Kate is currently Honorary President of the Pennine Calder District Scouts, a Director of the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company, a Board member of the Halifax Victoria Theatre Trust and an assessor for the Duke of York Community Initiative Award.
She is strongly committed to developing the role of the Third Sector as an equal partner in shaping civil society and has always played an active part in the local community. In addition to volunteering in parent, school and young mother support, Kate has previously chaired the Board of Governors at a local primary school and acted as secretary to a small charity promoting advocacy for people with learning disabilities. Recognising the need for global understanding and sharing of skills, learning and support, Kate has worked on charitable projects in Romania.
In previous voluntary and charitable roles Kate has been a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Completing terms of office as Chair of the Grants Committee and Chair of the Board. In November 2010 she completed a 6 year term of office as a Trustee on the UK Board of the Community Foundation Network, chairing the Operations and Programmes Committee from 2008. Kate was consequently a Trustee of the Big Lottery Fair Share Trust UK Board from 2005-2010. She was Chair of the Fair Share Trust programme from November 2008. In addition she has been Vice-Chair of the Women’s Centre for Calderdale and Kirklees, a board member of the One Community Foundation in Kirklees, chaired the Equality Forum for Calderdale and the Capital Appeal Committee for Kirkwood Hospice, served as Honorary President of the Todmorden Civic Society, and in 2012 completed a piece of work acting as the independent Chair of a Steering Group looking at the future sustainability of the markets in Todmorden.
Kate is a retired NHS Associate Director for Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role she was responsible for strategy implementation on all aspects of the sustainable development agenda covering, employment, capital, procurement, environment, local strategic partnerships, occupational health services, equality and human rights. A key area of work was establishment and implementation of an employability scheme to increase access to NHS careers for those who were previously economically inactive.
She sat on the Advisory Board for the University of Huddersfield Business School and the Advisory Committee for the School of Management. She has been part of the UK Sustainable Development Commission expert advisory panel on public sector regulation and was appointed to the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Board in 2010. During her time on the Board she chaired a task group looking at closer dialogue between skills providers and employers.
Kate is a nurse with a broad clinical and managerial experience in the health service. Previous senior posts include practice development in clinical information systems, intensive care and infection control. Her most previous post as an Associate Director of Nursing included managing professional corporate portfolios in medicines management and clinical governance in addition to Divisional responsibility within medicine and complex care. Kate’s managerial history includes redesign of services, clinical work development re-processing and PFI hospital commissioning.
A graduate of the Cabinet Office Public Service Leaders Scheme, between 2003 and 2004 Kate worked on secondment to the Department of Health on a range of International issues and in support of the British Healthcare Industries export agenda. This included memorandums of understanding with other countries, DH representation on the Healthcare Industries Task Force and working alongside industry on Iraqi healthcare reconstruction. Incorporating this work into her economic regeneration role, Kate supported the innovation and technology strands of the NHS Economic Development programmes at the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority between 2008 and 2010.
Kate was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant to Her Majesty’s West Yorkshire Lieutenancy in December 2008.