Kate has wide commercial leadership experience gained over 16 years in blue chip businesses. She is a high achiever with a proven track record of delivering outstanding financial results, leading and sponsoring organizational change, transforming customer relationships and creating a high performance culture in teams. Kate has held various Director positions within Britvic Soft Drinks PLC and GlaxoSmithKline PLC, with senior management positions in United Biscuits. Her unique blend of strategic commercial thinking and creative practical flair is highly valued by all with whom she works.
An experienced board level executive who brings strong customer focus and commercial leadership
Kate’s focus ensures that customers are close to the heart of organisational strategy, resulting in the transformation of customer relationships in her divisions. Her strong commercial leadership most recently resulted in a 3 year growth of over 3 times the market rate. She led the recovery of a loss making division from 7 years decline into sustainable profitable growth, and at GSK she doubled revenue, profit and market share moving from No.4 to No.2 market position within 3 years.
Stimulates and leads organisational transformation
Kate led a major organisational change program from ‘end to end’ at Britvic where she created a fresh vision, led the development of a new business strategy and gained Group Board approval to proceed. As business sponsor and steering group chair she led the delivery that resulted in accelerated GB growth and a step change in employee engagement and retention.
Inspires and coaches high performing teams
Kate is recognised as a charismatic, bold and inspiring leader whose passion and coaching capability for creating high performing teams has resulted in significant talent development for organisations. Kate has led restructures, recruitment, training, team development, and fosters a strong coaching culture. Her leadership engenders energy, commitment and loyalty amongst team members.
Kate lives with her financial director husband in East Horsley, Surrey. Her interests include skiing, golf, sailing, hockey and music. In 2002 Kate competed in the Round the World Yacht Race. She played national league and representative hockey for 20 years, including England whilst at university, and was a member of the winning European Cup Winners team. She is also a classically trained pianist with a music scholarship at university. She currently pursues these interests at a more leisurely pace as she is mother to two young children. Kate holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Business Management Sciences from Brunel University.
June 2013 – date
Mentoring of SME CEO group FMCG and SME strategy consulting
Britvic Soft Drinks PLC Commercial Director Impulse
Leadership of division, £250m turnover 300+ staff, 20 key customers Change lead & sponsor Member of GB operating board
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GlaxoSmithKline PLC Trading Director Grocery
Leadership of £170m turnover channel Team of 40 staff & 10 key customers
GlaxoSmithKline PLC Trading Controller Impulse
Leadership of £60m turnover channel, Team of 20 staff, 40 customers
United Biscuits Ltd
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