Helen Maffini is a Canadian/British international educational consultant. She is the author of two books and the Fly It Quiet travel and educational packs.

She provides consulting services for a wide range of companies, schools and government bodies. Helen has worked on curriculum development, storyboarding, writing teacher training programs, leadership training, school inspection, school development, professional development and children’s television consulting. She is currently completing her EdD researching mindfulness with preschool children.

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I managed Helen both as a cluster leader within the public private partnership in Abu Dhabi and in her role as the founding head of infants at the new British International School in Abu Dhabi. Helen is a solution oriented leader who has a good range of experience both in initiating and driving school improvement. She has a good deal of knowledge, exceptional people skills and a significant track record in leading and managing innovation in schools. She carries my unreserved recommendation.

— Chris Penter, Director of Educational Quality, Nord Anglia Education Ltd

Helen worked for myself and Nord Anglia in two distinct roles. Both of these were in the area of early years education. She led the reform of a number of kindergartens in Abu Dhabi as part of a major school improvement initiative and also was the Head of Early Years Education setting up and establishing a very successful early years department at the Company’s International School in Abu Dhabi. Helen is someone you can trust to do a good job. She has exceptional skills and knowledge of early learning and works tirelessly to achieve high quality in all that she does. She has been instrumental in establishing the Company’s reputation in early years in the Middle East. She is always reliable, a good manager of people, and a clear drive to improve education.

— Paul Wagstaff, Regional Director: Middle East and South East Asia, Nord Anglia Education PLC

Helen is one of the finest educators I have had the honour to work with. Her knowledge and skills in school improvement and developing emotional intelligence are abundant and she is an exceptional coach and mentor.

— Phil Lupton, Lead Advisor, Nord Anglia Education PLC

Helen’s approach to her work was always professional and meticulous in delivering the highest quality. She led her team of advisory staff by example and took care to use the analysis of shareholders’ feedback to inform future planning in a strategic and focused way to achieve continuing higher standards in teaching and learning. Helen’s expert guidance in the area of Emotional Intelligence, a topic on which she has also authored a couple of books published in the educational community, was highly acclaimed among colleagues and the school leaders and local teachers whom she was responsible for.

— Leonard Murphy, Cluster Leader, Nord Anglia Education

“I want all children to have the opportunity to learn emotional intelligence skills. These are skills that will help them well into their adult life. Is our goal not for happy, fulfilled people who make the world a better place? If yes, then we as educators and parents need to instill this in our children from an early age” –Helen Maffini

“Being a third culture kid myself has enabled me to help my own daughters on their path to becoming citizens of the world” –Helen Maffini