Karen-slideThe KAA Team are all highly skilled professionals. Each member of the team brings their own unique experience and knowledge together with a shared passion for learning and quality.

We have specialists who provide excellence in – classroom practice, supporting support staff, developing middle leaders, EYFS, primary curriculum, secondary curriculum, assessment, evaluation of impact, coaching, team building, developing senior leaders and much more.

You can be sure any member of the KAA Team will deliver your professional learning event or consultancy to the high standards expected by KAA.

The KAA Team regularly meet and work together to keep updated and share current thinking.

Have a look at our individual biographies and passions…..

Knowledge and Passion for Excellence

Meet the KAA Team

Karen Ardley
Karen ArdleyDirector
Karen Ardley is a highly successful leadership consultant, and facilitator, specialising in all aspects of leadership.
Drawing on her wide experience as a teacher and leader in all phases of education, Karen designs and delivers outstanding and inspirational leadership programmes focused on change and improvement.
Her previous projects have included working with the education ministries of England, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kenya through NCTL. She is currently designing a leadership and quality assurance programme for United Nations school.
Recent international work has involved teachers and leaders from over sixty countries and KAA work successfully in partnership with several Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England, as well as individual schools.
Kate Beetlestone
Kate BeetlestoneBusiness Development Manager
Kate Beetlestone is an experienced and highly successful business manager and external business project leader.
Having previously worked for two large international companies, her expertise in growing and developing new business is raising the profile of KAA and CPLP. Kate is also an outstanding team leader and facilitator within the retail field. She is leading the growth and development of KAA and CPLP services and programmes and ‘lovin it’!


