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 in 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.

Advisory Group

OLP is run by the school system, for the school system and that key principle is embodied by the OLP Advisory Group, which is made up of education leaders from across the country. Their expertise and direct knowledge of the needs of schools helps to inform the strategic direction of OLP.

Bernard Clarke Bernard Clarke
Director, Generate Teaching School Hub, Evelyn Street Primary School, Warrington
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Bernard Clarke

Bernard Clarke

Director, Generate Teaching School Hub, Evelyn Street Primary School, Warrington


Simon Little Simon Little
Managing Director, Best Practice Network
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Simon Little

Simon Little

Managing Director, Best Practice Network


Jen Murphy Jen Murphy
Director, Rainbow Teaching School Hub, Liverpool
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Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy

Director, Rainbow Teaching School Hub, Liverpool


Sufian Sadiq Sufian Sadiq
Director, Chiltern Teaching School Hub, Denbigh High School, Luton
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Sufian Sadiq

Sufian Sadiq

Director, Chiltern Teaching School Hub, Denbigh High School, Luton


Chris Ludlow Chris Ludlow
Head of Partnerships, Best Practice Network
"Believe in the power of dreams"...
Chris Ludlow

Chris Ludlow

Head of Partnerships, Best Practice Network

"Believe in the power of dreams"


Andrew Earnshaw Andrew Earnshaw
Director for Training, Leadership and CPD, Aspire Academy Trust, St Austell
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Andrew Earnshaw

Andrew Earnshaw

Director for Training, Leadership and CPD, Aspire Academy Trust, St Austell


Laura Saunders Laura Saunders
Lead Facilitator for Specialist NPQs
With significant experience and expertise in leadership and education, Laura offers high-level skill...
Laura Saunders

Laura Saunders

Lead Facilitator for Specialist NPQs

With significant experience and expertise in leadership and education, Laura offers high-level skills in facilitation, learning design and coaching to empower the educators and leaders she works with. Her detailed and insightful understanding of the education and arts and culture sectors means she offers creative, energetic and impassioned knowledge to support educators in navigating through and leading our changing climate.
Laura is an experienced senior leader in schools, Local Authority, regional and national strategic education partnerships, school governing bodies, educational research and evaluation, apprenticeships, commercial learning and development and National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
She utilises her knowledge and experience in change leadership, creativity, people leadership, emotional intelligence and evidence-based teaching and learning to empower individuals and organisations. With an MA in Leading Innovation and Change in education, Senior Coaching Practitioner accreditation (EMCC), and accreditation in leading and delivering the National Professional Qualifications for specialism and leadership in the UK, she is also an international trainer working with the education and commercial sectors globally.
Laura is responsible for leading and overseeing the specialist NPQs programmes for Best Practice Network and the Outstanding Leaders Partnership, as well as the learning design and face-to-face facilitation of the programmes.


Clare Oberman Clare Oberman
Director, The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, Painsley Catholic College, Stoke-on-Trent
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Clare Oberman

Clare Oberman

Director, The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, Painsley Catholic College, Stoke-on-Trent


Ruth Shaw Ruth Shaw
Strategic Lead for AB and ECF STEP; Assistant Headteacher, The Priory School, Shrewsbury
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Ruth Shaw

Ruth Shaw

Strategic Lead for AB and ECF STEP; Assistant Headteacher, The Priory School, Shrewsbury


Yvonne Gandy Yvonne Gandy
Programme Director, Leadership qualifications
Yvonne is a leadership coach, National College associate, lead facilitator, assessor and mentor who ...
Yvonne Gandy

Yvonne Gandy

Programme Director, Leadership qualifications

Yvonne is a leadership coach, National College associate, lead facilitator, assessor and mentor who is involved in strategic work with schools, local authorities and national agencies to support improvement in the quality of the education workforce.

She leads a number of national programmes that impact upon the quality of leadership, learning and teaching and contribute to school improvement and adult learning.


Kelly McKay Kelly McKay
Director, Early Career Framework, Best Practice Network
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Kelly McKay

Kelly McKay

Director, Early Career Framework, Best Practice Network


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...
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 training and supporting school leaders across the country to develop their teachers and support staff.

As director of Ashton on Mersey Teaching School he was commissioned by the NCTL to produce the Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) Core Training, which has become a pivotal part of the SLE accreditation process.

Nick is responsible for the training and ‘quality improvement’ of face-to-face facilitators who deliver NPQML and NPQSL and for the quality assurance of schools that are licensed to deliver these programmes.


Karen Taylor-Paul Karen Taylor-Paul
Director, Alban Teaching School Hub, Sandringham School, St Albans
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Karen Taylor-Paul

Karen Taylor-Paul

Director, Alban Teaching School Hub, Sandringham School, St Albans


Ed Leighton Ed Leighton
Director, Cheshire Teaching School Hub, St Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-Trent
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Ed Leighton

Ed Leighton

Director, Cheshire Teaching School Hub, St Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-Trent


Nick Mort Nick Mort
Director, Futures Teaching Alliance, President Kennedy School, Coventry
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Nick Mort

Nick Mort

Director, Futures Teaching Alliance, President Kennedy School, Coventry


Stephanie Rogers Stephanie Rogers
Principal, Astra Teaching School Hub, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham
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Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers

Principal, Astra Teaching School Hub, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham


Samantha Torr Samantha Torr
Director, Alpha Teaching School Hub, Colchester
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Samantha Torr

Samantha Torr

Director, Alpha Teaching School Hub, Colchester


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 ...
Nick Parry Nick Parry
Director of Teaching, Learning & Leadership, The Dean Trust at Ashton on Mersey School, and OLP Board Member
Nick has taught for 25 years and over the last 10 years, he has predominantly focused on staff train...
Dr. Lynn Sampson-Chappell Dr. Lynn Sampson-Chappell
Head of Professional Partnership Development, Liverpool Hope University, and OLP Board Member
Lynn is Head of Partnership for Professional Programmes at Liverpool Hope University, working in col...
Yvonne Gandy Yvonne Gandy
Director, Leadership NPQs and NPQEL/NPQH Lead Facilitator, and OLP Board Member
Yvonne is a leadership coach, National College associate, lead facilitator, assessor and mentor who ...
Simon Little Simon Little
Managing Director, and OLP Board Member
As Managing Director of Best Practice Network, Simon oversees a network of 150+ partners and 500+ fa...
Vanessa Macdonald Vanessa Macdonald
NPQML and NPQSL Lead Facilitator
Vanessa is an experienced headteacher, Ofsted inspector, facilitator, coach and subject matter exper...
Simon Lockwood Simon Lockwood
Programme Lead, NPQEL
Simon has worked in Education for 40 years as a teacher, leader and local authority school improveme...
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...
Gary Broom Gary Broom
Director, Marketing, Partnerships 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
Strategic Projects and 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 ...