Anita Kerwin-Nye

Anita Kerwin-Nye is an education campaigner. Anita helps organisations and systems work more effectively to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children and young people. She is a national leader in the education/charity interface. See Anita’s LinkedIn profile.


AKN Consultancy

AKN Consultancy is run by Anita Kerwin-Nye working with a team of associates and partners with expertise across education, charities, research and policy. AKN Consultancy works exclusively in the space around improving outcomes for children and young people with a focus on those who are most vulnerable. See Senior Associate Matt Overd’s LinkedIn profile.


How do we work?



AKN Consulting has a consultancy offer that supports organisations at every stage of their life cycle. While we have particular expertise in helping organisations take products and services to scale we have a track record in supporting organisations from start up through to leaving a legacy after closure.

We combine strategy, theory of change and organisational development experience and expertise to help organisations move through change. Associates have supported both large programmes of organisational development at British Red Cross and Breakthrough Breast Cancer and worked to support smaller not for profits such as Driver Youth Trust and Artis Foundation.

With a proven track record in marketing and income generation we support the development of business planning that matches organisational strategy. Associates have directly secured over £10million of funding for clients and supported the development of successful fundraising and income generation strategies for organisations big and small.



One of our strengths is the development of consortia approaches to achieving national change. We supported the formation of the Learning Away Consortium – now in its 3rd year championing brilliant residentials – and Anita formed and led the Whole School SEND Consortium which is now running the Department for Education SEND Contract for the third year.

Collaborative working is increasingly important in an era of less resource but often increased need. AKN Consulting always start from a perspective that combining resources is better for the children and young people we serve. In 2018 we are supporting Campaign 22 (a collaboration focusing on outdoor learning) and Cultural Inclusion (a collective focusing on the right of children and young people with disabilities to access their cultural entitlement).


Developing people

AKN Consulting has a particular focus on developing leaders in the education and charity space. Anita developed the ‘Advocate’ model for teachers who wished to develop traditionally charity skills and this is now used in both SEND and by A New Direction. AKN Consulting is running the first open course for Advocates in September 2018.

All Associates offer paid for mentoring services and Anita and associates also undertake pro bono mentor and sponsor roles. Anita is currently supporting the Futures Plus programme.

Anita is a Fellow of the CIPD.



Alongside campaigning work and as part of consultancy roles AKN Consulting develop and support campaigns in areas of particular importance. Campaigns have the common theme of combating exclusion and improving collaboration for better outcomes.

Over 2018 they are directly supporting Every Child Should, #drawnin, #bystanderaction as well as ongoing work around access to arts and outdoor education.

AKN Consulting will amplify and promote the campaigns of both clients and others in areas of interest and over 2018 these are likely to include work on oracy, inclusive literacy, #brilliantresidentials and citizenship.


Sharing learning

AKN Consulting focuses on sharing learning from across their respective disciplines with a particular focus on the education and charity interface and on approaches to improve systems for better outcomes.

These often, with permission, draw on their experiences with clients and previous organisations but also draw evidence from across their extensive networks.

AKN Consulting have a policy of telling it how it is – their work also includes the things they have got wrong to support learning and they are committed to debating the difficult issues.

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AKN Consulting also supporting sharing of learning through its campaigns:

  • Every Child Should focuses on outcomes for children and young people but particularly the most vulnerable. Follow Every Child Should on Twitter @EveryChildShld and sign up to receive updates here
  • Sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto here and sign up to receive updates here
  • Follow Drawn In on Twitter @drawn_or_pushed
  • Follow Outdoor Citizens on Twitter @OutdoorCitizens and sign up receive updates here
  • Follow Anita on Twitter @anitakntweets and Matt @mattoverd

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Speaking and conferences

Anita is a sought after speaker on both inclusion and on educational and charity systems. She does a number of pro bono sessions a year that support AKN Consulting priorities and tailors charges for other events.

Her slides and speaking summaries are often included on the AKN Consulting site.

To contact Anita for speaking opportunities email: or use the contact form.


Developing new products

AKN Consulting work to develop new products and programmes to support organisations and systems to improve their outcomes. Some of these they provide pro bono and others are charged for. These products and programmes may be developed in partnership.


How are we paid

We operate a traditional consultancy model with a day rate and agreed outcomes.

We also sell our own products and programmes.

These two areas form the core of our income.

In addition we develop approaches speculatively – investing our own time and resources and agreeing a model for return on investment on a case for case basis. This might include future consultancy contracts, sales, or profit shares.

We recognise that many organisations cannot afford support during their start-up or when developing new programmes and we do consider approaches for equity shares for our input.

We have an active pro bono programme.

For more information on potential models for working with us please contact