David Porritt
David PorrittDirector
David has been a Headteacher and Principal for 21 years in the UK, Singapore, The Netherlands, and China. He holds an MBA in Educational Leadership (International) a Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring and has facilitated several cohorts of international teaching staff through the International Programme for Middle Leaders for the Council of British International Schools. Along with developing and running workshops and professional learning sessions at various conferences as a consultant in schools and for a church, David is currently working to complete his doctorate in Leadership at UCL Institute of Education.
His research is concerned with Professional Agency: Exploring the Impact of Coaching on the Leadership, Learning and Self-Efficacy of School Leaders who Coach. He has been a team inspector for OfSTED and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and coaches several clients, helping them to promote desirable and sustainable change.
Outside of school, David is a keen road cyclist and musician. He plays in a rock band when time allows and enjoys long rides with friends in a cycling club.
Sue Darbyshire
Sue DarbyshireFacilitator
Sue Darbyshire is the Chief Executive Officer of Community First Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher of Platt Bridge Community School. Sue is also a National Leader of Education and supports schools nationwide. The Trust consists of an outstanding primary school (Platt Bridge Community School), a good secondary school (Rose Bridge Academy), an outstanding provider of primary and secondary teacher training (Kingsbridge SCITT) and a Teaching School (Westbridge Teaching School Alliance). Community First Academy Trust is totally committed to raising standards and to providing all pupils, staff and trainee teachers with opportunities to excel. The Trust provides inspirational leadership at all levels and extends this support to other schools both nationally and internationally.
Sue has recently undertaken consultancy and professional development for KAA in China, Egypt, Rio and Europe.
Basman Zora
Basman ZoraFacilitator
Basman is currently Head of School at The British International School, Kuala Lumpur. She has been a senior manager in international and UK schools. She currently leads on performance management and CPD and has worked actively with COBIS and BSME Schools managing and delivering high quality CPD programmes.
Previously, Basman was the English Consultant for the National Strategy, working with 14 London schools, advising senior and middle managers.
A qualified ISI inspector (Independent School Inspectorate), she has developed relevant experiences of leading and inspecting British schools overseas, and of successful implementation of BSO standards.
Recently Basman has delivered the KAA Middle Leader in various International locations including Dubai and Athens, receiving excellent feedback.
Basia Lubaczewska
Basia LubaczewskaFacilitator
Basia Lubaczewska has been part of a school’s senior leadership team since 2002, opening Park Lane International School in Prague as the Founding Director and more recently Amity International School, Abu Dhabi as the Founding Principal. Basia has also worked as a Teacher Recruitment Consultant for the Government Teacher Training Agency (TTA) in London, as a Mentor to PGCE students and as an ISI School Inspector of International and Independent Schools. Over the last four years Basia has undertaken consultancy and professional development for KAA in the UK, Europe and Middle East.
Teaching has been a lifelong passion for Basia and she is a committed to seeing every pupil flourish as well rounded and confident individuals.
Jane Walton
Jane WaltonFacilitator
Jane Walton is a successful, qualified and experienced Adult Educator whose previous roles include working as a Childcare lecturer and Curriculum Manager delivering qualifications for Teaching Assistants. Her recent work has included identifying the impact of staff working in schools to support learning. Her specialist skills, knowledge and experience are focused on the development of staff within the National Occupational Standards. Jane is committed to encouraging, developing and enabling professionalism and accountability across the whole school workforce. She is passionate about the promotion of a culture of life- long learning for all adults working with children and young people.
Brian Rossiter
Brian RossiterConsultant
As a successful teacher, leader and Headteacher, Brian Rossiter has always been passionate about learning and leadership. Having taught and led in several secondary schools across the North of England, Brian now works with a wide range of classroom practitioners and leaders from schools throughout the UK and abroad. Some of his most recent work has involved teachers, Headteachers and Middle Leaders from primary, secondary and special schools in England and Senior and Middle Leaders in International Schools in Germany, Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt. Brian understands the opportunities and challenges faced by leaders at all levels. He believes in empowering leaders, teachers and support teams to experiment, take professional risks and improve the life chances of their students. The desire to simplify national and international requirements and apply them to the local context drives his work. As a facilitator, he is able to contextualise the research and theory into practical, easy to implement strategies for all teachers and leaders to implement in order to improve their practice. Brian is able to make leadership development accessible and enjoyable for all participants.
… and when not working or with his family Brian can be found hanging from rock faces by his fingertips!
Hywel Roberts
Hywel RobertsFacilitator
Hywel’s reputation has grown hugely since he stepped out of the classroom in 2009. He has found an incredible and innovative niche in the world of model teaching contributing to and advising curriculum designers and innovators from Barnsley to Brussels, from Cairo to Cleethorpes. Hywel is as at home in front of hundreds of Headteachers on the conference circuit as he is when working with EAL children on the carpets of their classrooms. Hywel contributes to the national conversation around education at school and university level. He is an experienced teacher in Special, Primary and Secondary settings, nationally and internationally. He is also a well- respected author and contributes regularly to a variety of publications.
His award winning book ‘Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’ is published by Crown House Publishing and has proved very popular with educators around the world and now is a feature on the reading list of many university teacher training courses.
He was recently described as ‘..a world leader in enthusiasm’.
Carly Lomax
Carly LomaxFacilitator
