Kate has worked for over 20 years across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in both international and national organisations, predominantly with a focus on enabling children and young people to thrive. She has a passion for education as a key vehicle for children to achieve this, driven by her parents who were both teachers.
Prior to joining the Costa Foundation in June 2023, Kate worked as a freelance consultant through her own consulting company. Previously, Kate was Director of Business Development & Programmes at the kinship care charity, Kinship, where her team was highly commended at the Third Sector Awards in September 2021 for their response to supporting kinship families during the pandemic.
Prior to joining Kinship, Kate worked at Mentor UK, developing programmes for young people to build resilience and prevent substance misuse. She spent 11 years at Save the Children UK, mainly focused on humanitarian capacity building and child protection, and was part of the senior team that set up the £50m Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a charitable subsidiary of Save the Children UK. She also worked for Cancer Research UK securing corporate sponsorship for events such as Race for Life.
Kate studied International Studies with French at the University of Birmingham, where she spent a year living in Belgium and worked at the European Parliament in Brussels. Kate also speaks Spanish, is a keen runner has raised over £40,000 for charity personally, through events such as the London Marathon. She has travelled the globe extensively, which has helped to cultivate her love of coffee! Kate is passionate about female empowerment and sits on the board of the City Women Network.