Knowledge Change Action was established in 2011 to bring together the work of Kate Cairns and a group of experienced practitioners and trainers across the UK. Since that time, the organisation has grown as we have been joined by new colleagues committed to the same values and driven by the same knowledge and research base.
Director of Strategy and Partnerships/ Trainer Consultant
I have had a long career in the Justice sector working with families, children, victims of crime and people who have committed offences. I have a strong commitment to working in a relational, connected way and the Trainer Consultant role at KCA sits firmly with this commitment. I have always gravitated towards roles that involve developing myself and others, and partnering with the range of sectors and practitioners that KCA's knowledge base reaches is both fascinating and humbling.
After thirty years working in third sector homelessness organisations including 18 year managing front-line youth homelessness services I am well placed to use my experience in working with people affected by trauma. I am also a counsellor qualified in both Integrative and Solution Focused approaches. These skills and experiences led me to taking the lead in a youth homelessness charity in developing Psychologically Informed Environment Training and Reflective practice over a period of 8 years. I am passionate about helping colleagues to better look after themselves so that they are best placed to support the most vulnerable. Outside of work I am a singer song-writer mainly of satire and comedy songs.
Director of Learning/ Trainer Consultant
Catherine is a highly experienced school leader, having previously been a Deputy Headteacher at two Secondary Schools, a rural comprehensive and an inner-city Academy. With extensive experience in pastoral leadership, learning and teaching and student progress she understands the challenges of operational leadership, whilst driving strategic priorities. She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing for both children and the adults in their lives. Catherine recently joined KCA as Director of Learning.
Partnership Development Manager for KCA and Employee Representative for the Employee Owned Trust
Having grown up in care, I am passionate about the provision of stable, loving environments for vulnerable children, and I recognise that equipping the children's workforce with the right skills and knowledge is a route to achieving this.
Tel: 07999 447584
Partnership Development Manager
I have worked in this sector for twelve years and it's a real buzz for me to be involved in helping practitioners support some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Outside work I am kept busy by my family and also enjoy walking my dog, cooking and going to gigs.
Tel: 07788 414023
After a lifetime working with vulnerable children and their families, I find joy in sharing ideas with others who are taking such work forward. Our associates take the work of researchers and theorists from around the world and make it useful for everyday life and work.
Having spent the last five years working in a busy school office, I am delighted to bring some insights from the education sector to support the work of KCA. I love working as part of a team and the collaborative approach here is a pleasure to be a part of. When not at work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, walking in the beautiful Gloucestershire landscape, and open water swimming.
Junior Developer / IT Support
After starting out working in programming as a school leaver, I have come full circle in recently returning to it as an apprentice. Having spent many years feeling that I would like my energies to have more social value, I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to help support and facilitate the incredible work that KCA does.
I'm very pleased to have joined KCA, and to have the opportunity to work directly with our clients and support our training events. Being part of KCA's work to help vulnerable people makes me feel I am putting my recent Health and Social Care A-level into practice.
Finance Officer/ Project Co-ordinator
In my previous role as Finance Officer at my local Children's Centre, I participated in a Five to Thrive training course and experienced the motivating approach of KCA. I feel privileged to be working in an organisation that is passionate about making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Managing Director and Board Representative for the Employee Owned Trust
With experience in education and community development, I help people achieve their potential and support local communities to take action on things that are important to them.
As an experienced leader, facilitator and engagement specialist, I help people and communities take action on things that are important to them, enabling great places for our kids to grow up and for us all to grow older in. Throughout my career, I have developed an exceptional reputation across the social sector and educational organisations, developing expertise in community engagement, training and facilitation and facilitating systems change.
Systems & Finance Director
As the team would confirm, I am never happier than when head down in programming, spreadsheets or statistics. At the same time, I love knowing that - through the amazing work of our associates, writers and partners in front-line services - what I do has real social value.
You can see our organisation structure here.