Brief biographies of our facilitators are featured below. We are currently looking for outstanding facilitators to join our team. Contact us for more information.


Steve Busby

Steve has 13 years of experience as a Primary Head teacher and a degree in Human Movement. He coordinated PE in a number of Primary Schools as well as being Head of Boys PE in a Manchester secondary school. For the past two years Steve has worked freelance as well as being PE tutor on the Primary PGCE for The Dean Trust; as a tutor for YST and an SLE for Manchester and Trafford Teaching School Alliance.

Ros Ferrara

Ros has 30 years' experience working in teaching and leadership roles in national and international schools as well as consultant and leadership roles within LA advisory teams. She leads national conferences and works with groups and individual schools, offering bespoke consultancy support. She has extensive experience in all aspects of school improvement and in creating and delivering innovative training for a range of contexts. Ros has specialisms in English and EAL. She has developed inspirational, creative resources and training which puts English at the heart of the 2014 curriculum. Her work is highly valued and sought after. 

Since joining Focus, Ros has written a number of publications, mostly related to all aspects of English, which offer clear practical advice and resources to use in the classroom. These include:

  • Planning from Quality Texts
  • The Place of Guided Reading in 2014 Curriculum
  • Teaching Poetry
  • Grammar and Punctuation Subject Knowledge
  • Progress in EAL
  • Focus English

Ann Gadsden

Anne has fourteen years experience as a head teacher of four very contrasting schools. Her last appointment was to a school in Serious Weaknesses and under her outstanding leadership it was judged as Good by OfSTED. 
Anne joined Cheshire County Council as a Senior Adviser and had a portfolio of thirty schools, during that time she qualified as a School Improvement Partner and also led the Primary Leadership Programme. 
She has experience as a Senior Manager for Cheshire East managing the Behaviour Improvement Team, Education Welfare Service and the Primary Strategy Team. Her final post was that of Monitoring & Interventions Manager for all 150 schools in Cheshire East. Anne also represented the local authority on SACRE. 
Anne presently works for two MATs as an independent consultant working in schools in Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester and Stoke. She is a governor of two schools, one in Cheshire East and one in Staffordshire, where she continues her drive to improve outcomes for all children

Dr Adrienne Green

Adrienne practised for many years as a psychotherapist and psychotherapy supervisor within both private and National Health mental health care services. In particular she worked with people suffering with severe stress, anxiety and depression. In 2006 she established her company, Nice Work Consulting Ltd., and since then has worked as a specialist coach, consultant and trainer within both private and public sector organisations. In particular she has provided workshops, group training and individual coaching at schools in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, as well as for the School Standards team within the Tri-borough Education Service.

She is delighted to have the opportunity to meet some of the leaders of schools in Manchester, and is looking forward to meeting you at the Headteachers nurture dinner.

Adrienne is author of Coaching For Resilience. A Practical Guide to Using Positive Psychology (Kogan Page 2012) and has recently achieved her PhD.

Carla Kellegher

Carla Kellegher has worked with children with additional, complex and challenging needs for over 15 years. She has been part of the Outreach team across Manchester for over 5 years delivering the local offer to mainstream Primary and Secondary schools in all areas of SEND. Carla is currently the SENDco at Chorlton CE and runs the MTSA SENDco networks termly with Seashell Trust.

Susie McAuley

Susie McAuley taught for 11 years in secondary schools before training as a play therapist. She has extensive experience working with children with social and emotional difficulties, including trauma, anxiety, and attachment-related difficulties. She is employed as Key Therapist at Chorlton CofE

Helen Morris

Reading Recovery Lead for the Institute of Education

John Evans

John Evans is an ECM director with 13 years of successful headship experience in two contrasting Primary schools.

John is a trained inspector who worked initially for CFBT and then with Ofsted. He has supported numerous schools as a Leadership Partner across the country with a proven track record of contributing to sustained improvements in the schools he has worked with. John leads training for ECM on a number of subjects and Leadership areas as well as leading on reviews of overall school effectiveness, curriculum, Pupil Premium and middle leadership.

Millie's Trust

Millie's Trust want everyone to be able to learn the skills that not only may help you to save your child's life but also your friend's, parent's or partner's.

Emma Caulfield

As ‘Literacy Focus' Emma brings years of experience as a teacher, a trainer/coach and a senior leader.  She offers a range of courses, and a consultancy service that understands the challenges of today's schools and is shaped to meet your needs.  She offers a depth of expertise and knowledge in both Literacy and learning and teaching.

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