Kate studied Engineering and Economics and started her career as a manufacturing engineer at Jaguar Cars, in charge of the XJS sports car assembly line.
After an MBA at INSEAD, Kate joined BP in a strategy team in the refining and marketing business. Over the following 22 years, Kate held commercial and operational leadership roles across all parts of the BP Group, These roles included the financing and commercial management of an international gas pipeline, the coordination of BP’s North Sea crude oil trading and the running and restructuring of a global chemicals business. Kate also spent time in BP’s corporate centre when she was a member of the team which negotiated the merger with Amoco; she subsequently led the internal communication and launch of the innovative Helios brand.
Kate spent the last eight years of her time at BP leading change at BP’s Shipping company. This was first as Strategy and Planning Director where she developed and secured BP Board support for an updated fleet investment and management strategy, and then as Commercial Vice President where she transformed BP Shipping’s commercial performance.
In 2015 Kate joined the Ministry of Justice as Commercial Director of the National Offender Management Service (subsequently Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service) where her portfolio included private prisons, probation and rehabilitation services and electronic monitoring. In 2017 Kate joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as Commercial Director, where she oversees all procurement, contract management and revenue generation activities associated with the safe and efficient clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy.