Director CEL&T

Co-host: ACE Network North East

Additional Professional Qualifications:

Certified profiler for Six Seconds 

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) coach and trainer

Ruth Whiteside


Co-host: ACE Network North East

Co-founder the Adoption & Fostering Podcast

Additional professional qualifications:

Management (Level 5)

NVR: Non Violent Resistance

Al Coates MBE

BSc Social Work


Ruth Whiteside taught for twenty years in primary schools including twelve years in a senior leadership role. She left teaching to concentrate on developing teachers through coaching and mentoring with a focus on building resilience and exploring emotional intelligence (EQ). Ruth’s experience includes eight years at a mainstream primary school with provision for children dealing with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. This furthered her knowledge and understanding of why resilience and emotional intelligence are key to a greater understanding of self and others. Ruth is now a certified trainer for Friends Resilience, an intervention programme suitable for children, young people and adults. She is also certified with Six Seconds as a profiler. Ruth gained her Masters in Educational Leadership from Newcastle University. More recently ruth has supported students at Leeds Beckett University and Northumbria University as an Associate Lecturer/ tutor and is part of CollectiveEd 

Mr Al Coates MBE: is an experienced Social Worker working as an independent Social Work in addition to being a Social Work Practice Educator and Trainer. As a member of the Department for Education's Expert Advisory Group on Adoption and Special Guardian he has undertaken to help support families recognising these children and young people can present with a wide range of behaviours. In addition to managing his own Foster Care caseload, working with Foster Carers and residential settings for children he runs a popular blogging site at; for which he was awarded First4Adoptions blogger of the year in 2015 and 2016. He also produces the Adoption and Fostering Podcast. In recognition to his commitment and work he was awarded his MBE in the New Years Honours list, January 2018.