One of the core principles of the Outstanding Leaders Partnership is to use serving school leaders from outstanding schools to deliver our training.

To achieve a locally delivered school-led strategy for professional development we engage with teaching schools, multi-academy trusts, dioceses and other educational institutions to act as ‘delivery partners’, offering high quality leadership and professional development provision on our behalf across their locality. Visit our Partners page to learn more about who we are working with nationally. 

Our development team consists of programme leads, subject matter experts, lead assessors, a lead online learning specialist, an instructional designer and a copy editor. The team has a wealth of experience developing programme content for educationalists. Our subject matter expert team comprises serving senior school leaders chosen for their experience and appropriateness for the qualification level and content area they will support.

Our team

Sally Bishop Sally Bishop
Director of the West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership and Chair of the OLP Board
Sally Bishop is Director of the West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership, part of the Aspire ...
Andy Samways Andy Samways
Director of Research School and Teaching School, Unity Schools Partnership
Andy has extensive experience of school and system leadership gained from senior leadership in secon...
Nick Parry Nick Parry
Director of Teaching, Learning & Leadership, The Dean Trust at Ashton on Mersey School
Nick has taught for 25 years and over the last 10 years he has predominantly focused on staff traini...
Yvonne Gandy Yvonne Gandy
Programme Director, Leadership qualifications
Yvonne is a leadership coach, National College associate, lead facilitator, assessor and mentor who ...
Liam Donnison Liam Donnison
Director, Best Practice Network
Liam has worked in Education for 25 years, in teaching, training and leadership. He has been Trustee...
Dean Boyce Dean Boyce
Director of CPD & Accreditation
Dean has worked across early years, primary, secondary and HEI sectors gaining a wealth of experienc...
Andy Hodgkinson Andy Hodgkinson
Programme Lead, NPQML
Andy has worked across a range of education contexts from executive headteacher to university fellow...
Simon Lockwood Simon Lockwood
Programme Lead, NPQEL
Simon has worked in Education for 40 years as teacher, leader and local authority school improvement...
Vanessa Macdonald Vanessa Macdonald
Programme Lead, NPQSL
Vanessa is an experienced headteacher, Ofsted inspector, facilitator, coach and subject matter exper...
Phillip Naylor Phillip Naylor
Lead Online Learning Specialist
Phil has worked with the widest range of schools and groups of schools as a senior leader responsibl...
Karen Burns Karen Burns
Chief Executive Office and Executive Principal, Victorious Academies Trust
Karen was appointed to the post of Executive Principal for Inspire and Discovery Academies in April ...
Gary Broom Gary Broom
Director of Marketing and Development
Gary has worked in marketing and business development roles in the education sector for 17 years. He...
Neil Gillard Neil Gillard
Director of Finance and Operations
Neil is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams...
Joanna Hawkins Joanna Hawkins
Operations Manager
Joanna has worked in education for over 10 years. Having worked across a variety of programme specia...
Chris Ludlow Chris Ludlow
Partnerships Manager
Chris is responsible for the growth of our school/ setting partnerships, helping extend delivery of ...