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.

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 ...
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 ...