With 20+ years in Financial Services, Kate has worked at a global software house (Ipreo), a UK bank (Lloyds Banking Group), a European bank (Deutsche Bank) and a US bank (Citigroup).
She has also worked across a range of roles and areas in the industry (Markets, Finance, Strategy, Technology, Operations and Innovation), while keeping a laser focus on simplification and the democratisation of understanding + access.
It was at Citi that she led the initial build out and subsequent success of the platform now known as CitiVelocity, as well as being a co-founder and board member of Trade Ideas Limited (TIL – an award-winning, vendor-neutral industry utility for electronic alpha capture.)
Kate's current 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. Combined with her naturally engaging energy and understanding, 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 with start-ups and scales-ups against 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.
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, 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 20+ years’ experience in Financial Services, she is in prime position to promote gender diversity across the banking space, which she does at various industry conferences.
Kate also single-handedly delivered 50/50 gender parity within the talent pipeline for the Lloyds Banking Group Commercial Banking Markets division in 2017.
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.