Kate worked as a communication skills trainer in countries across Europe and including Japan, and has lived in Amber Valley for well over 30 years. When her sons were young, she was a volunteer for a major charity, latterly as a Trustee. She has long experience of managing people, including in stress situations of many kinds. Charity work took her to Westminster for various campaigns, mainly about health, and she loves the Houses of Parliament, whilst recognising that some more outdated traditions could do with revision. She had roles ranging from local branch chair and minutes secretary to support group co-ordinator, mentor and national Presidential candidate.
Kate currently works in the gift shop at a major tourist attraction, and enjoys helping visitors make the most of Derbyshire. She has had two stints as a Parish Councillor in Crich, and in the current one is a member of the Planning subgroup; other casework has included housing, highways, personal finance and the local environmental campaign that exposed an otherwise secret nuclear dump.
Housing is one of the major current issues in Amber Valley, where developers appear to be having a field day including on greenfield land. Others include fracking and opencast mining.
Kate and husband Paul sing together in a church choir, and enjoy music of all kinds, not just classical. Kate reads avidly, especially Jane Austen.
Memberships include Lib Dem Women, AIMS (the Association for Improvements in Maternity Care), LDDA and the birthcentres e-group.