Carly Lomax is currently Assistant Head at an outstanding primary school in Northern England and is seconded on a part-time basis to lead development in the school’s partner SCITT.
As an excellent practitioner, Carly combines classroom practice with preparing graduate trainees to become outstanding teachers through the SCITT programme.
Increasingly Carly is facilitating highly-regarded programmes, internationally and in the UK, focussing on best practices for teachers and leaders.
Paul Davies
Paul DaviesConsultant
Paul is Deputy Headteacher at Fred Longworth High School, Tyldesley. He has over 16 years’ experience in education as a teacher, subject leader and senior leader. Paul leads on Teaching and Learning, CPD and the Use of Data in school to support classroom practice. Fred Longworth is an outstanding school known for its innovation and best practice. Paul is an experienced facilitator, he has developed cluster training in conjunction with the National College and runs programmes in middle leader development. He also runs successful professional development sessions in his own school and others on the use of data, teaching and learning and on ensuring effective quality assurance. His sessions are engaging and thought provoking. He brings current knowledge, ‘on the job’ insight and perspective to all his sessions.
Charlotte Hindley
Charlotte HindleyConsultant
Charlotte Hindley is currently a Key Stage Leader and outstanding teacher at a high performing school in Northern England.
Her passion and practice ensure that all pupils in her Key Stage make good and rapid progress.
Charlotte works with her local Teaching School Alliance in a Research and Development Role, exploring the effectiveness of classroom strategies and initiatives.
She also facilitates outstanding classroom practice programmes for KAA.
Sheena Nolan
Sheena NolanFacilitator
Sheena has been a teacher for over 20 years, changing professions in her 30s from a successful career in banking where, among other responsibilities, she was a national trainer in Customer Relations. Her teaching career has taken her from schools in areas of third generation unemployment to the glitz and affluence of Dubai. Her philosophy is that the key to success in the classroom is to really know your children and show them that you value them as individuals. Inclusion has underpinned Sheena’s career, with many years in the UK as Head of Pupil Support and SENCO in a range of high schools, to SLT positions in Amman, Jordan and most recently in Dubai, UAE as Director of Inclusion. In Jordan she organised a two-day national conference for teachers and trainee teachers called ‘Included, Challenged, Successful’ which has been reported in the International Schools Magazine. Training and empowerment both of students and colleagues is pivotal to Sheena and she has trained many cohorts of Teaching Assistants to become highly effective practitioners. Further, she has mentored many graduates during their PCGE courses and colleagues as they undertook the NASENCO. As a senior leader, Sheena has developed CPD programmes, revised and improved performance management systems and delivered extensive training on the effective use of data – how to use data rather than be used by it!
Ann Howard
Ann HowardFacilitator
Ann Howard is the Director of Teaching and Learning at an outstanding primary school in the North of England. The school was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all aspects. Pupils at the school do ‘extraordinarily well’ and their achievement is “exceptional” according to Ofsted. “The senior leadership team are totally committed to raising standards and giving their pupils the best opportunities possible to be the best they can be.”
As a team they provide inspirational leadership to their staff and extend this support to other schools too. Ann has worked with all staff at her school to design a “Continuum of Learning” and differentiated input lessons to ensure outstanding progress for all learners.
As a KAA Associate, Ann has successfully facilitated programmes in UK and Internationally to inspire and enthuse teachers in both primary and secondary schools.
Fay Blackburn
Fay BlackburnConsultant
Fay is an outstanding EYFS Practitioner, currently leading the EYFS Department at a successful primary school in England.
Provision for young children at her school has been judged to be outstanding by HMI, Ofsted, giving all young learners an excellent start to their education.
As an Early Years Practitioner, a qualified teacher and with a first degree in Childhood Studies, Fay returned to Leeds University to complete a Masters Degree in Early Years Education.
Fay is an experienced and accomplished facilitator and initial teacher trainer. She also acts as a Professional Mentor for newly qualified teachers in her school.
Fay’s passion for early excellence is motivational and infectious.
Martin Haskayne
Martin HaskayneAssociate
Martin currently is Deputy Head with responsibility for safeguarding, inclusion, SEND and Behaviour at an outstanding Primary School in the North of England. Previously Martin has had extensive successful experience in supporting the implementation of SEND practice and behaviour for learning strategies in a wide range of settings and contexts.
As a KAA facilitator, Martin provides programmes and consultancy focused on the provision of all aspects of safeguarding, inclusion and behaviour for learning.
Catherine Larkin
Catherine LarkinFacilitator
Having recently moved on from headship, Catherine is now working full time as an Early Years consultant, delivering programmes on areas as diverse as “Early Literacy and Phonics”, “School Readiness”, “Gender balance and How to get it right for boys” “In the Moment Planning” “Meta Cognition in the EY” “Outdoor Learning”.
Catherine’s previous nursery school was run as an outdoor setting, incorporating Forest School principles. It was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in three separate inspections.
She is passionate about early childhood education, and getting things right for young children as they embark upon their education
Isabelle Arnett
Isabelle ArnettAssociate
Isabelle is an innovative and inspirational teacher, having taught for over 20 years in a Secondary school in the UK where the majority of pupils have EAL.  She is continually developing her craft as a teacher, pioneering highly effective strategies for questioning, differentiation and marking assessment and feedback.  In her role as a Lead Practitioner, she has shared her knowledge and her infectious passion for teaching and learning, delivering professional development which staff find entertaining, informative and motivational.
Isabelle also leads a highly effective department and has built a successful team who are similarly focused on developing the craft of teaching.
Recently Isabelle has been appointed manager of a project disseminating good practice for New to English in a group of secondary schools.