Meet the team

management staff

Let’s see who’s behind the best trust

Anne Johnston

Strategic Manager
Anne manages Trust activity on behalf of BEST Board. She is responsible for the training programme, marketing, liaison with schools and trainers and ensuring the Trust fulfils it's charitable responsibilities.

Jill Allen

Jill is our office administrator, managing course bookings, updating training records and keeping schools updated about training. Jill also delivers our ID badge service.

Chair of BEST

Norman Duffin is the independent Chair of BEST. He has worked for 33 years of his career in Bury Primary schools, 25 years as headteacher."


We work with the best trainers in the industry

Kerry Dawson

KD Safeguarding
Kerry's passion for making a difference has been at the heart of her career. Read More...

Gill Evans

Gill has worked in the education sector for over 30 years as a teacher, trainer and consultant. Read More...

Tara Loughran

Tara has extensive experience in schools for leading improvement and change in mathematics. Read More...

Andrew Rhodes

Redefining Education Ltd
Andrew has worked in education for 18 years since gaining his 1st Class Honors Degree in Primary Education. Read More....

Ann Farrell

Ann has been instrumental in supporting schools, settings and professionals in supporting bereaved children and young people. Read More...

Liz Palmer

Liz is an experienced teacher and early years specialist. She is a consultant and trainer, working across the early years sector. Read More...

Katie Geelan

Katie has 30 years experience teaching and leading Primary Music. Read More....

Laura Baker

Oak Learning Partnership
Laura has been Assistant Headteacher at Unsworth Primary leading on Inclusion and the Resourced Provision for the last two years. Read More...

Nicola Pemberton

Oak Learning Partnership
Having worked at Elms Bank for nine years she has been able to develop vast experience when supporting young people with a range of SEND. Read More...

School Improvement Liverpool

School Improvement Liverpool has an established reputation as one of the leading service providers in the North West. Read More....

Writing HQ

Deborah Ainscoe is a former primary school Headteacher & LA Lead Writing Moderator. Mike Ainscoe is a Former National Strategies Consultant. Read More...