Alison Best

Director, Co-Head of Training

As Head of Purpose, Design and Innovation, I have oversight of the new thinking, developments, and approaches to training (including blended and digital learning) across the business. Our Purpose – to create kinder, fairer, more productive workplace – is at the heart of what we do at byrne·dean. It’s vital that everything we do, and how we do it, is aligned with that.

I create and deliver training programmes to improve our clients’ workplaces. I work with senior leaders, HR, L&D and D&I professionals, teams and employees. My background as an employment lawyer means I bring knowledge of the legal and risk framework where needed.

My work is essentially about connecting with people, raising awareness and catalysing change. Whether you want to improve individual and team performance (make sure every employee is engaged, productive, and delivering at their best),manage risk (avoid legal, regulatory and compliance problems); raise leadership competence (enable them to lead more effectively); build skills and confidence (for effective communication and conflict resolution); or embed a culture founded on values and integrity, I design programmes and facilitate training that supports you.

2012 – current: Head of Purpose, Design & Innovation at byrne·dean

2005 – 2011: Professional Support Lawyer, Mills & Reeve LLP

2002 – 2005: Solicitor and Senior Solicitor, Mills & Reeve LLP

1998 – 2001: Trainee Solicitor and Solicitor, Herbert Smith

Queens’ College, Cambridge – First Class BA Honours in Law

College of Law – Distinction in the Legal Practice Course

"A great facilitator, engaging and enthusiastic."


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Alison Best

Learning at work week, connection and bulldogs

As we come to the end of Learning at Work Week, Alison Best explores some of the many benefits of creating a learning culture at work.

It’s national work life week. Can I make a confession?

National Work Life Week offers an opportunity to think about getting better balance all year round…. And where’s the line between work and life anyway?

#Metoo, harassment, safety, kindness and the anti-woke

Sometimes it feels like we are at a catalysing moment in history, and things must surely be different, better. But we still have to make it happen.

Strictly diversity and inclusion

The diversity of Strictly’s 2021 starting line-up is nothing if not compelling – and perfectly timed for National Inclusion Week.

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