Our team

Colin McLean

Colin is Executive Chairman of the Best Practice Network's Board and is responsible for the strategic management and leadership of the company. He has a proven record of establishing and growing successful organisations responsive to the changing requirements of government. Building on BPN’s role as a strategic partner of the National College and the Teaching Agency he is now working closely with outstanding schools and academies to support system leadership at regional and national levels. Colin’s background which includes work in schools, local authorities, as a school improvement consultant, National College Facilitator for LPSH, and as an OFSTED Registered Inspector, provides a strong foundation on which the vision and values of BPN are based.

Dean Boyce

Dean is a regional manager for the West Midlands, supporting Teaching School, local authority, HEI and school partnerships. He is a senior manager on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training, HLTA and National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) programmes. Dean has worked in the primary, secondary and HEI sector and has a wealth of experience including ITT, facilitation and assessment on the National College CSBM programme and representing Best Practice Network on the Board of the HLTA National Assessment Partnership. Having initially trained as a PE teacher, Dean has a keen interest in all sports, particularly tennis and rugby, and enjoys walking holidays with family.

Jayne Clemence

Jayne is Director of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Jayne's experience includes headship of two special schools in London and working with HMI as an Additional Inspector as part of the school improvement division. Jayne inspects the Early Years, Primary, Special and Independent schools and collaborates with schools striving to improve their results to “good” or “better” outcomes. She is a lead facilitator for the National College and an experienced School Improvement Partner. Jayne oversees the NASENCO programme and has a lead role in the assessment and accreditation of programmes and qualifications across BPN. Jayne has worked internationally in the development of education programmes across Africa and Eastern Europe. She has wide ranging leadership and governance experience in the voluntary sector with services for children, young people and adults with additional needs in education and social care.

Jeff Hart

Jeff is Regional Director for London and the South-East for Best Practice Network. Prior to this, he was Senior Regional Director for the National Strategies. He has also spent 4 years at the DfE as Senior Adviser. Jeff has a good deal of Local Authority experience in London, Surrey, Dorset and Poole where he was Chief Adviser for six years. His teaching experience was in Tower Hamlets. Jeff is also an LA Governor of a large secondary school in Dorset. Apart from work, Jeff is interested in sport and community theatre.

Liam Donnison

Liam became Managing Director of Best Practice Network in April 2017. His leadership will focus on expanding our national delivery partnerships with schools, as well as school improvement work and opportunities to apply UK expertise overseas. He 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.

Liam 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.

Maureen Lee

Maureen is our Director of Early Years. She has worked with Best Practice Network since 2004 and has been instrumental in BPN becoming a leading provider of the Early Years Professional Status programme across five regions of England. Maureen has trained and quality assured our team of tutors and developed the training programmes for assessors, trainers and preparers. She has made a strong contribution to developments at national level and works closely with the Teaching Agency and our partner organisations. Maureen is a former LA senior adviser in Essex and lecturer with the Open University and has worked in an advisory and consultancy capacity for a range of national and regional organisations. She enjoys writing, including for journals and especially when interweaving contributions from current practitioners to support them to analyse and showcase their achievements. Maureen has an energetic commitment to encouraging and supporting all those who work with children from birth through nursery and primary education to prioritise and work towards professional recognition for their excellent work. Maureen leads our team of experienced and supportive tutors, mentors, assessors and support staff on the Early Years Teacher Programme.

Nicky Oram

Prior to joining Best Practice Network, Nicky worked in primary school teaching and with very young children and their families in early years settings. She has worked with the Pre-school learning Alliance and Sure Start and has been involved with the multi-agency support of children having spent many years as an Early Years SENCO, most recently in a Children's Centre in Wiltshire. Nicky is a lead tutor on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme (EYITT) with BPN and since 2010 has worked as our regional co-ordinator for the South West and deputy programme leader to Maureen Lee.

Phil Holden

Phil is a Director at Best Practice Network. Phil’s career has spanned senior leadership in schools, Higher Education, LAs and the Teacher Training Agency. He worked closely with the National College (now NCTL) supporting Succession Planning, Leadership Development and Governor Training. Phil is an accredited Lead Facilitator of NCTL programmes and most recently led BPN’s delivery of  NCTL’s Leadership Curriculum.

Sian Marsh

Sian is a regional manager for Yorkshire and Humberside, working with Early Years settings, local authority colleagues, HEI and school partnerships. She is a senior manager on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme, taking a lead on e-learning and e-assessment. Sian also works on HLTA programmes in the region and National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) programmes. She is a National College facilitator and has worked on various leadership programmes. Before joining Best Practice Network, Sian worked in the primary sector as an Early Years teacher and within local authority teams. She has a wealth of experience but specialises particularly in Early Years education. Sian enjoys spending time with her young family, swimming and running.

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