He will focus on expanding our national delivery partnerships with schools, as well as school improvement work and opportunities to apply UK expertise overseas.
Liam joins BPN from Hong Kong, where he headed a team of 200 staff, delivering learning for 10,000 pre-school, primary, secondary and adult learners across 12 sites. He began his career in teaching and since then has worked with a range of education sector organisations, advising, leading bids and establishing new ventures, as well as leading the development of an award-winning school improvement model.
“I’m delighted to have this chance to develop BPN‘s strengths in school partnerships, leadership and professional development,” he said. “What really strikes me about BPN is its commitment to quality in everything it does. Everyone here really wants to make a difference to children and learners, in our case by supporting and developing the professionals working with them. I’m also proud to work for an organisation that helps children in developing countries. BPN is a major sponsor of PEAS - Promoting Equality in African Schools.”
He added: “BPN has really led the way in working collaboratively with schools, through partnerships such as the Outstanding Leaders Partnership. Programmes are delivered by excellent current practitioners, which keeps them cutting edge.”
CEO Colin McLean has stepped back from the helm but remains Executive Chairman of the Best Practice Network board. Colin said: “Liam has an outstanding record of growing educational businesses as well as significant international experience. I am delighted that he has joined us to lead the organisation in its next phase.”