Kathryn was a senior civil servant in Whitehall for over a decade, including working closely with Ministers on policy on arm’s- length bodies under both the Blair and Cameron governments.  She has been a corporate customer for a large Defra agency and headed the Secretariat of the Independent Panel on Forestry.  Whilst based at the Kennedy School of Government she studied the role of lay members on scientific advisory committees and she is currently an independent member of the Medical Research Council’s audit and risk committee. In addition to working in the civil service Kathryn has been a trustee or senior staff member in large and small charities managing their relationships with funders and partners. Kathryn is now founder and managing Director of Fields of London CIC, a Hackney based social enterprise creating tempting slices of employment for people who have experienced mental health problems by cooking and selling local, sustainable food. She is a Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs and is a Senior Associate of Westminster Training.