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.