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.
Ruth BarringtonRuth has an extensive background in teaching with over 30 years of experience. In her role as a Senior lecturer at Bath Spa University Ruth worked as part of the University project team to deliver training on both Attachment and Emotion Coaching into schools across Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) as part of the local authorities Attachment Aware schools training programme. Ruth also made significant contributions to module development and delivery on both the primary and early years PGCE and the Early Years Initial Teacher training programmes at the University and as a result was awarded a fellowship of the higher education academy. Ruth's skills as a teacher and trainer are enhanced by her considerable knowledge of, and expertise in, mentoring and coaching. This includes working with the charity 'Mentoring Plus', helping young people to re-engage with education and training, find work and reconnect with their local communities.
Ruth is passionate about education and learning and has a good understanding of the social, emotional and behavioural needs of learners and the effects of trauma on learning and well being. She is commited not only to transforming the lives of traumatised learners but also to improving educational experiences for all.
- 2012–2019: Senior Lecturer in Education (Primary PGCE), Bath Spa University
- 2006–2012: Senior Lecturer in Coaching and Mentoring, Bath Spa University
- 1992–2006: Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education, Bath Spa University
- 1981–1991: Class Teacher and Maths Advisory Teacher, Sandwell Education Authority
- 1979–1981: Literacy and Numeracy Tutor, Dudley Council for Voluntary Services
- Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, Institute of Leadership and Management, Tamworth, 2009
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling, Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, Manchester, 2004
- MA in Professional Studies (Primary Mathematics Education), Bath Spa University, 1996
- Diploma in Mathematics Education, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1987
- Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1983
- Bachelor of Education, Nene College, Northampton, 1979
- (with Shu-Hua Yeh, C., and McLeod, C) Applying Positive Psychology and Mindfulness Interventions in Work and Life Space – British Educational Research Association, 2018
- (with Rose, J., and Gilbert, L) Emotion Coaching Project – Bath Spa University, 2012