Kathryn has 30 years’ experience of working in the Further Education and training sector. Most recently, Kathryn worked for the Education and Training Foundation where she was responsible for commissioning and managing over 25 delivery projects providing over 1500 leadership, management and governance development opportunities. Known for skills in innovation and collaboration, Kathryn led on the development of ELMAG – Excellence in Leadership, Management and Governance online portal, the first sector-wide online crowd- sourcing consultation, commissioned research and managed network and events. Kathryn also played a major part in the development of the Foundation’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation.
Kathryn also worked at the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) where she managed the Intervention Service providing support to providers requiring improvement. Kathryn previously worked at NIACE for 10 years, where she set up and led the Mental Health Partnership Programme with over 2000 members across 9 networks, wrote policy for the Learning and Skills Council and was seconded to the Department of Health to report to the Cabinet Office on adult learning, mental health and social inclusion. Prior to that, Kathryn worked in an FE college where she developed a curriculum offer and support for over 300 learners who were experiencing mental health problems each year. She won two national awards for innovation and inclusiveness and attracted international attention for this work