Annie is a highly experienced leadership coach, mentor, trainer and facilitator.
She is a catalyst for innovative projects spanning education, community and social enterprise, with a strong track record of incubating successful community projects, social enterprise and transforming environments. Key work skills: facilitation of peer to peer action learning sets, a deep understanding of early childhood development and organisational resilience. Annie is a passionate advocate of connecting to nature for better health and well-being. Her most recent book for early years practitioners “A Sense of Place – mindful practice outdoors” was published by Bloomsbury in 2019.
Annie’s career spans teaching, inspection, writing, lecturing and management. She has held successful leadership roles including 12 years heading up an award winning service of 300 staff, head of community education centre, interim headteacher of a nursery school and children’s centre and founder of three thriving charitable social enterprises in her home town of Oxford. She believes that supporting leaders’ resilience is essential for a team, setting or organisation to flourish. She is passionate about her family, human development, Nature and creating great spaces for work and life.
Linden Learning has two spheres – Linden Early Years and Linden Coaching.
Linden Learning’s early years team has built up a reputation in the sector for a deep knowledge of how young children learn and develop. Many of our associates are published authors and have written regularly for popular early childhood magazines. We also work regularly in settings and have a real appreciation of current issues facing staff working in settings across the country.
We understand that time for professional development is precious and will work with you to make sure that all our training is engaging, purposeful and enjoyable. We offer a range of packages to suit differing priorities and are keen to discuss individual needs to tailor support to each setting.
Linden Early Years offers training, consultancy and coaching on all aspects of Early Childhood, including leadership and management.
"Thank you, for a really good training day. The day went quickly and in a ‘good’ way! [It was] presented in an interesting way with a good balance of listening, discussion and video clips.”
Ruth Matthews, Nursery Assistant Alton College Nursery
"Linden Learning have delivered tailor made training for our team and this has had a direct impact on our practice. We believe [Linden Learning] has helped us obtain our outstanding Ofsted rating by keeping us up to date with current inspection framework and delivering the training we need to exceed it. Linden Learning gives great advice to us as individuals and also helps us work more effectively as a team”
April Alderton, Manager Whytebeams Nusery