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.
Tom PyneTom has had a distinguished career as a teacher, trainer, adviser and consultant for children with special needs, and has particular interests in adoption and therapeutic work to address and overcome early disadvantage. After initially working in mainstream primary education he was for 18 years a school leader in the BESD (Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties) sector. It was during this time that his interest in the implications of attachment and trauma research for education grew. He was a founding director of Catchpoint Consultancy and is esteemed for his work there in helping educational staff understand the impact of early life trauma and support children and families in practical ways. This training and consultancy work is taken up and highly evaluated by schools, authorities and other groups with no direct link to Catchpoint. Other areas of Tom's work include Positive Handling training (Team Teach) and , through his role in the National Union of Teachers, promoting the understanding of the employer's role in supporting staff working directly with primary trauma. He is a member of the adoption panel of a local authority and a voluntary agency. Recent projects have included working closely with a local authority on reviewing all its school based behaviour policies and practices and working with a small group of men whose children have been placed for adoption.
- 2012–Present: Trainer, New Oak Academy, Hengrove, Bristol
- 2012–Present: Area Co-ordinator, Teacher Support Network
- 2012–Present: Facilitator, Birth Fathers in Adoption project
- 2008–Present: Independent member and Vice-chair, Adoption Panel, Bristol City Council
- 2007–Present: Freelance trainer
- 2005–Present: Strategic Director and Education Consultant, Catchpoint Adoption Support Agency
- 1995–2012: Deputy Head and Assistant Head, Woodstock Special School (BESD), Henbury, Bristol
- 2006–2011: Health and Safety Advisor, NUT Bristol
- 1987–1995: Class Teacher and Special Class Teacher, Four Acres Primary School, Withywood, Bristol
- 1983–1986: Development Officer, Community Mental Handicap Team, London Borough of Bexley
- 1982–1983: Research and Development Assistant, Social Services Department, London Borough of Lewisham
- Certificate of Higher Education, Counselling Skills, University of Bristol, 2010
- Master of Education (with distinction), Special Educational Needs, University of Bristol, 2005
- Professional Certificate, Special Educational Needs in the Ordinary School, Bristol Polytechnic, 1990
- Postgraduate Certificate Certificate in Education, Goldsmith's College, London, 1987
- BA (Hons), Ancient and Modern Greek, University of Birmingham, 1980
- “ Tom was brilliant at delivering this course ” Claire Farrand, Chadsgrove School – September 2018
- “ Fantastic course. Well delivered. ” Customer, Worcestershire – September 2018
- “ Tom kept me engaged all day ” Maureen Burrell, Chadsgrove School – September 2018
- “ I have already started to think differently about the way some pupils behaviours are and why they are they way they are, increasing my empathy and therefore a better connection to them. ” Participant, Gloucestershire – June 2018
- “ Tom Pyne was inspirational throughout the course. The use of first hand experiences helped to put knowledge into practical situations. An enjoyable and informative day. ” Customer, Leicester – April 2018
- “ Tom Pyne was an inspiration to listen to. ” Participant, Winchester, Hampshire County Council – April 2018
- “ Brilliant, engaging! ” Beverley Barsby, Leicester City Council – March 2018
- “ This course was the best I have been on in a long time. I was fully captivated all the time. Tom Pyne was engaging, and very funny. I have already applied the coaching to my own kids, and have seen better results than my usual, sometimes dismissive style that I sadly recognised in myself! ” Beverley Barsby, Leicester City Council – March 2018
- “ Amazing! Tom Pyne is an inspiration and makes learning easy ” Kerry Smith, Surrey – February 2018
- “ Didn't need a whole day, Tom Pyne is such a wonderful speaker it would have been great to hear about another topic too. ” Participant, Surrey – February 2018
- “ I work with children on a regular basis who struggle with attachment and I now feel more knowledgeable and equipped to work with them. ” Gemma McCallum, Inverclyde – January 2018
- “ A wonderfully informative and inspiring day which gave us a great deal to think about - thank you ” Teacher, Surrey – October 2017
- “ As ever KCA provides an exceptional trainer ” Sue Denholm, Nottinghamshire County Council – January 2017
- “ Fab training! A great insight on how the brain works and how we can coach emotionally challenging children in schools. Have recommended the course to fellow colleagues. ” Sonam Dosanjh, Sandwell – November 2016
- “ Well delivered, charismatic. Huge insight and meaningful to my position ” Participant, Gloucestershire – January 2016