation through the Freethink Docuseries “Relentless”, and being highlighted on all the national news broadcasts here in the US and in Australasia, including with NBC and Lester Holt. Mr. Brewer is also featured in the skateboarding humanitarian documentary Humanity Stoked.

VIDEO

  • Part 1: Freethink

  • Part 2: Freethink

  • Part 3: Freethink

  • Clip from EducationWeek

TESTIMONIALS

Hamish brings energy, excitement and knowledge to each event.

Here are just a few of the many RAVE reviews Hamish has gotten after his speeches:

“Hosting Hamish Brewer was an absolutely amazing and wonderful experience. He exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much for everything!”
-Keyport Public Schools, NJ

“Hamish’s 2nd virtual presentation in a month for us and it was fantastic!  Our staff loved him and gave us tons of great feedback.  It was a pleasure working with all of you.”
-North Central Educational Service District, WA

“Hamish Brewer delivered the Wow! at our annual summer conference in June.  A keynote presentation of extremely high energy.  He is engaging, personable, passionate and packed with great thoughts and ideas for administrators on how to energize schools.”
-Virginia Elementary Principals Association

“High energy, great message, powerful impact- that’s what Hamish brought to our Leadership Conference!  District leadership, school leadership and teams are still raving about him!  One of the best speakers we’ve ever had. He has inspired us to be more and do more! Big Impact!”
-Anne Arundel Public Schools, MD

“Hamish Brewer is a dynamic speaker, motivator and leader.  He brought an energy to the Digital Learning Conference that will forever be difficult to emulate. The buzz that was created when we announced him as our speaker was continued throughout the course of the day and on social media, far into the evening after his speech.  We couldn’t have been happier with his message, passion and determination to inspire people to be the best for the students and communities that they work with.”
-Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA

Here’s what people are saying about Hamish and his book, Relentless:

“Hamish Brewer is exactly what is needed in education today.  Hamish Brewer is breaking the stereotype, getting results and relentlessly fighting for all kids.” I
-Paul Felder -UFC Fighter, Sports Analyst

“Ultimately, Relentless is not a book about tattoos and skateboards, it is a book about courage.  Courage to be yourself and courage to do whatever it takes to make a difference for your colleagues and for your students.  Hamish Brewer has found his passion and his purpose….and he pursues both with reckless abandon.  In this book, Brewer throws down the challenge for us to do the same.  It is a challenge we all must answer.”
-Danny Steele – Educator, Author, Speaker

“If you have ever heard Hamish Brewer speak in person, you have been blown away by his passion and charisma!  With “Relentless,” he has translated the fire he releases on stage into word form. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to find purpose in their life!”
-Michael Bonner – Educator, Author, Speaker

“Hamish proves that passion, love and thinking outside the box have the power to change children’s lives.  He is a personal hero of mine, an educator I desperately needed in my younger life and his interview was one of the most emotionally moving parts of the film.”
-Michael Ien Cohen – Director / Producer, Humanity Stoked

I discovered Hamish Brewer by watching the first of his three-part docuseries by Freethink. I was blown away.  The hair was standing up on my arms as I watched this man speak with passion, conviction, power and love for the students and educators in his school.  He was and is exactly the kind of educator so many kids need right now.  I knew I had to work with Hamish to bring his message to more and more people across the country and across the world.  We began working together in early 2021 and the sky truly is the limit. Hamish is not just a relentless principal – he is the actual embodiment of the Relentless Principle:  The deep fire in the belly to transform the world for the better – coupled with the brains and drive to get things accomplished.  I am so proud to manage Hamish Brewer’s speaking work and to call him a friend.  Onward and upward, Hamish.
-Amy Gray, Founder, New Leaf Speaker Management 

TOPICS & FORMAT

Book the Relentless Principal to fire up your school, district, conference or business.

Hamish crafted a blockbuster signature speech, Relentless, and he can customize that speech to weave in specific themes drawn from the list below.  Let us know if you would like a custom blend of 1-2 themes added to his core speech for your audience.  We welcome direct bookings and co-brokered business via speaker bureaus and speaker agencies.  Just fill in your preliminary details via our Contact Us form and we’ll circle back ASAP with pricing and availability for you.

Relentless

Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better and to get results. Hamish will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge you to rethink your practices, to disrupt the norm and change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if you’re willing to advocate for every single stakeholder. Find out if you’re willing to take your organization to the next level.

Sub-themes that can be woven into your custom presentation.  Pick 1 or 2 that best address the issues faced by your audience:

Organizational Improvement
Hamish Brewer is an award-winning leader and school turnaround expert who has turned around multiple schools – both at the elementary and secondary levels, working with some of the most at risk students in America. Hamish will share his secrets to his organizational success with not only research best practices but also through the effective practices he has implemented. Improve your culture, your practices and processes – and get results!

Culture
Is your organization suffering from a toxic environment? Do you need to uplift the environment before it’s too late?  Do you want to turn your results around? Let’s move beyond the status quo and disrupt the norm. Hamish will help you reignite the magic of your organization with authentic and relevant experiences that you can put into practice right now!

Leadership
Are you an aspiring leader, a new leader or a leader who just wants to rethink the work you are doing? Hamish will provide a session that will walk you through how to get it right from the beginning and ensure you do not fall into the trap of making mistakes you cannot rebound from. Come on a journey that will help grow and develop your leadership skill set from talking to others, decision making, and building a vision and mission that helps create an award-winning organization.

Community Engagement
Are you engaging your stakeholders as well as you could? Hamish will help you reflect, identify, build and execute a plan to engage your stakeholders like never before, delivering on increasing participation, partnership and community collectivity that will last.

PHOTOS & OTHER RESOURCES

INTRODUCTION

I discovered Hamish Brewer by watching the first of his three-part docuseries by Freethink. I was blown away.  The hair was standing up on my arms as I watched this man speak with passion, conviction, power and love for the students and educators in his school.  He was and is exactly the kind of educator so many kids need right now.  I knew I had to work with Hamish to bring his message to more and more people across the country and across the world.  We began working together in early 2021 and the sky truly is the limit. Hamish is not just a relentless principal – he is the actual embodiment of the Relentless Principle:  The deep fire in the belly to transform the world for the better – coupled with the brains and drive to get things accomplished.  I am so proud to manage Hamish Brewer’s speaking work and to call him a friend.  Onward and upward, Hamish.
-Amy Gray, Founder, New Leaf Speaker Management 

Check Hamish out at the links below to get a flavor for his style, energy and content.  We know you’ll love it!
Follow along on your favorite social media platform and keep up to date on what Hamish is doing.
He has delivered hundreds of presentations in the past few years – and would love to be part of your next gathering. Virtual or in-person, he brings the fire!

www.HamishBrewer.com