Meet 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.

Brian Cairns

Brian Cairns

Brian is a former social worker and a qualified teacher.
Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts

Brian is an independent consultant and trainer on supporting vulnerable and traumatised children and young people.
Chris Stanway

Chris Stanway

As an Inclusion Manager, SENCO and deputy head, Chris spent years working with young people experiencing challenges, and seeing how caring, well-informed, human support made all the difference.

Christina Enright

Christina is a child and family psychotherapist specialising in work with attachment and trauma issues.
Dean Reilly-Sharp

Dean Reilly-Sharp

Dean was a primary school teacher, SENDCo in both Primary and Secondary sector, then went on to be an advisory teacher for Virtual Schools and a Deputy Head of a Special school.
Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Hilary is a recognised national school leader in behaviour and attendance (NPSLBA) and a qualified teacher coach.
Janet Rose

Janet Rose

Dr Janet Rose is the Principal of the Norland HE College in Bath which provides courses to degree level for Early Years Practitioners.
Jo McAndrews

Jo McAndrews

Jo is a therapist, trainer and consultant who is held in particular regard for her direct work with children and families experiencing change such as divorce and bereavement.
Julie Hall

Julie Hall

Julie is an experienced teacher, having changed career after over a decade working as a dietitian in the NHS

Julie Mellor

Julie has delivered services for children and families for over 35 years, much of her work has been with families who were deemed vulnerable and those with SEN/D.
Julie Revels

Julie Revels

Julie's background is rooted in understanding and meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities, (SEND) with a specific focus on social, emotional and mental health.
Maria Lawton

Maria Lawton

Maria's career has focussed on working directly with disadvantaged and troubled young people, and designing and delivering stimulating and relevant training to professionals and volunteers.
Nicky Spencer-Hutchings

Nicky Spencer-Hutchings

Nicky is an Education and Family Support consultant specialising in SEMHD supporting primary and secondary schools, alternative providers and birth, adopted and foster families.

Nicola Axford

Nicola is an experienced and highly skilled education manager and trainer with thorough knowledge of teaching and learning and excellent inter-personal skills.
Polly Wright

Polly Wright

Polly is an experienced keynote speaker, trainer, researcher and project manager.
Richard Waite

Richard Waite

Richard started work in this field twenty-eight years ago when he founded a residential service for children and adults using innovative approaches to outdoor education and groupwork.
Sally Patterson

Sally Patterson

Sally has spent the last 13 years as Manager of Home-Start, a St. Albans based charity working to support vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
Sally Poskett

Sally Poskett

Sally is an experienced practitioner, trainer and speaker.
Sheila Mulvenney

Sheila Mulvenney

During her career in Health, Care and Education Sheila has worked in a wide variety of settings and roles in the Community, schools, colleges and several local authorities.
Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Sue is an independent consultant working within Early Years and SEN.

Tom Laverty

Tom has devoted almost his whole working life to the children and families living on one of the most ethnically-diverse housing projects in North London.
Tom Pyne

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.