Anam Cara Educational Support





Anam Cara: Who’s Who?


Frank and Sue McDermott are the co-founders of Anam Cara Educational Support which they created in October 2006. Blessed to have been married for thirty nine years, Sue and Frank have four grown-up children and four grandchildren.


Anam Cara is a new creative ministry that offers to walk alongside professional colleagues in a spirit of positive and enthusiastic support, rooted in Christ. Anam is Gaelic for soul and cara is the Gaelic word for friend so ‘Anam Cara Educational Support’ attempts to be much more than an advisory service or a consultancy service. 


While Sue and Frank, and indeed other colleagues do offer advice and consultancy, they try to offer a deeper sense of professional and pastoral companionship.  They see ‘Anam Cara’ in all its work as nurturing human wholeness through professional and pastoral support rooted in Jesus Christ.  They both acknowledge that there is no distinction between the sacred and the ordinary and therefore all courses, conferences, retreats, pilgrimages, CPD opportunities and school visits are rooted in their Catholic Christian Faith. From September 2011, Anam Cara will take a much more localised ministry> Please see the note at the foot of the home page.








































Having taught in both primary and secondary schools, Frank specialised in children with learning difficulties and was Head of the Doncaster Teaching Support Service before being appointed headteacher of a Catholic Primary School in Doncaster.






























He has been Director of the well-respected and popular North-East Diocesan Sabbatical Programme which is now in its tenth year. Eighty nine headteachers and thirty nine long serving members of staff have thus far experienced sabbatical.


Frank’s grandmother is in the Guinness Book of Records! He is Chair of Trustees of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB, founder of Encircling Publications, is co-author of ‘Communities of Hope: Developing Collaborative Ministry in the Local Church’ ,

author of 'Journeying Together', 'Building Community / Building the Kingdom'and the incredibly popular prayer journal "Walking with my God". He has a passion for Church education. He also loves red wine; probably too much!


Frank and/or Sue may be contacted on 01302 846532 or at





Sue taught in two primary schools in Manchester and Darlington prior to taking time out as a full-time mum.  When not teaching full-time, Sue was also a ‘Brown Owl’ for a large Brownie group, a parish catechist, and facilitated a parent and toddler group.  As the children grew older she worked part-time as a special needs teacher, specialising in autism and had responsibility for adult literacy in Doncaster.  On returning to full-time teaching Sue taught for a time with Frank before being appointed deputy head in a Doncaster school. 

Prior to creating Anam Cara with Frank, Sue was a well known and respected headteacher of a Catholic Primary School set in a mining community in North Nottinghamshire.


Sue retains her role as parish catechist and also works part-time as a Development Worker for Rainbows South Yorkshire, a bereavement support programme for children and young people. She began playing the piano in 2004 and is a keen ‘quilter’.

After eight years service as headteacher, Frank worked nationally for two years as the Professional Development Officer for the Catholic Education Service (CES). In 1994 he was appointed Director of Schools for the Diocese of Hallam, a post he held for twelve years, until September 2006.  As Director of Schools, he had a wide brief, covering all aspects of a diocesan education service including responsibility of the Diocesan Inspection Service, religious education and the formation of staff.

Anam Cara Educational Support

                                                                                                                                                                                                 "no distinction between the sacred and the ordinary"