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.
Sally grew up in a family where permanency was offered to 12 foster children, This experience of the care system from the inside, strongly influenced her professional direction and personal beliefs.
Sally's working life began in a 97 bed hostel in Brighton before training as Probation Officer. At Kent Probation Service she worked in Courts, prisons and the community before moving back to Brighton to work within the public protection team.
In 2006 Sally left probation to work with Kate Cairns establish and run a training organisation developing and delivering training and qualifications first for foster carers and then the broader children's workforce. She is currently the training director at KCA.
Sally lives in Gloucestershire and has served as a governor and trustee for schools and children's charities within her local community.
- 2011–Present: Director for Kate Cairns Associates
- 2009–2011: Sales and Customer Services manager for ALS Akamas
- 2006–2009: Training Manager for Akamas Ltd.
- 1999–2006: Probation Officer (Kent, East Sussex and Gloucestershire Probation Services)
- 1997–1999: Senior Support Worker for Brighton YMCA
- 1996–1997: Mentor, East Sussex Youth Offending Team
- Enhanced Thinking Skills facilitator accreditation, Kent Probation Service, 2001
- Agression Replacement Training facilitator accreditation, Kent Probation Service, 2000
- Diploma in Probation Studies, Portsmouth University, 2000
- B.A. (Hons) Social Policy & Administration, Hull University, 1996
- “ The trainer was excellent and very inspiring ” Roisin O'Neill, Barnardo's – June 2016