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.
Sue is a highly experienced children's services professional with significant expertise in early
childhood care and education, school improvement, health services, and social care. She has
recently established a new social enterprise, International Early Years, providing a platform for
early childhood leaders and teachers to share practice and research globally. She is also
working nationally with a number of academy chains and teaching school alliances on
Born4Life, a teacher led enquiry project.
Previously, Sue was a Director at the National College for School Leadership where she led the
College's multi agency, early years and children's centre programmes. As a senior civil servant
Sue has worked closely with government ministers and Department for Education colleagues to
design and deliver national policy initiatives for early years and vulnerable children.
Sue has also been an assistant director of children's services in Cheshire, a local authority
principal school improvement adviser and infant and nursery school headteacher.
- 2011–2013: Director, Early Years and Integrated Leadership, National College for School Leadership
- 2009–2011: Operational Director, Extended and Integrated Leadership and Regional Director, West Midlands, National College for School Leadership
- 2005–2009: Assistant Director, Children's Services, Cheshire County Council
- 2004–2005: Early Years, SureStart and Childcare Service Lead, Cheshire County Council
- 2001–2004: Senior School Improvement Adviser, Cheshire County Council
- 1996–2001: Head Teacher, Leaf Lane Nursery & Infant School, Winsford
- 1994–1996: Deputy Head Teacher, Leaf Lane Nursery & Infant School, Winsford
- 1992–1994: Early Years/Keystage 1 Coordinator, Kelsall Primary School
- 1990–1992: Teacher, Weaver Primary School, Nantwich
- MA, Educational Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2002
- Certificate in Nurture Group Practice, University of Cambridge, 2001
- Diploma in Language and Literacy Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1993
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1990
- BA (Hons), English and Modern History, University of Liverpool, 1980
- “ Sue was lovely and open. She knew what she was doing and did it well. ” Family support, Southport – September 2018
- “ Thanks Sue Egersdorff for a really inclusive and fun environment for learning. ” Team Manager, York – February 2018
- “ A great start to the beginning of term, really inspiring, I want to learn more! Thank you. ” Rebecca Collenette, Birmingham – January 2018
- “ Thank you so much. I have learned so much over the different training events that I have attended. I hope to work with you again. ” Amanda Hubball, Derbyshire – December 2016
- “ The training was excellent, delivered by trainers (Julie and Sue) who are clearly passionate about the content and not merely delivering it. ” Catherine Khan, Head teacher, Oakfield Community Primary School – September 2016
- “ Our trainer, Sue, was terrific. She delivered an interesting, factual and relevant subject in a friendly and professional manner with humour and inclusion. Her subject knowledge was evident, broad and personally inspiring. ” Customer, London – April 2016
- “ Just great!!!! I thought it was fantastic- my own brain was a little tired by the end but in the best possible way! I found this so inspiring, I am passionate about helping young people and this has equipped me with more knowledge on how to positively contribute to not only their development within education but within their daily lives! Thank you, thank you :-) ” Louise Griffiths, Dudley – January 2016
- “ It has been a great honor and privilege to have spent the day with such an inspiring, dedicated, enthusiastic, caring, and extremely knowledgeable individual. Kate Cairns is an outstanding practitioner within her professional field of attachment awareness. ” Simon Baggott, Director of Community Partnerships, Kingswinford School – January 2016
- “ Excellent, very informative and interesting. ” Participant, Conwy – April 2015
- “ The trainer was amazing to listen to. ” Customer, Conwy – March 2015
- “ The presentation was very informative and the trainer was very knowledgeable her field of brain development. ” Janet Paterson, Conwy, North Wales – March 2015
- “ The trainer was inspirational, explained things in a simple way without being patronising, especially around the brain. Real experience stories helped the understanding. ” Christine Vohora, Cheshire – March 2015
- “ Trainer was really friendly relaxed and told funny stories at times which made the training easier. She was very understanding and I liked her a lot. Her training was easy to understand. I would highly recommend her she is very knowledgeable. ” Sheila Ely, Luton – March 2015
- “ I really enjoyed the course its helped within my role as a foster carer and the challenges we are currently experiencing. Also as a children centre volunteer i have been already thinking of ways to use the tool kit. ” Anna Machnik, Foster Carer and Children's Centre Volunteer, Stoke on Trent City Council – February 2015
- “ The trainer's knowledge shone through yet she made it very easy to understand. ” Gill Whalley, Sefton – October 2014