our associates

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.

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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 Pyne

Photo - Tom Pyne Tom 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.