Katie has been chief executive of Kids since 2019. She is a non-profit chief executive and experienced board member with nearly three decades experience of leadership and management in the UK voluntary sector. Katie has previously served as chief executive of Women’s Aid Federation of England, the Electoral Reform Society and the British Institute of Human Rights.
Prior to this Katie held public affairs and communications roles in Parliament and in the charity sector at Age Concern England (now Age UK) and Citizens’ Advice. As a barrister in her twenties, she represented migrants and asylum-seekers and went onto fulfil Board roles with several human rights charities, including Asylum Aid, Bail for Immigration Detainees and Stonewall.
From 2006-08, Katie was an independent Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission, which was instrumental in persuading the government to pledge an end to child detention in the UK. In 2014, Katie helped to convene and pioneer the UK’s first citizens’ assemblies, which convened randomly selected citizens in two regions to consider English devolution and present their recommendations to fellow citizens and policy-makers.
Katie is an independent member of Sussex University’s governing Council and a Trustee of St George’s House, Windsor.