Who we are

Dr Wendy Thorley 

PhD, M.Ed, B.A (Hons) Ed. R.G.N. 

National Teaching Fellow HEA, 

Trainer for Friends Resilience Programme 

Director of CEL&T

Co-Founder ACE Network North East

Additional professional qualifications: 

  • NMT Advanced Clinical Practice Training (NueroSequential Model of Therapeutics and Mobius Care)

  • NMT interventions for supporting traumatised children,  

  • Further Education and Adult Teaching Certificate

  • Internal Verifiers Award 

  • Vocational and Skills Trainer and Assessor, 

  • HRD and HRD Training (Level 4), 

  • HE Diploma: Further Education Teaching

  • Youth Trainers Award,

  • HE Diploma - Primary Education

  • Counselling in the development of learning, including counselling the bereaved.

  • Facilitator for Friends Resilience Programme (all programmes) 

Al Coates MBE

BSc Social Work,

Trainer for Friends Resilience Programme 


Director of CEL&T

Co-Founder ACE Network North East

Co-founder the Adoption & Fostering Podcast

Director of Phoenix Community Care

Trustee for Families in Care

Blogger at alcoates.co.uk

Member of the DfE’s Adopter Reference Group

Additional professional qualifications:

Facilitator for Friends Resilience Programme (all programmes)

Management (Level 5)

NVR: Non Violent Resistance


Dr Wendy Thorley has been involved in several programmes as a consultant and programme leader, during her University career including: Applied Family Studies, Early Years Professional Status, Foundation Degree in Education and Care, BA (Hons) Education and Care, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and collaborative partnerships with further education colleges and Local Authority organisations for continuing professional development (CPD). Within her role of Senior lecturer she led her department in developing the use of technological innovations to enhance the learning experience. Her innovative use of virtual learning environments for network peer and tutor support and the collection of student feedback has been commended. during her career she has completed a range of CPD initiatives to develop her teaching and learning expertise. She gained professional experience initially in Nurse Education prior to moving into  primary education. She has held positions in  Local Authority Social Services Human Resource Department (HRD) related programmes before consolidating her experience first in Further Education then moving into higher education.  She is highly regarded across voluntary and statutory organisations locally and regionally and has published a range of papers, completed national and regional consultancy roles and  a number of invited key note speaker contributions.


Mr Al Coates MBE: is an experienced Social Worker who has extensive knowledge of Fostering, independent Social Work and as a Social Work Practice Educator and Trainer. As a member of the Department for Education's Expert Advisory Group on Adoption Support (now replaced by Adoption and Special Guardian advisory group) he has undertaken to help support families recognising these children and young people can present with a wide range of behaviours. In addition, managing his own Foster Care caseload, working with Foster Carers and residential settings for children he understands that children can display behaviour that can be viewed as unacceptable, aggressive or violent; and managing these behaviours places immense pressure on all involved directly and indirectly. Mr Coates runs a popular blogging site at alcoates.co.uk; 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. 

for details of Key Notes, Conferences, CPD and Training delivered please click HERE

Ruth Whiteside: 

M.Ed in Leadership, PGCE,

BA (Hons),

Trainer for Friends Resilience Programmes


Director CEL&T

Director of Coaching Solutions for Schools Ltd

Additional Professional Qualifications:

Certified profiler for 6 seconds/ Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Facilitator for Friends Resilience Programme (all programmes)

Scott Casson Rennie



Co-Founder Adoption and fostering Podcast


Ruth 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. Ruth gained her Masters in Educational Leadership from Newcastle University.


Scott has recently left Adoption UK where he worked for more than 5 years as Head of Engagement & Delivery. Scott has more than 20 years experience in Customer Relationships and Management. Whilst at Adoption UK Scott developed extensive appreciation of the complexities and life long impact ACEs can have for children and adults. He is widely regarded and recognised for his understanding and expertise in living with children who have a range of behavioural difficulties when trying to fit into popular society and schooling. Scott lead a team of regional engagement and delivery managers delivering services within Local Authorities, and the new partially funded DfE initiative 'Adopter Voice' as well as providing consultancy in a range of media forums


Company number 10659796


Company Address: Mill View, Plessey Hall Farm Plessey Hall Lane, Shotton Lane, Cramlington, Northumberland, United Kingdom, NE23 1JH

Telephone: 07758 589529                                                                       

© 2017 CEL&T all rights reserved. Copying any part of this web site without prior permission prohibited.