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Who’s Who in The Educational Guidance Service Team

Our psychologists have a wide range of experience in management and leadership and are knowledgeable in the fields of:-

  • Specific learning difficulties (eg. dyslexia)
  • Behaviour
  • Early years
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Sensory impairment
  • Profound and multiple difficulties

The range of experience extends from early years to higher education.

Team Principals

Alex Griffiths


Alex Griffiths is an Educational Psychologist with over 30 years experience.  The author of various books and texts on parental involvement, reading and behaviour he also edited the magazine “Special” for over 10 years.

Director of Schools
Karen Jones


Karen is an educational psychologist of many years experience. She has worked with local education authorities and is familiar with multi-agency working. Karen has worked extensively in early years settings and in schools. She continues to work on a regular basis with children, their parents and staff at schools. Another part of Karen’s role includes working with students in colleges and universities. She frequently prepares and delivers training for a range of agencies and institutions and has experience of working within the legal system.

Principal Consultant
Elaine Douglas


Elaine has almost 30 years’ experience as an educator, psychologist and trainer. After qualifying as an educational psychologist in 1988 she moved to the Isle of Man where she initially worked for the Department of Education. In 1991 Elaine established her own psychological services for children and their families, adults and organisations. Elaine is now the Principal Consultant and heads The Kade Consultancy, a division of EGS.  Her keen interests are the effects of stress and how to deal with it. Author of the manual “Bullying in the Workplace”, she also helps children, parents, managers and organisations manage difficult behaviour.

Core Psychology Team

Alison Fox

Chartered Psychologist BSc, MSc, MBPsS, , RQTU

Alison is a Chartered Psychologist and senior member of the Kade team and has responsibilities within the operational management of the consultancy. She specialises in workplace assessments, workplace wellbeing and designing and delivering training. Alison works with a range of clients and works both within educational institutions and public sector organisations. She obtained managerial experience from a young age while completing her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Occupational Psychology.  Following her degree, she spent time working with young individuals in an educational setting and she is passionate about supporting and developing people in the workplace.  She has been involved in a range of projects including: job analysis and design of competency frameworks, assessment and development of work teams, validation and evaluation of assessment processes and delivering awareness training involving communication styles and understanding others.

Alison is also a highly experienced assessor of adults with Specific Learning Difficulties and hence is well placed to understand the difficulties faced by those who have disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Autism and ADD/ADHD. She works with individuals to help them understand their strengths and difficulties to develop strategies which drive their performance and increase their capabilities.

Alison is a member of the British Psychological Society and Division of Occupational Psychology. She is qualified in Occupational Testing: Ability and Occupational Testing: Personality.

In her free time, Alison enjoys walking in the countryside, keeping fit and watching sports such as rugby, as well as relaxing with some retail therapy.


  • Assessment
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Training

Business Psychologist BSc, MSc ,MBPsS, TOP, RQTU, MBACP

Keri is an experienced Psychologist with a career spanning over 18 years, working in the field of assessment and development. He specialises in assessment, coaching and consultancy, and has worked with individuals at all levels of organisation from grass roots to senior management.

Keri has worked with a range of commercial and public sector organisations, specialising in psychometric testing, job analysis and design, competency design, assessment centre and delivery, training and feedback. He has considerable experience in assessment for recruitment and development and has conducted research and validation studies. He spent 4 years managing and resourcing voluntary sector services and throughout his career he has taken a particular interest in development. Keri is an experienced counsellor and coach who has provided coaching at executive level and for personal development within organisations.

Keri is also trained in Occupational Assessment for Ability. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and Division of Occupational Psychology and is currently working towards Chartership.


  • Assessment
  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Selection and Recruitment
  • Leadership Development
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Counselling
  • Stress Management

Occupational Psychologist BA, MSc, CPsychol, RQTU, HCPC registered

Simon is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 12 years’ experience in helping organisations to recruit and develop their people to improve performance and wellbeing. He has a particular passion for understanding what makes people tick and aligning this with achieving organisational needs.

