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.

Heather Clements

Heather has developed a systematic approach to school improvement support, setting clear criteria for assessing schools' capacity and identifying the level of support required. The processes of support and challenge she introduced as Harrow's Director of Schools ensured that from 2005 no school in the local authority was in any Ofsted category and that Harrow has had the highest proportion of schools identified as outstanding. Heather's role within BPN has included supporting the Newham CPD Programme, developing and delivering an Outstanding Teaching Programme and a School Self Evaluation Toolkit to support schools with the new Ofsted Inspection Framework. Heather developed the Exceptional Schools Award which is a quality standard based on a 360° survey to enable outstanding schools to evaluate their provision against the best schools nationally.

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.

Mannie Burn

Mannie leads the L5 Leadership Qualification programme supports several other programmes as a mentor, facilitator, tutor, coach and assessor. With over 25 years of experience working in schools as a teacher, leader and coach, she brings a broad educational perspective and depth of understanding about professional learning to all of these roles. Mannie has significant expertise in coaching and has had her work published; she co-authored Coaching and Learning in Schools. When time allows Mannie also promotes harmony at Best Practice Network by leading our in-house ‘ad hoc’ choir.

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 Haslett

Phil has over 15 years working in the education sector designing, developing and delivering solutions for clients in the UK and overseas. As a Director for Tribal Group’s inspection business, Phil was a key member of the senior management team that developed the business into the largest provider of inspection services in the UK, winning regional contracts that valued over £190m. Latterly Phil helped develop the business overseas, securing and implementing a contract to develop and deliver an inspection framework for Public and Private Schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Since September 2012, Phil has been working for Best Practice Network as Business Development Director, working with Directors across the business to drive business performance and develop and identify new areas for growth. Phil is also a Director for the Olympus Academy Trust in Bristol. Phil’s core skills include: project and programme management; financial management with a proven track record of delivering multi-million pound budgets; client and stakeholder management; utilising technological solutions to drive business improvement and efficiencies; sales, marketing and business development; and bid management and writing.

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.

Rahim Ahmed

Rahim heads up our Admin and Support Team, overseeing programme delivery from marketing through to assessment and completion. Working closely with Programme Directors and the Senior Team, Rahim monitors and reports on Quality Standards and has helped us to achieve and retain ISO 9001 accreditation since 2009. Prior to joining Best Practice Network, Rahim managed college and local authority partnerships across East London as part of the Learning and Skills Council, overseeing FE and adult education learning plans. A father of four, Rahim’s spare time is limited but he enjoys sports and supporting local charities with their fund raising initiatives.

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.

Tim McShane

Tim is our online learning specialist. He has extensive experience of working across the education, third and corporate sectors putting learning solutions in place. Until 2010, as an e-learning specialist for the National College, he created online learning for multiple national programmes, developed online communities and quality assured providers across all regions of England. He then worked with WiredTrust, a US/Canadian company working with global social media companies, and as a freelance consultant until joining Best Practice Network in 2014. He is an ambassador for CEOP, working with parents and children to stay safe online, and supports the global online safety group ‘WiredSafety'.

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