I am a co-founder and Chair of the Board of Sing Up Ltd., and Chair of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company, a learning disabilities-led arts organisation.

I have worked across a wide spectrum of organisations and communities - from early years settings to universities, grassroots women’s groups to local municipality departments, and small arts collectives to government ministries, major arts centres and concert halls. From 2001 to 2015 I was Founding Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead in the Northeast of England, responsible for the strategic design and leadership of its music learning and participation programme, delivering across the Northeast of England, nationally and internationally.

Katherine has been working with me as a mentor and ‘thinking buddy’…I find her particular combination of wisdom, objectivity and empathy very supportive, and she always gives me a fresh perspective when I am too close to a problem.
— Eve O’Kelly, Music Generation, Ireland


I work with organisations in a variety of ways, including strategic planning, leadership development,critical friendship, mentoring, team development and training. I like to draw on variety of creative facilitation approaches to stimulate shared critical thinking, build meaningful consensus and catalyse innovation, working in partnership with clients to design and develop the right relationship and process of work.

I’m a qualified Relational Dynamics Coach offering both one-to-one coaching and team sessions, as well as mentoring and advisory support for individuals in their leadership development; particularly those working in the fields of arts, culture and music education

This was my first ever life-coaching session... Katherine lead me through the process beautifully, helping me focus on what I really wanted to talk about and asking just the right questions to move the process forward. I found some of the simple visualisation exercises we tried incredibly helpful. And the images I conjured up have stayed with me and motivated me to achieve some of the goals I set myself during the session. I’m so glad I tried this. It felt invaluable to be able to look more clearly at how things are and how I would like them to be; to be guided through that process and to set clear goals for myself...