Catherine joined British Council in September 2018 to lead its people strategy and operations as Chief People Officer, reporting to the Chief Executive. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, which is responsible for the overall strategy, direction and management of the organisation.
Catherine was previously Group HR Director for Interserve, one of the world’s foremost support services companies, where she led the transformation of the HR agenda, developing group HR strategy and defining direction in areas including culture change, leadership, early career talent, and diversity and inclusion. Other roles have included BMI Healthcare, BAA, the BBC, Sotheby’s and Aviva and as an HR and change management consultant with KPMG and SHL Group.
Catherine holds a BSc in biology, MSc in organisational behaviour, and postgraduate qualifications in HR and executive coaching. She regularly speaks at conferences in the UK and Europe on leadership development and culture change. She is a governor of The Place, the UK’s leading centre for contemporary dance performance and education, and a board director at Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality, standing up for the human rights of women and girls.