Kate has a wealth of experience in public sector and commercial research, higher education and sports development. As Director of Research and Insight, Kate is responsible for directing and managing research projects, analysis and reporting, writing tenders and new business development.
Prior to joining Shift, Kate worked for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) where she led on teaching, learning and assessment guidance and publications, education for sustainable development and data-informed quality assurance and enhancement activities. With nearly two decades of experience in higher education, from lecturer to dean roles, Kate has helped to secure degree-awarding powers and university title for a small, specialist provider, she was a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessor, and remains a judge for the Green Gown Awards and QS World University Rankings.
Kate has also worked in government and commercial research, including as a Senior Leisure Analyst for Mintel, where she wrote over 50 marketing intelligence reports. She was a Research Manager for Sport England and managed numerous large-scale research projects, including both the quantitative and qualitative strands of the Young People and Sport in England survey across 4,000 schools, which underpinned national school sport policy development.
Kate’s PhD examined the role of sport and physical activity in community development and cohesion and she has published several journal articles and book chapters exploring this area. She has completed 12 marathons and over 220 half marathons, but now prefers spin classes and the sauna!