Key People



Alastair Lidster (BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, C.Psychol., FRSA): Educational Psychologist and Co-author of Fagus

Fagus is the brainchild of Beech Lodge School’s Educational Psychologist Alastair Lidster. Alastair has worked with educators for over twenty-five years. He has been a Teaching Assistant, Teacher and Educational Psychologist. He completed his training as an Educational Psychologist in 1998 after which he spent fifteen years working for Local Authorities in Berkshire. In 2013, Alastair started in private practice and has since worked in this capacity with parents, schools and Local Authorities. As a psychologist, Alastair soon developed an interest in helping teachers to meet the needs of children who have experienced early trauma which led to him writing guidance materials for teachers and setting up nurture groups in local schools.


BecciBecci Best (BSc (Hons), DEdPsy): Educational Psychologist and Co-author of Fagus

Becci co-authored the Fagus materials with Alastair. Becci graduated with a First-Class Psychology degree from the University of Manchester in 2012.  She completed a doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the UCL Institute of Education in 2019. She has worked within schools for as a Mentor, Learning Support Assistant, Assistant Speech and Language Therapist, assistant psychologist and Educational Psychologist. Becci has a particular interest in studying the effects of early childhood trauma on children’s emotional and social development.



Daniela Shanly: Development Director and Proprietor of Beech Lodge School

Daniela is the driving force behind Fagus. Adoptive parent to two children, Daniela recognised through her own personal experience that it is vital for some young people to have a developmental approach to learning in order to maximise their educational potential, wellbeing and increase self esteem.  In 2013 she founded Beech Lodge School (the birthplace of Fagus) and is responsible for the day to day running of the school. She has a strong personal commitment to the needs of vulnerable children and is actively involved in adoption and children’s charities. Daniela’s background is in Advertising and as a Theatrical Literary Agent.


tracy-davies Tracy Davies: Administrator and Marketing Manager

Tracy runs the daily Fagus operation, being involved with the marketing, customer service and everything in between!  Tracy graduated from Warwick University with a degree in Psychology and brings with her a wealth of experience within the business functions of marketing, administration and customer services. Tracy also has an involvement with the UK education system as she has two children that attend local schools. Combining her solid background in business administration and her interest in Education, Psychology and Child Development, Tracy has 'found her niche' being the linchpin of the Fagus operation.