Kate is the Founder of Sapphire Partners. Her early career was in corporate finance for financial institutions at Morgan Stanley in New York and London (1986-1989). After getting her MBA, Kate worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey in London and New York from 1991-1997 specialising in wholesale financial services: investment management and corporate finance. Subsequently Kate had a range of senior strategic roles at JPMorgan in London from 1997-2004.
Kate is often interviewed by the journalists on and off the record on issues relating to career transitions, non-executives, financial services, and women in the city and in business more broadly. Kate has been said to have one of the best networks of any woman with women in the UK, certainly within financial services. She was named as one of Red Magazine’s Red Hot Women for her work mentoring and championing corporate flexibility and was shortlisted for the CBI First Women’s award. She was also named in the list of 100 Women Making a Difference by The International Alliance of Women. Kate was recently named as a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Kate is on the Advisory Board for Rare Recruitment, the Business Leadership Committee of Wellesley College, and the European Advisory Board of the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. For 17 years, she was a Trustee on the medical charity, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (UK) and was previously the International Treasurer. She is a Trustee of the new London Institute of Imagination. She is also an active formal and informal mentor to a wide range of young talent with a focus on black and ethnic minorities.