Katie has been a professional fundraiser for 15 years, working at Oxfam, Guide Dogs and JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, before taking up her current role as Director of Income Generation at Education Support, providing mental health and wellbeing services for everyone working in education in the UK. Prior to joining the charity sector, she worked in product development for a number of large multi-national companies, and still knows more than is really healthy about drill bits and Post-it Notes.

She’s travelled extensively through East and Southern Africa, and spent time with Oxfam in South Sudan. Whilst at Guide Dogs, she launched and managed My Guide, a volunteer led sighted guiding service. Part of this project involved developing training sessions for the Association of Optometrists. She also volunteered as a puppy walker, preparing a dog for a career as a life changer for someone with sight loss.

Katie holds a Chemistry degree, the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma and an MBA. She plays violin in a symphony orchestra, sings with Rock Choir and is perpetually making things from paper, material and wool. She’s delighted to now offer a comfortable retirement to the guide dog that she puppy walked – he’s much better behaved after all his Guide Dogs training.