Alison Best

Director, Head of Training

As Head of Training, I support our team of facilitators. I also lead work on training design, incorporating new thinking, developments, and approaches to training (including blended and digital learning) across the business.  

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); increase 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, to help meet your objectives.

2022 – present: Director, Co-Head of Training at byrne·dean

2012 – 2022: 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

McVey and The Telegraph vs EDI and The Woke

In the polarised landscape of workplace culture wars, Alison Best delves into the intrinsic motivations behind the pursuit of sustainable growth and productivity.

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.

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