With nearly 25-years in Financial Services, Kate is a global leader, having driven commercial success in American, European, Australian and UK headquartered institutions.
Delivering positive impact and change across the Financial industry (Asset Management, Markets, Finance, Strategy, Technology, Operations and Innovation), Kate has kept a clear focus on innovation and simplification, with the use of human-centred design and storytelling to ensure the complex is never complicated (for her teams and her stakeholders).
She led the initial build out and early success of Citi's early online platform (aka CitiVelocity), as well as being a co-founder and board member of Trade Ideas Limited (TIL – an award-winning, industry utility for electronic Alpha capture.)
Kate's recent focus of creating partnerships and engaging with accelerators, incubators, start-ups and scales-ups, offers incredible access to founders, users, clients, fintechs, tech giants and other Financial Services brands. Her current focus is reimagining the world of Asset Management at Macquarie Group.
Leveraging her authentically engaging energy and understanding to create high-performing teams, with shared purpose and vision, she is well-placed within the FS and Fintech ecosystem to manifest more magic.
Having talked AND walked high value disruption delivery from identified challenge to ideation and execution, Kate currently engages willingly with all areas of responsible innovation - from unknown, known and near/distant future commercial challenges.
Ever the protagonist, she continues to challenge the status quo: to ask people to see beyond the obvious or comfortable in how to support people in living their best lives. She is lighthearted yet perceptive in her approach, enabling all stakeholders to align to a shared outcome with both passion and reason.
The active choice to remain curious and alive to the art of the im/possible is core to her character.
Ultimately, she would like to see problem solving leverage the extensive diversity of THOUGHT that is available via everyone's collective walks of life – from all levels of education, ability, gender, sexuality, religion, behaviour, thinking, industries, disciplines, neural make-up, etc.
Kate is a firm believer in the power of a shared understanding/ awareness as something that can deliver significantly more meaningful, inclusive and resilient outcomes - especially when it is baked in at the beginning.
Beginning her career as an academic & art curator before going straight into Financial Services and co-founding an industry start-up with three other investment banks, Kate has not taken the orthodox route into her blue chip banking career.
As a result, she consciously works to reach back and support others in their own 'squiggly career' progression.
Now with more than two decades of experience in Financial Services, she is in prime position to promote gender diversity across the banking space, which she does at various industry conferences, as well as a public speaker.
Kate single-handedly delivered 50/50 gender parity within the talent pipeline for the Lloyds Banking Group Commercial Banking Markets division in 2017.
In 2021, she was delighted to be a contributer to the first-of-its-kind publication by Nadia Edwards-Dashti (Fintech Women Walk The Talk - Moving the Needle for Workplace Gender Equality in Financial Services and Beyond)
Kate notes a comment made in 2019 by Anne Boden at a talk hosted by Finastra, where the Starling Bank founder stated that in the drive to create her vision of a "better way of doing things", it has often been a case of “just get on with it”... Kate couldn't have put it better herself.