Kathy is a history graduate. She trained to be a chartered accountant with Arthur Young (a predecessor firm of Ernst and Young). After two years in the firm's National Technical and Advice Department; she moved to the Birmingham office and was responsible for a portfolio of audit clients, also advising on several equity financing placements and representing the firm in some litigation work.
She has experience across the not for profit sector including in healthcare through managing the Finance Department at a, then, newly formed NHS Trust; education through roles at Warwick University and a leading independent school; and from a number of voluntary roles.
She has recently retired as Group Finance Director of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), a charity group working in the resource management and environmental sectors. Her qualifications include the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. She has two grown-up children; and in her spare time enjoys reading and gardening.