About us


Optimus Education Limited is a leading provider of professional development support and school improvement information for schools, academies and other educational institutions. Since 1997 we have been helping primary and secondary school leadership teams to manage staff development efficiently and effectively, stay compliant and drive whole school improvement. Our key digital subscription services include the Knowledge Centre and In-House Training complemented by a portfolio of live Conferences and professional development events. 

Optimus Education is a part of Prospects Education

Our values

At Optimus Education we are passionate about: teacher professionalism, distributed leadership, expert insight, collaborative peer-to-peer support, value and editorial integrity.

Our members rely on Optimus every day for key legal and compliance information, industry guidance and best practice case studies. Our greatest strength is providing highly relevant, invaluable, time-saving content and services that meet the needs of professionals with specific senior responsibilities. We endeavour to provide a wide range of independent voices from our in-house and external expert contributors and ensure responsiveness to member needs.

We make every effort to ensure that our content and services are accurate, up-to-date, and pedagogically sound. Quality assurance takes place in a range of ways: through research, both in terms of topics and contributors; through regular content reviews, particularly of model policies; through our editorial processes and through our expert panel and advisory groups.

Our vision

Through providing a range of high-quality, practical content and resources, training and expert advice, we aim to ensure all school and academy leaders feel equipped to do their jobs better and therefore contribute more meaningfully towards improved outcomes for pupils.

We appreciate deeply how the ever-changing policy and accountability landscape has created challenges for schools, and we aim to help school professionals navigate these changes effectively to save your school precious time and money.

We work with a range of expert contributors, innovative trainers and school-based practitioners

Our people

We feel privileged to work with a range of expert contributors, innovative trainers and school-based practitioners from across the UK and beyond. For more information about some of the talented and passionate people we are fortunate enough to work with, please do get in touch.

Optimus contributors and experts

Leadership and governance

John Viner

Josephine Smith

Katie Michelon

Paul K Ainsworth

Ruth Agnew

Suzanne O'Connell

School business management

Cate Hart

Gill O' Donnell

Heather Mitchell

Micon Metcalfe

Nickii Messer

Sue Birchall

Teaching and learning

Anna Ephgrave

Elizabeth Holmes

Ian Warwick

Linda Thornton

Ruth Powley

Torsten Payne

SEN and safeguarding

Alan Mackenzie

Alison Thomas

Anita Devi

Ann Raymond

Christopher Robertson

Dai Durbridge

Gareth D Morewood

Jean Gross

Richard Freeth

Sophie Chalmers

The Optimus membership team

Amy Guesdon
Customer Service Executive

Andrew Thraves
Director of Education

Hansa Patel
Customer Service Executive

Jack Procter-Blain
Content Assistant

James Allen
Conference Portfolio Lead

Jamie Maw
Conference Producer

Katie Renton
Operations Manager

Lisa Griffin
Content Lead

Liz Worthen
Head of Content

Luke Sait
Account Support Executive

Margaret Garrard
Operations Director

Peter Kealy
Senior Account Manager

Rachel Grant
Head of Awards & Training

Sarah Marshall
Conference Manager

Victoria Baxter
Senior Account Manager

Contact us

Subscription and Membership Services

For questions regarding the Knowledge Centre, In-House Training or your school's subscription:


To talk to us about a conference or live event:

Sponsorship and advertising

We offer selected opportunities for suppliers to share their services with our members, from conference sponsorship to magazine advertising. To find out more contact Matt Purnell on 020 3325 0382 or email at Matt.Purnell@optimus-education.com. Alternatively, download the Optimus media pack.


For an enquiry about a book, ebook or training pack:

Our books Customer Service team is based at NBN International, c/o Optimus Education, Airport Business Centre, 10 Thornbury Road, Plymouth, PL6 7PP.


Optimus Education Limited.  A company registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 5791519 whose registered office is Prospects House, 19 Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 1LT.