Kate leads SDDirect’s portfolio of work on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in development and humanitarian contexts. She is a member of the senior leadership team on the global ‘What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale’ programme, funded by the UK government, and provides technical oversight to prevention programming in Zimbabwe and Syria.
Kate has a strong track record in policy and influencing, programming and team leadership. She applies feminist principles to policy development and programme design as well as to her leadership approach. She is committed to improving partnerships and collaboration within development practice to redistribute power.
With over 20 years’ experience in international development, Kate has worked within civil society, government and the private sector on violence against women and girls and women’s political empowerment in the UK, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Syria and Argentina. Whilst working for the UK government she developed a ground-breaking and ambitious portfolio on ending Violence against Women and Girls including the £25m flagship ‘What Works to Prevent Violence Research Programme’ and shaped UK policy on gender equality in the SDGs.
When she is not working, Kate is either in her polytunnel or studying Shiatsu.