Catherine is a Deputy Headteacher who has been in education for 22 years.
She is currently working an independent Special Educational Needs School in Preston.
She graduated from University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 1997 with a BA(Hons) in Music and Creative Arts. Following this, she studied a further degree at University of Sunderland in Music Education and decided to follow the route of teaching.
Throughout her career, Catherine has particularly enjoyed supporting families from varying demographics and has witnessed first hand when higher powers ignore those who need support the most. She has chaired many multi-agency meetings involving the police, CAHMS, social services and educational professionals and is a fully trained CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Ambassador.
In 2007, after a long campaign, Catherine was successful in attaining the Diana Award for Antibullying in schools, becoming the first middle school in Northumberland to achieve this prestigious accolade.
This was the platform for further work centred around equality and diversity within educational settings and Catherine soon became busy acting as a consultant in schools offering training on how to produce a more inclusive curriculum.
In Dec 2019 Catherine resigned from her position as DHT and was offered the role of Senior Mental Health Lead across Northumberland. She then went on to work for Stonewall, the largest human rights organisation in Europe , training schools across the UK in all aspects linked to equality and diversity.
Catherine enjoys volunteering and was a Special Constable for Northumbria Police in 1999 whilst studying at university.
Most recently she volunteered for the charity ‘Contact the Elderly’, an organisation which helps combat loneliness amongst the elderlygeneration by offering a bespoke befriending service.
Originally from Lancashire, Catherine enjoys cycling and is a keen musician- she has played keyboard in live bands across the North East since she started at university. Most recently with the band Union Street who play for many corporate events, weddings and celebrations.
Catherine first heard of Maggie Oliver years ago when news of the Rochdale grooming hit the media. She is very much looking forward to becoming more involved with the Foundation and being a part of something with such a positive objective.