Meaningful Lives For Powerful Results


Kathleen was born in the Northeast of England within The United Kingdom. She spent her childhood in South Africa (The Orange Free State and Transvaal) at a time when apartheid was at its peak and this experience helped shape her passion for diversity and equality. On returning to the United Kingdom Kathleen earned a degree in chemistry from Leeds University.

Early Career

A role in industrial research, post University, allowed Kathleen to discover her passion for fast moving environments and teamwork, which resulted in operational procurement roles in both the Chemical and Electronics Industry. The search for strategic thinking in supply chain management took Kathleen down the path of management consulting in her thirties with Atos Consulting (formerly KPMG Consulting), specialising in procurement advisory services for large scale and diverse organisations, in Europe and USA, across many sectors (both public and private). She believed that Procurement was fundamental to an organisation and deserved a seat and voice at the top table, at a time when it was regarded as simply tactical and operational Function with no input into business strategy. Her drive and passion for the subject matter led her to the position of Programme Director in the firm and  award winning successes with clients (awards from  The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) in 2002, 20004 and 2005).

Executive Roles

Kathleen became a Senior Partner for Atos Consulting UK in 2005, managing a team of over 100 consultants in the procurement practice, specialising in The Defence Sector. She also held the position of strategic procurement technical advisor for UK and Europe spanning bids, methodologies and accountability for programme delivery and P&L performance.

By 2009 Kathleen had decided she should deploy her skills to demonstrate that public sector procurement teams could achieve delivery excellence in policies, processes, practices, skills development and value improvement.  She therefore took up an Executive role with The Royal Mail as Group Procurement Director and led a 100 strong team, responsible for direct and indirect spend management, spanning $2.3 billion, from 2009 – 2013. She was a Group Executive team member and sat on the Investment Committee and Joint Venture Committee.

She credits her team with exceptional courage and skills to support the transformational delivery of £650m cash and P&L savings over a 5-year period. These savings were audited independently by Royal Mail’s Finance Team – equating to circa 8% of addressable spend, yielding an ROI of between x9.5 – x17.3 every year.

This incredible transformation journey was recognised by The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Accreditation Programme and was awarded Gold Accreditation in 2012 (1 of 15 companies worldwide to have this status at the time) and then went on to Platinum Accreditation in 2013 (currently the only business worldwide to hold this status at the time).This transformation journey was also short listed for the CIPS 2011 awards in two major categories and won Best International Project in the CIPS 2012 awards.

Kathleen also held the Group Facilities Management Director post (pro tem) from 2010 to 2011 which involved the successful renegotiation of a key Joint Venture with Balfour Beatty and fully compliant delivery of facility management services whilst reducing the budget by £28m over 18 months (7%).

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Non-Executive Roles

Kath was appointed to the DE&S Board within The Ministry of Defence in 2014 and sat on the main board as well as the audit and remuneration committee. DE&S is a bespoke trading entity, and arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence. It manages a vast range of complex projects to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively. It works closely with. DE&S employs approximately 12,500 civil servants and military personnel around the UK and overseas and is responsible for over £12 billion spend portfolio.

Breaking Barriers Innovations

Kathleen  joined The Breaking Barriers Innovations Advisory Board in 2018 to share her expertise in procurement and supply chain. Breaking Barriers is an independent project with the principal aim of radically improving the delivery of public services across the UK for maximum social impact. It creates an open space for debate in which public service professionals, innovative suppliers, experts and other stakeholders devise new public service models based on innovative place-based working. It is chaired by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, and gathers together senior leaders from the private, public and third sector, embracing areas including procurement, commerce, architecture and design, infrastructure, property and regeneration, technology and innovation, communications and social policy.

Fractional Roles

Kathleen began working independently as an interim and C-Suite advisor in 2019 to gain variety in her portfolio and to pass on her skills and experience to others. She is passionate about leadership, work life balance, mental wellbeing, diversity, and women in the workplace. Her mission is to help others realise their true potential by reconnecting with their purpose and power, to deliver extraordinary results. Her recent assignments have been an interim CEO in The Wellness Sector and M&A advisor within The Retail Sector.


Kathleen’s passions lie in meditation, yoga, art, palliative care giving and volunteering for Marie Curie.