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Career history

2003 to 2006: Development Officer, Enterprising Nottinghamshire

Enterprising Nottinghamshire was a small team based in Nottinghamshire County Council's regeneration department. Its broad brief was to support the development of an enterprising culture in the County. Kate set up and hosted events for business leaders and managed projects with SMEs tailored to their needs. This required a great deal of empathy, knowledge and skill. Kate also wrote reports and funding applications and managed a European Social Fund project entitled "increasing competitiveness through experiential learning".

1999 to 2003: Support Services Manager at Family Care

Family Care is a voluntary, independent social work and adoption agency and a registered charity based in Nottingham City. Kates role was wide and varied, including financial planning and monitoring, recruitment, policy making and strategic planning, the initiation and development of systems including ICT procurement, researching and submitting funding applications, recruiting to and managing the support services team, marketing and PR. Her work was strongly influenced by the belief that voluntary doesn't have to mean amateurish and she worked hard from within the leadership team and reporting to the management committee to enable a more professional, business like approach to work.

1995 to 1999: Secondary Initial Teacher Education Partnership

In the Department of Secondary and Tertiary Education at The Nottingham Trent University. Kate researched, negotiated and sustained good partnerships with teachers in over 100 schools and colleges, adding considerable value to the Initial Teacher Education scheme.

1987-91 and 1976-79: Summary of industrial experience

Following a management trainee programme, a wide variety of experience at senior management level including 'hands on' directorships at a printing and publishing company and a restaurant. This gave me an enormous and rich experience to draw from in her subsequent career.

Voluntary work: Chair of Governors, South Wolds Community School, Keyworth

Kate has been a governor since 1992 and Chair since 1996. She is actively involved in the governance of the school including staff appointments, strategic development and school improvement planning. Kate chairs the finance committee which sets and monitors the school budget.

Kate took a lead role in appointing the head teacher at South Wolds School (January 2001). The school continues to be academically successful and attracts a large percentage of out of catchment pupils. She is also a governor at Tollerton Primary School where she has recently taken staff and governors through a series of planning meetings to establish the schools strategic direction.

For a more detailed CV and references, please contact Kate who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.