He has significant experience in designing and delivering assessment and development centres, leadership development programmes, psychometrics and coaching. He has worked primarily with clients in the public sector, education and professional services sectors.

Simon is a member of the British Psychological Society, a founder member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is licensed to use a wide range of ability and personality psychometrics and is an accredited performance and executive coach.

Before joining Kade, Simon worked as an Occupational Psychologist, recruiting and developing talent for the Police Service at all levels. Following this, he delivered assessment, training and coaching services to a range of public and private sector clients as a freelance consultant.

In his free time, Simon enjoys spending time with his young son and playing the drums.


  • Assessment and Development Centre design and delivery
  • Assessor training
  • Leadership Development
  • Coaching
  • Specific Learning Difficulties


John Bradley

Dr John Bradley has worked as an educational psychologist in England, Hong Kong and Brunei. In Nottinghamshire he was Principal Educational Psychologist and Head of Special Educational Needs Services. A theme in this work was the promotion of inclusive education. He now works with The Educational Guidance Service to provide assessment and advice to university students with additional needs. He also continues to publish academic research in to widening participation in higher education and the ethics of university marketing. He has been commissioned to undertake several Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews as well as investigations in to historic abuse. He was the author of a report for the Department of Education looking at Jimmy Savile’s contact with schools.

One of his research publications on young people and university can be read by CLICKING HERE.

Joanne Chambers


Joanne Chambers is a consultant Chartered Occupational Psychologist with extensive experience in recruitment and selection.  Joanne has previously worked within the public sector designing and delivering large scale assessment and development tools for the UK Police Service.   She specialises in assessment/development centre design and delivery, assessor training design and delivery, delivery of bespoke training courses.  Joanne is Level A and Level B Plus qualified and has experience of a range of personality tools and is competent in assessing individuals for specific learning difficulties using the WAIS-IV.  Joanne is currently completing a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching.   She combines technical knowledge and statistical expertise to achieve a track record of delivering high quality assessments efficiently, enhancing business performance.

Tim Greenwood


Tim is a HPC registered educational psychologist with experience working in the early years, primary, secondary and higher education sectors. He has special interests in video interaction guidance, an innovative approach to working with families and schools to bring about change, and dialogic approaches to team learning and organisational change.

Janet Philpott


Janet is an experienced educational psychologist with a broad base in the profession. She was a senior then Principal Educational Psychologist in a north eastern Local Authority, and she has worked at a range of levels which include recent casework and strategic experience. She has published a range of materials across diverse fields and her interests are similarly diverse, but particularly centered around early childhood development and social communication.

Dr Craig Small

Dr Craig Small is a coaching and educational psychologist with a long running interesting in behaviour, literacy, social inclusion and the psychology of collaboration and change.

In his career as a psychologist he has worked as Senior Psychologist with Middlesbrough Local Authority and most recently as Deputy Principal, and also Acting Principal Psychologist / Head of Service, with Nottinghamshire Children’s Services Inclusion Services. Craig has extensive experience of delivering and leading local authority psychology services and has twice been seconded to government projects; firstly to the Excellence in Cities program, which focused on meeting the behaviour challenge in schools, and secondly the Targeted Youth Support Program, which was concerned with the integration of children’s services to improve outcomes.

As well as extensive experience of designing and developing service systems, Craig also has many thousand of hours of experience working directly with clients, and combines these to work in a range of fields where psychology can add social value.

Deborah Finn

Deborah is an Occupational Psychologist with wide experience of working with adults with specific learning difficulties, a range of disabilities and study/employment difficulties.  She has also worked as a psychologist advisor within in a university setting, providing detailed assessments of the needs of disabled students, providing staff training, and working cooperative with academics to ensure appropriate provision for students within the context of course demands.

Deborah Smart

Deborah is an Occupational Psychologist with wide experience of working with adults with specific learning difficulties, a range of disabilities and study/employment difficulties.  She has also worked as a psychologist advisor within in a university setting, providing detailed assessments of the needs of disabled students, providing staff training, and working cooperative with academics to ensure appropriate provision for students within the context of course demands.

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