Each of our associates has years of excellence in practice, using the theory and research that underpins our training and consultancy to inform their own work.
They come from a variety of backgrounds: foster care, early years, teaching, therapy, social work, psychology, health and justice. Many of them have moved between disciplines, as their interests have taken them in different directions. What they all offer is a wealth of practical experience, both in direct work with vulnerable people, and in sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.
Interested in becoming an associate?
If you have a commitment to sharing transformative knowledge with those who work with children and families, and experience of training or consultancy as well as direct work, then becoming an associate with KCA may appeal.
For more information or to express your interest, please contact us. We will then review your CV, discuss your experience and explore the potential for working together.
Julie is an experienced teacher, having changed career after over a decade working as a dietitian in the NHS. Throughout her teaching career she has taken forward her concern for championing and providing a supportive and nurturing environment for children vulnerable as a consequence of disabilities or social/emotional deprivation. Her relational approach to her work has produced transformational outcomes in supporting parental engagement with schools, facilitating access to education and services, and closing the attinment gap.
More recently, Julie has worked within her local authority training school leaders, teachers and Early Years workers in relational approaches. She has contributed to the development of Education Scotland materials on Applying Whole School Nurturing Approaches, working alongside Educational Psychologists, and has developed, delivered and evaluated training for school staff on trauma-informed practice. Julie continues to teach in Inverclyde alongside her role as a consultant trainer within KCA.
- 2019–Present: Independent Consultant and Trainer
- 2019–Present: Outreach Teacher, Inverclyde Attainment Challenge
- 2015–2019: Coaching and Modelling Officer, Health & Wellbeing/Nurture, Inverclyde Attainment Challenge
- 2015–2018: Co-ordinator, West of Scotland Nurture Groups, Nurture UK
- 2008–2015: Nurture Teacher, St Andrew's Primary School, Greenock
- 2003–2008: Class Teacher, Glenburn ASN (Additional Support Needs) School, Greenock
- 2002–2003: Class Teacher, St John's Primary School, Port Glasgow
- 1998–2000: Community Dietitiaan, Argyll and Clyde Health Board
- 1990–1996: Paediatric Dietitian, Argyll and Clyde Health Board
- 1987–1989: Dietitian, St George's Hospital, London
- Fellowship, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, 2016
- MSc in Educational Support, University of Strathclyde, 2015
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Glasgow, 2002
- BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, 1987