Who is Kate?
Well, that's a good question. Who are any of us, anyway? But if that's too big a dilemma to start with, here's a short(ish) version of my story...
With a rich early life experience that involved living and schooling in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. I completed a BA (Hons) degree in modern languages before becoming a graduate trainee in a technology industry analyst firm where I researched local loop broadband technologies. After five years I moved to the UK's largest ISP and FTSE 100 Company and worked as Product Manager, overseeing the launch of the first residential, unlimited dial-up Internet service.
Having developed a steady yoga and meditation practice by this time, and finding I was called to explore this connection further, I took a year off to study and practice intensively in India, Nepal and Crete. Soon after this my teacher suggested I cover some of her classes. Although it was unplanned, I soon realised that I loved working in a transformative way with people and never made it back to the technology industry. After five years teaching at London's top yoga centres I had to have surgery to remove part of my right foot, and this meant I could no longer teach full-time. I chose to move from personal into professional development (although I don't believe you can truly separate the two). From 2006-9, as the Training Manager for The Partnering Initiative, I helped pioneer a new kind of collaborative leadership that enabled cross-sectoral teams to deal with intractable problems that no one organisation could tackle on their own. Three years later I set up and delivered the first two School for Social Entrepreneurs programmes in Devon, delivering innovative, action-based learning programmes to help build the growing social enterprise sector.
In 2010 I received some extraordinary mentoring myself, and realised that this was something I really wanted to do. So in 2011 I started up my own coaching business, The Mindset Coach. I'm accredited at Senior Practitioner Level with the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC), a Certified Analytic-Network Coach and hold a PGDip with Merit in Coaching & Mentoring from Sheffield Business School. I am accredited in Belbin Team Roles and am a qualified and experienced Action Learning Set Facilitator. I have set up or been on the boards of a number of businesses and social enterprises, and since 2016 work part-time in the NHS as a leadership and organisational development facilitator and coach.
My two decades of practice of yoga and meditation are a foundation for my own capacity to listen (to myself, and to others), and to be present and compassionate. I bring this to my clients, alongside my more conventional education in leadership and coaching.
I live in the woods on Dartmoor, in Devon, with my husband Ben, an artist, and two somewhat disobedient dogs.